Dear Families,

I apologise for the late communication but I wanted to ensure that you have an update based on the information provided so far in relation to the commencement of Term 3 and the implementation of State Government advice within schools and their communities. I am unable to provide a more detailed communication as schools are still waiting for operational guidelines to be provided by the Department of Education.

I can confirm, based on DET advice, that the new arrangements for schools in metropolitan Melbourne including the City of Wyndham in relation to the start of Term 3 are as follows:

There will be five pupil-free days from Monday 13th – Friday 17th July for all Manor Lakes P12 students except for the following who will attend on-site from Monday 13th July:
~ Students enrolled in Years 11 and 12
~ Students in Year 10 enrolled in a VCE study, for VCE lessons
~ Students whose parents are unable to work from home and no other care arrangements are available

Teachers and staff not involved in on-site teaching of VCE subjects from Monday 13th – Friday 17th July will attend on site to:
~ Prepare for a possible move to remote and flexible learning from Monday 20th July;

DET has advised that the new arrangements are designed to give the government health experts additional time to assess the situation and decide the future actions regarding schools.

We are seeking clarification as to the process that is to be applied for students/families who are eligible for on-site attendance and supervision provided by school staff, according to the criteria outlined above. I expect the numbers of students attending for supervision to be very low given the latest information about the increasing numbers of Victorians becoming infected with COVID19 and the significant increase in the Wyndham area.

We are working in partnership with Big Childcare in the hope they will be able to continue their Holiday Care Program next week for students that require supervision. If this occurs I expect there will also be the opportunity for families who wish to access the Program at school to do so. That is, for those families who want care for their children but who don’t meet the criteria for on-site attendance and supervision provided by school staff.

I remain hopeful that we will have greater clarity on these matters for you tomorrow.

Sector Information
Primary:
Supervision can be provided for children whose parents are required to work, are unable to work from home, and there are no other care arrangements able to be made. If you do require supervision for your child, please contact the Primary principal, Natalie Vulic, natalie.vulic@education.vic.gov.au with the following information:

  1. Student Name and year level
  2. Circumstances that require student to be supervised at school, eg both parents work and no older sibling or relation at home or nearby to supervise. (If this is the case; job title, work hours, start and finish times and a contact number to confirm details at the work place will be required).

Secondary:
It is expected secondary students will be able to manage themselves safely at home. If there is no adult or older sibling to manage a student, and the secondary student is a danger to themselves, please contact the Secondary Principal: Renee Liprino, renee.liprino@education.vic.gov.au with the following information:

        1. Student Name and year level
        2. Circumstances that require student to be supervised at school, eg both parents work and no older sibling or relation at home or nearby to supervise. (If this is the case; job title, work hours, start and finish times and a contact number to confirm details at the work place will be required).
        3. Why the secondary student cannot manage themselves safely at home

Supported:
The school’s supported program is not recognized as a special school by the VRQA, and as such there is no provision for students in the supported setting to attend next week unless there is no care available at home because parents are unable to work from home. If you require supervision for your child because there is no care available please contact the Supported Principal, Francesca Ahearn francesca.ahearn@education.vic.gov.au  with the following information:

  1. Student Name and year level
  2. Circumstances that require student to be supervised at school, eg both parents work and no older sibling or relation at home or nearby to supervise. (If this is the case; job title, work hours, start and finish times and a contact number to confirm details at the work place will be required).

We understand that these changes mean uncertainty for our families, staff and the extended community. However, these steps have been identified as critical measures to protect the safety of all of us as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 health pandemic, and we are required to take seriously our responsibility to implement the Government measures and policies.

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

Late Information:
I received seven thermometers at school this afternoon with minimal advice but see in the media that all students attending school must have a temperature within a range or go home for medical advice or COVID testing. All returning VCE students and students attending day supervision will need to be temperature tested. When the delivery happened I was told additional thermometers will be provided if all students return for face to face teaching. If all students require temperature testing, daily school entry requirements will need to be adjusted. As further information is provided I will update families about this.

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