As you will have heard, we have had yet another change to the roadmap to returning to school this week. From this Friday, all of our students are invited back onsite. I have lost track of the last time that we have had all the students onsite together, but it seems like forever ago.
A reminder, tomorrow we have the Foundation - Year 2 students and the Yr 5/6 students. Friday everyone is back.
This will be a significant day for us and we’re looking forward to the safe return to onsite learning. We will be employing COVID safe procedures, ensuring the classrooms are well ventilated and moving the learning outside where practical.
This week we have seen the teachers and classes making full use of the outdoor learning opportunities. We had the Year 3-4 team down at the Macedon Reservoir yesterday, as well as the foundation classes in Middle gully. There is a high rotation of classes using the rotunda for lessons and some of the outdoor teaching and learning supplies that were purchased recently are being utilised.
Further to my information last weeks about how school will be dealing with a COVID exposure site, I have learned this week that in the event of our school becoming a COVID exposure site we can expect to be closed for approximately 24 hours. In this scenario the school administration team will take on a fast response contact tracing role and the school will be cleaned. One major differences, which is new, is that DET and our school will be aiming to get students who have not been exposed to the positive case back onsite more quickly than in the past. Those students and staff who have spent prolonged periods of time inside together will be considered primary close contacts and will need to quarantine, however those who have had fleeting contact or contact outside will be considered lower risk.
I will continue to update you on the COVIDsafe procedures as they evolve to keep you up to date as best I can.
I would like to introduce you all to Olivia Desormeaux who is our newest staff member and new Inclusion Leader. Olivia comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and a passion for creating inclusive environments to support students to access learning in an authentic way. Olivia’s primary role is to support us to build our individual and school capacity to become a more inclusive. We cater for a diverse range of students here at Macedon who come from differing back grounds and we’re excited and open to learning new ways and thinking. We hope this new learning will help us to fulfill our roles so that all of our students feel connected, safe, heard and experience success.
Sampai jumpa (until next time)