Dear Families,

The latest update from the Department of Education has just arrived. In summary:

  • The school holidays have been brought forward to commence from Tuesday 24th March. This is described as an unprecedented step in response to unprecedented circumstances. Students should be supervised at home.
  • The Department of Education has a responsibility to provide care and supervision programs for Primary and Supported Learning students who are the children of essential services workers who choose to send their children to school. Examples of essential services workers includes health, police, corrections and emergency services workers. The care and supervision for the children of essential services workers will be provided by a combination of CRT and available staff at school.
  • The Department of Education will be working with Out of School Hours Care providers to conduct a vacation care program for the children of essential services workers. If you are an essential services worker and you will require holiday program places for your children due to the State of Emergency, you are requested to contact me. The information collected will be used by the Department of Education to determine the level of provision of holiday programs required.
  • I am still waiting for information about whether vacation care programs will be running.
  • The Victorian Chief Health Officer will advise on whether the transition to remote learning will commence at the beginning of next term, Wednesday 15th April, or whether school will resume. This advice will be provided closer to the 15th of April.
  • Teachers will work from school or from home for the remainder of this week and they will be preparing their on-line learning programs.
  • The on-line learning program will be begin on Wednesday 15th April if school does not resume after the holidays.
  • Tuesday 14th April remains a curriculum day.
  • Students should collect their personal belongings from school this week. Parents will need to collect medications for their primary students, (secondary students can collect their own medication from First Aid). Collection of belongings can occur between 8.30am and 3.00pm each day, Tuesday – Thursday, and from 8.30am – 1.00pm on Friday.

I will continue to inform parents as further updates and information are provided.

Steve Warner
Manor Lakes P12 College
Mobile: 0425729304