Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Lockdown 7.0 for Regional Victoria is here and we have no way of knowing definitively for how long. We are however so lucky to have a school community that just gets on with it at a moment's notice. Our teachers worked solidly on Friday to transfer their curriculum content to the School Learning Portal and plan Wellness Wednesday activities. We were at a slight disadvantage that we didn't have the children at school Friday to send home their learning materials, so thank you parents for calling by to collect them and the year level learning packs. If you haven't been able to collect them please give us a call and we can make arrangements to get them to you.
This time the majority of children onsite are wearing masks and I'm so proud of them for giving them a go.
I know that providing an Authorised Work Permit from your employer has added an extra level of accountability for all of us but it will be essential that we are able to produce these if we are closed due to an outbreak in our community. While Dan Andrews clarified that only one permit per household was needed for Child Care facilities, however, schools require both parents/partners for eligibility. Category B (vulnerable students) do not require a permit. The number of children with COVID and schools having to close is a growing concern.
Wellness Wednesday is a day for the children to do fun, relaxing activities with no core curriculum learning. If category B children can do these at home that would be preferred. Children onsite on Wednesdays are able to wear casual clothes.
Our Teachers and Learning Support staff are either supporting student learning from home, planning in teams or supervising groups at school. I ask that parents only make contact during school hours. They need to be able to switch off at the end of the day.
Thank you for the many positive and encouraging messages sent to our staff. We appreciate your dedication to your children's learning but ask that you also remember that their wellbeing is just as important.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Miss Williams on the passing of her father. Any death in the family is emotionally difficult but particularly during COVID restrictions. Go gently Hannah.
Olga Lyons, Principal