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Remote Learning Update – May 15

Dear parents and guardians,

Thank you for all your support during the past five weeks of remote learning. The feedback we have received from parents through the regular surveys has been very helpful and for the most part extremely encouraging with over 90% of positive responses. Where possible, we have made changes to how we operate to accommodate for the majority of requests. As you can appreciate not all suggestions or requests are possible to enact. We also acknowledge that it hasn’t been an easy transition for some families and hope you have found a routine that works for your children. Please don’t hesitate to make contact with our support teams as required.

Following advice from the Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has advised that schools can begin a phased return to on-site schooling.

Stage One

Students in senior secondary (Year 11 and 12 VCE and VCAL) will return to school from Tuesday 26 May.

Year 10 students undertaking VCE studies should also attend school for those classes where practicable. If this is not possible for your child/children, please email Ms Mortellaro as soon as possible and we will discuss solutions.

All other students in years (7-10) will continue learning from home until Tuesday 9 June.

For those students who cannot be supervised at home and vulnerable children, the existing model of on-site schooling will remain in place during the two-week period from Tuesday 26 May to Tuesday 9 June. The current process that we are using to enable parents and carers to indicate the days or part-days for which on-site schooling is required will continue for this two-week period. Please contact the general office for support with this process.

Curriculum Day

To support all school staff to prepare for this transition, DET has decided that Monday 25 May will be a pupil-free day.

Stage Two

All other year levels (7 – 10) will return to on-site schooling from Tuesday 9 June. All students will be expected to attend school as normal.

Additional Important Information

Once a year level has returned, all students will be expected to attend school as normal. This means if you choose to keep your child/children home after their year level has returned to on-site schooling, we can no longer support their learning from home.

This does not apply to children who need to be absent for health or medical reasons. For those families, please contact the relevant year level team so we can make an appropriate plan.

This same approach is being taken by all government schools in Victoria.

To support the health and wellbeing of all our students and staff, our school will continue an enhanced cleaning routine and will encourage frequent hand washing. Drinking fountains will not be in use and we ask that your child bring a water bottle to school.

If your child is ill or is feeling unwell, they must not attend school. They must remain home and seek medical advice. Please notify the attendance office as per our normal process.

While the Chief Health Officer has advised that students will not be required to maintain physical distancing at school, there will be a number of important changes to our school operations, consistent with health advice. This will apply until further notice.

  • no excursions or camps
  • restrictions on access to the school site for anyone other than immediate school staff and students
  • spacing of desks in classrooms where possible
  • remain in your vehicle when picking up and dropping off your children and do not enter the school parking areas
  • additional line markings to promote orderly movement throughout the college
  • re-organisation of how students line up at the canteen
  • other additional measures that will be finalised and provided to our community prior to commencement of onsite learning.

We understand that some families may feel anxious about this move back to classroom teaching and learning. I can assure you that this decision has been taken on the basis of the best health advice available to our state. Please contact the relevant year level coordinator if you require support with returning to school.

More information about the return to school and coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the Department’s website, which will continue to be updated:

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

Thank you for your continued support, understanding and patience during this time. We look forward to welcoming our students and staff back to the classroom at Rosehill Secondary College.

Yours sincerely,

Arthur Soumalias

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