As things with COVID-19 progress and the social distancing and isolation measures prove successful, a staged return to on-site learning is set to begin as of Tuesday 26 May. Information regarding this has been disseminated, and here follows a translation of that information in Dinka:
“With Victorian schools — and the children they educate — uniquely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, parents are likely to be left with many uncertainties.”
So, how will it work at MacKillop College?
Is Term 2 being delayed? There is no change to the start date, which for most schools is Wednesday 15 April 2020. Remote and online learning will not commence before this date.
Can I send my son/daughter to school in Term 2? Only if they cannot stay at home. If they can learn from home, they must stay at home.
I need to go to work — what should I do? The College will be open for students who can’t stay at home to learn. If you need this to occur please email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org putting ATT: Assistant to the Principal in the subject heading and identify how your son/daughter will get to the College.
What happens if I have one school aged child and one in childcare? Childcare is still open for those who need it. If your school-aged child can learn from home, they should.
Won’t my son/daughter get a better education if he/she goes to school instead of staying at home? No, all students will be doing remote and online learning, even those who physically go to school. The College will be operating with a skeleton staff. Teachers will be working remotely, even if students are physically at the College.
Who will look after my son/daughter if they have to go to school? They will be supervised on the College grounds, in classrooms and/or in the library where they will do remote and online learning with their teachers.
Won’t students get coronavirus at school? Social distancing, including separation of desks, will occur and so will extra cleaning. Hand sanitiser will be provided in all classrooms and the library where students will be working.
How many students will be in classrooms? A maximum of 10.
I don’t know my son/daughter’s subject matter, will that impact their learning? No. Teachers will provide expertise. The most important thing for you is to provide a supportive and encouraging environment.
How will I know what is happening with my son/daughter’s education? Schools will continue to use normal communication tools such as websites, newsletters and emails to send information to parents.
When will remote and online learning be done? Your son/daughter’s learning tasks will be emailed to them and yourself by 9:00am every morning, for every class on that day.
Will my son/daughter have face-to-face contact with teachers online? Learning will be done over various online platforms — for example, work sheets submitted through Google classroom, Class OneNote etc. In some cases student may be engaged in video conferencing e.g. Zoom meetings.
What if my son/daughter can’t get access to online worksheets? As a last resort, worksheets will be sent to households in hard copies.
For the COVID-19 23 March Update 1 in Dinka, click the video below.
When should I keep my son/daughter home? As of Tuesday 24 March 2020, MacKillop College Term 1 break has officially commenced. This decision was not made lightly and so we encourage parents/guardians to keep their son/daughter home for the duration of the holidays.
When will students be required to return to school?
Further communication regarding the commencement of Term 2 will be communicated as soon as possible. At this stage, the intention is for students to return to the College when Term 2 commences. If the advice changes, however, online learning will commence for Term 2.
What does my son/daughter need for online learning? Students will need all of their school materials. If they were unable to take all of those home today (Monday 23 March 2020), there will be an opportunity for them to come and collect their materials over the next four days (Tuesday 24 March until Friday 27 March).
Further information on what will be needed for online learning can be found by clicking on these links: Preparing for a school closure: Student Guide Preparing for a school closure: Community Guide
I am struggling to get a Statutory Declaration processed due to the doctors and chemists being overwhelmed. What else can I do? The following authorities can sign a Statutory Declaration:
Why hasn’t MacKillop College closed yet? The current advice is that all schools remain open, as shared in the CEVN directive sent on Monday 16 March 2020, Dr Brett Sutton, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, who has advised that ‘pre-emptive school closures are not likely to be proportionate or effective as a public health intervention to prevent community transmission of COVID-19 at this time.’ This is the same advice given by Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia.
Closure at this stage would be premature and do more harm than good. The instant that changes, we will respond accordingly.