The latest Department of Education update was received today and has been widely publicized. The key message is – If a student can learn from home, they must learn from home.

To increase physical distancing across the population and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), children in Victorian government schools will move to remote and flexible learning and care at the commencement of Term 2.
This means that from the start of term two all students who can learn from home must learn at home.
The Department of Education has stated the following operating model will apply.

All students will be learning from home, except for students in the following categories:
a. Children on days when they are not able to be supervised at home and no other arrangements can be made. This will be available for children of parents who cannot work from home, and vulnerable children, including:
children in out-of-home care
children deemed by Child Protection and/or Family Services to be at risk of harm
– children identified by the school as vulnerable (including via referral from a family violence agency, homelessness or youth justice service or mental health or other health service and children with a disability).
b. For learning requirements that cannot be conducted via distance, and considering operational requirements set out below, small groups of VCE and VCAL students are permitted to attend school, with appropriate physical distancing and hygiene measures in place.

For the small group of students who will fit into any of the above categories, (no supervision available at home, out of home care, children at risk of harm, vulnerable and referred by an agency), Manor Lakes P12 College will be organising staff to supervise these students at school where they will complete the online programs planned by students’ teachers. Many staff are unable to attend the school setting because of personal safety, eg secondary medical conditions. I will need to organise a roster of staff to attend, and this will depend on the number of students who need to attend the school. If a teacher is rostered to supervise students at school, their online delivery of lessons is likely to be disrupted. To minimise disruption to programs and to ensure adequate supervision is provided at school for those students who need to attend, we must be informed ahead of each day if a student will be attending.

If a student is attending, parents must contact the relevant sector principal and provide the principal with the category that requires the student to attend the school. If a student does not meet a category to attend, the student should be kept at home. Any student who does attend will still need to follow usual school behaviour expectations as well as adhere to social isolation guidelines Sector principals will require at least 24 hours’ notice to ensure adequate staffing levels are organised.

Primary
Kim McCabe: kimberley.mccabe@education.vic.gov.au
Natalie Vulic: natalie.vulic@education.vic.gov.au

Secondary
Renee Liprino: renee.liprino@education.vic.gov.au

Supported Learning
Francesca Ahearn: francesca.ahearn@education.vic.gov.au

If families know they qualify under the categories above or want clarification, please contact the sector principal or me.

Out of School Hours Care – primary age students

Big Childcare will be holding a Student Free Day childcare service at Manor Lakes College on Tuesday 14 April Before and After Care at your school will commence from Wednesday 15 April
Big Childcare cannot offer additional supervision/care during the school day
Big Childcare assure us of the stringent hygiene and distancing practices in place at all of their centres.

Online Learning Program

If families believe they will have issues accessing the online learning program, eg no internet access, please contact a sector principal or me. Alternative arrangements will be considered on an individual basis.

Primary
Kim McCabe: kimberley.mccabe@education.vic.gov.au
Natalie Vulic: natalie.vulic@education.vic.gov.au

Secondary
Renee Liprino: renee.liprino@education.vic.gov.au

Supported Learning
Francesca Ahearn: francesca.ahearn@education.vic.gov.au

College Principal
Steve Warner: Mobile 0425 729 304, Email: stephen.warner@education.vic.gov.au

Curriculum Day – Tuesday 14/4/20

At the end of last term, the first day of the term was declared by the department of Education to be a curriculum day and will be the final day for staff to prepare to implement the online learning program.

Wednesday 15/4/20

The online learning program will commence on this day. Further information will be provided before then with clear instructions for students to access the online program.

Steve Warner
Principal
Manor Lakes P12 College
Mobile 0425 729 304
Email: stephen.warner@education.vic.gov.au

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