Staged Return to Face-to-Face Teaching

Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thank you for all your support during these past few weeks of remote and flexible learning. Following
advice from the Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has advised that schools can begin a
phased return to on-site schooling.

In the first stage , students in Prep – Year 2, VCE and VCAL, and Supported Learning; will return to school from Tuesday 26 May.

To support all school staff to prepare for this transition, Monday 25 May will be a pupil-free day. Big
Childcare will operate on this day for primary age students. If you require care for your child/ren please contact Big Childcare to make a booking.
The June 9 Curriculum Day that was approved by School Council prior to the on line teaching program, has been cancelled to reduce further disruption to student learning.

In the second stage of our return to on-site schooling, Year 3 – Year 10 students will return to school from Tuesday 9 June.

For those students in Year 3 – Year 6 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 Year 3 – Year 6 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/ren home after their year level has returned to on-site schooling, we are not expected to 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 the appropriate person from the following so an appropriate plan can be developed:
Primary – Tsering Sherpa: Email: tsering.sherpa@education.vic.gov.au
Secondary Yr 7-8 – Billy Vasilevski: Email: blagoj.vasilievski@education.vic.gov.au
Secondary Yr 9-10 – Wayne Abrahams: Email: wayne.abrahams@education.vic.gov.au
Secondary Yr 11-12 – Krystal Jessop: Email: krystal.jessop@education.vic.gov.au
Supported – Francesca Ahearn: Email: francesca.ahearn@edumail.vic.gov.au
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 your child is ill or is feeling unwell, or an immediate family member is unwell, the student must not attend school. They must remain home and you need to seek medical advice.

While the 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 to all schools. Further information about our future operations follow this letter. We will provide more detail once developed and agreed to.

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,
Steve Warner
Manor Lakes P12 College Principal

Summary and Tasks that community members should organise in preparation for return to Face to face teaching:
Parents:
Contact the appropriate school leader if your child will be unable to return to school because of a medical condition.
Contact the appropriate school leader if you believe you, (as a parent), need to enter the school grounds to assist your child enter the classroom.
Discuss with your child/ren hygiene approaches to optimize their wellbeing as well as other members of the school community.
Organise your child’s supplies that may be required – soap, wipes, sanitisers, water bottle/s.
Develop drop off and pick-up strategies that do not include adults entering the school grounds.

School Leaders and Teachers:
Continue to inform the community of updates, any changes to the return to school arrangements, and the operational arrangements to maximise student, staff and community safety.
Plan for the return to face to face teaching.
Make plans to provide effective learning programs for students who cannot return to school because they are medically vulnerable, and determine if we can provide an ongoing on-line program for students whose parents choose not to return their child/ren for face to face teaching.

Students:
Practise their hygiene practices, eg, hand washing, avoiding contact with mouth, coughing into an elbow or tissue for disposal etc.
Prepare their resources for a return to school – work books, text books, pens, rulers, calculators, etc.

The following information relates to the information above. Each sector of the school will communicate with families over the next few days more specific information relevant to each sector of the school.
As Manor Lakes P12 College is a large and multi –sector school, we have carefully considered our personal circumstances. There will be substantial changes to how the school operates and some families will need to adapt practices to assist the issues around the coronavirus pandemic to keep all as safe as possible.

Risks about the proposed return to school have been discussed and initial plans developed. If further information or instructions come to light, these will be reviewed against our current planning and parents will be informed of the changes to be made.

There will be no excursions, assemblies, sporting activities, and other large gatherings in Term 2.

If your child/ren are unwell, they must not come to school. You must keep them at home and away from others.
If parents or other people in the home are unwell, children must not be sent to school.
We ask all parents to communicate with their child/ren how important it is to inform your parent/s or guardian or teacher, if you are feeling sick.

