Letter to Parents Regarding the Return to On-site Teaching

LETTER TO PARENTS

Translations of this letter are available at: Returning to on-site teaching: advice in your language

 

Dear parents and carers,

Thank you for all your support during these past few weeks of remote and flexible learning.
Following advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has advised that schools can begin a staged return to on-site schooling.
In the first stage, students in Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2
To support all school staff to prepare for this transition, Monday 25 May will be a pupil-free day.
In the second stage of our return to on-site schooling, all other year levels will return to school from 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.
All other students in these grades and year levels will continue learning from home until Tuesday 9 June.
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 us 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.
If you child is ill or is feeling unwell, they must not attend school. They must remain home and seek medical advice.
While the Victorian 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. I will provide more detail about our local school context as soon as possible, but it is important to note that changes will include:

  • Dropping children off at the school gate ,adjusted arrangements for drop off and pick up, including staggered school start and finish times
  • restrictions on access to the school site for anyone other than immediate school staff and students
  • the way we conduct parent-teacher meetings and interviews

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.
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 and patience during this time. We look forward to welcoming our students back to the classroom.
Yours sincerely,
Enza Calabro
PRINCIPAL

Staged return of students to school

Following advice from the Victorian Government on Tuesday 12 May, some students will be returning to school from Tuesday 26 May.
The Victorian Chief Health Officer has advised that it is safe for Victorian school students and teachers to return to on-site schooling in a two-staged approach:

  • Stage 1 – from Tuesday 26 May
    Early years students (Prep to Grade 2) will return to school on-site. All staff will attend on-site.
  • Stage 2 – from Tuesday 9 June
    Grade 3 to Year 10 students (all other students)  will return to on-site schooling, subject to health advice.

The Department’s latest advice on can be found at www.education.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Parent newsletter 1st May 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Remote teaching and learning programs are in place for term 2, 2020. On site learning is available for eligible students including students who cannot be looked at home as parents/ guardians are working and there is no one to look after the student during school time. The program will be the same for students learning remotely and on site. Please find attached an application if there is no one at home to supervise your child on any day next week. Please contact the school on 03 9546 9578 if you wish to seek an application for any day next week. You can submit the application online at
noble.park.els@edumail.vic.gov.au

We are distributing devices (ipads and notebooks) to students who do not have access to one at home. We are trying to distribute these as quickly as possible.

Parents and guardians are being contacted and given a time to collect the device. If students have not yet been provided with a device they will receive a hard pack of learning materials for the week until they receive a device.

Please make sure that your child is engaging with the work provided by the teacher each day. Teachers will also be contacting your child and you may see a blocked phone number. Please respond as teachers will be contacting students during school times and have blocked their phone number for security reasons. Students should be up and ready commence with school work each day at the usual time school commences.

Students are required to complete literacy, maths and physical education activities each week. Science has also been timetabled for secondary students.

Teachers will assess students each week by discussing and reviewing students’ work each week and providing students with feedback.

If you have any questions or concerns please ring the school on
03 9546 9578

On Site Attendance Form NPELS

Parent and Carer Advice Phoneline using the telephone interpreter service

The Department of Education and Training have established a Parent and Carer Advice Phoneline for parents/carers of early years, primary or secondary school aged children to assist with queries relating to COVID-19 and for advice about supporting learning at home.
https://www.education.vic.gov.au/parents/learning/Pages/home-learning.aspx

Parents/carers who are not proficient in English can access this service via Telephone Interpreter Service at no cost to the family.
Please see the information about how to do this:

To access the Parent and Carer Advice Phoneline with an interpreter

  • Call the National Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450
  • Ask them to call the Parent and Carer Advice Phoneline on 1800 338 663
  • They will stay on the phone call and interpret. (Parents/carers will need to select which age group they are calling about)

The link below explains what service Parentline offers,
https://www.education.vic.gov.au/parents/services-for-parents/Pages/parentline.aspx

Instant Translation of DET Webpages

Step 1: Find your DET webpage e.g.
https://www.education.vic.gov.au/parents/learning/Pages/home-learning.aspx

Step 2: Scroll to bottom of the page until you find the Google Translate symbol:

Step 3: Click on ‘Select Language’, you can then choose from the list of 108 community languages


Step 4: The DET webpage will be translated into the language you have selected.

*Please note this translation tool uses Google Translate, it is intended as a guide and may not be accurate. Google Translate may produce translations that contain significant grammatical errors. Some parents and carers of EAL students may not have literacy in English or their home language. Contacting families via phone using telephone interpreters and providing simplified English information with graphics can help support communication with families.

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