When dropping off and picking up your children, parents are not to enter the school grounds. If you require an exemption, eg, your child has limited mobility, please contact the relevant person from the list below to be considered for an entrance pass.
Primary – Tsering Sherpa: Email: tsering.sherpa@education.vic.gov.au
Secondary Yr 7-8 – Billy Vasilevski: Email: blagoj.vasilievski@education.vic.gov.au
Secondary Yr 9-10 – Wayne Abrahams: Email: wayne.abrahams@education.vic.gov.au
Secondary Yr 11-12 – Krystal Jessop: Email: krystal.jessop@education.vic.gov.au
Supported – Francesca Ahearn: Email: francesca.ahearn@edumail.vic.gov.au

Students must be at school on time, this means, they must enter the grounds by 8.40am at the latest.

Adult social distancing rules still exist. Parents should not call into the office to make general enquiries, hand over items to be passed on to students, or drop students off via the office.
The administration offices will be locked, and access will be by appointment.
General enquiries should be by phone or emailed to: manor.lakes.p12@education.vic.gov.au
Communications to teachers will need to be mailed to the school or passed on by students.
Lunches or lunch orders should be supplied to students. Lunches should not be brought to the office staff to be handed on to children. If a student does not have a lunch, an emergency lunch will be arranged, (sandwich and fruit).

If a parent needs to speak with a teacher or staff member, this should preferably done via email, zoom, webex, or phone call. If a parent has an appointment to meet with a staff member, they will need to attend either the Burley Griffin Administration Office for Primary and Supported, or Victoria Administration office for Secondary at the time arranged with the staff member.

The school has a responsibility to ensure that strict hygiene approaches are followed:
Cleaning and disinfecting of frequently used high-touch surfaces such as benchtops, desks, doorknobs, taps, and handrails at regular intervals throughout the day with a detergent solution or detergent/disinfectant wipes.
We have been informed the playgrounds will be sanitised on a daily basis. They will be open for students, but limited numbers at each playground will be considered and if necessary, implemented.
Reminding students to wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and using hand sanitiser when entering classrooms and at regular intervals throughout the day, particularly before and after eating and after going to the toilet.
Covering coughs and sneezes with one’s elbow or a tissue
Placing used tissues straight into the bin
Avoiding touching one’s eyes, nose and mouth
Not sharing food or drink.
Conducting regular audits of toilet facilities and cleaning supplies.
Closure of all communal water fountains/bubblers. All students will need to have their own water bottle at school each day.
Phys Ed and active play will be allowed and encouraged, however all students will be spoken with to ensure they do not engage in contact activities during their active play. For example, shooting for goal at the basketball ring is encouraged, actively scrimmaging for possession of the ball will not be allowed.
There are hand towel dispensers and hand sanitiser in every classroom.
Parents are encouraged to provide hand sanitiser and wipes for their child’s personal use. The school will be providing hygiene products such as wipes, soaps and sanitisers. A personal supply for a student would be for their sole use and mean they would not be required to use the school supplied, communal hygiene supplies.

Parents and carers of children and young people with complex medical needs are encouraged to seek medical advice from their health practitioner to support informed risk assessment and decision-making regarding the suitability of on-site education for their child. The school will support any family with extra needs in this area.

Manor Lakes P12 College is committed to doing its best to support the needs of our community and keeping everyone safe. A feature of the current situation has been that things have been fluid and circumstances can change very quickly.  The school will continue to monitor events and is ready to make any further changes that become necessary.
If you would like to discuss anything, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the principal class.
Thank you for your dedication, tolerance and consideration over the past weeks. There was much learned from the experience and we hope that elements of this learning can be applied to our future teaching.

Sincerely,
Kim McCabe – Primary Principal
Natalie Vulic – Primary Principal
Daniel Condon – Primary Assistant Principal
Chelsey Marks – Primary Assistant Principal

Renee Liprino – Secondary Principal
Penny Owens – – Secondary Assistant Principal
Sam Watkins – Secondary Assistant Principal

Francesca Ahearn – Supported Principal

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