COVID-19 News

Lockdown Update

Dear Families,

The rumoured lockdown has been confirmed, (for longer than I thought it would), and begins from tonight at 8.00pm and continues with a return to school, next Friday, 13/8/21. The conditions around the lockdown are the same as previously.

Schools will continue to provide on-site supervision for students in the following categories:

Children where both parents and/or carers are authorised workers who cannot work from home, work for an essential provider and where no other supervision arrangements can be made:

  • Where there are two parents/carers, both must be authorised workers, working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision
  • For single parents/ carers, the authorised worker must be working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision.

Children experiencing vulnerability, including:

  • children in out-of-home care
  • children deemed vulnerable by a government agency, funded family or family violence service, and is assessed as requiring education and care outside the family home

Teachers will be running a limited program tomorrow, but will be doing check ins with all students and assigning some tasks for students.

By Monday more comprehensive Remote Learning will be in place with a focus on Literacy and Numeracy.

 

I will provide further information as it comes to hand.

 

 

Steve Warner

College Principal

Manor Lakes P12 College

Email: stephen.warner@education.vic.gov.au

Mob: 0425 729 304

Potential Lockdown Information

Dear Families,

 

You may have heard the rumours and speculation about a potential lockdown. I have no knowledge of what may be under consideration or already planned and I will be paying attention to media announcements this afternoon and evening.

I have asked teachers to instruct students to take home items they require for Remote Learning. If a lockdown is announced, then students will be ready for Remote Learning. If there is no lockdown announcement, students should attend school as normal tomorrow and bring their learning items back. Students will be asked to continue to take their Remote Learning needs home each night so they are ready to commence learning if a lockdown is announced in the near future.

I stress, if there is no lockdown announced, students should attend school tomorrow.

I am able to respond to questions or concerns, but at this stage, there is no actual information, purely speculation.

 

Steve Warner

College Principal

Email: stephen.warner@education.vic.gov.au

Mob: 0425 729 304

Return to School Tomorrow, 28/7/21

Dear Families,

The announcement made today stated that all students return to school tomorrow, 28/7/21. The school will be open to accommodate all students able to return given the notice given. All learning will be face to face, unless a student has a medical condition that prevents them returning.

I received the Department of Education advice about the return this evening at 7.30pm and can now send out the summary of the Operations Guide provided to all schools.

Based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, schools in Victoria will return to face-to-face learning and teaching for all students from and including Wednesday 28 July 2021.

As part of planned changes to keep our schools safe and reduce the impact of any future outbreaks, schools will be required to implement COVID-safe behaviours. These include the following strategies to promote physical distancing, minimise mixing between groups and limit access to school grounds to only those providing essential services:

  • All staff must wear a face mask at all times indoors and outdoors when at school (except when engaged in teaching), including in staff rooms
  • Staff should observe physical distancing, limit mixing in staff rooms and offices, and conduct all-staff meetings and professional development online
  • Density limits of 1 person per 4 square metres apply to staff areas such as staff lunchrooms and areas accessed by the public, such as reception areas
  • To prevent the congregation of parents at school gates and allow safe entry, where necessary, schools should consider staggered start and finish times, and/or separate entrances for different grade or year levels
  • Non-essential visitors should not be allowed into school grounds
  • Break times should be staggered where possible to ensure cohorts of students remain apart
  • All school gatherings such as assemblies and school events should be deferred or held remotely
  • Interschool activities are not permitted at this time.
  • School camps, outdoor education programs and overnight stays can take place across Victoria with no travel restrictions. Bookings must be limited to single schools. Multiple schools can attend camps providing school groups remain separated and do not share common facilities at the same time. Mixing of staff and students between different schools is not permitted.
  • Incursions are not permitted, but excursions can take place with students from single schools only.

 

Returning to on-site learning:

Schools have been instructed to focus on three priorities:

Attendance

Wellbeing

Learning

Face masks

There has been no change to the face mask advice, which will continue to apply to all school settings, including any OSHC programs:

  • School staff and secondary school students aged 12 or older must wear a face mask at all times indoors and outdoors when at school, including when attending an OSHC program, unless a lawful exception applies
  • Children under 12 years of age and students at primary school are not required to wear face masks when at school, or when attending an OSHC program
  • Face masks are mandatory for all school staff and school students aged 12 or older on public transport and when in taxis or ride-share vehicles. This includes travelling to and from school on public transport or in a vehicle with others not from your household
  • For the purpose of communication, teachers and education support staff are not required to wear face masks while teaching, but those who wish to do so, can.

Outside School Hours Care (OSHC): programs operating in schools can resume full operations from tomorrow.

Implications for Manor Lakes P12 College

  • Parents are asked to not enter grounds unless absolutely necessary. If a parent does enter grounds, eg for a prep drop off where there are no older siblings able to assist, they are not to linger, but take their child to the building and leave immediately.
  • If parents remain on grounds they must check in with the QR codes at the gates.
  • Secondary students require masks, however, if they have a medical exemption, they will be asked to socially distance from staff and classmates within the classroom.
  • Public events have been cancelled, however I have made an exception to the Course Planning for Year 10 students given it will be a scheduled event meaning we will know which parents were on site at which time, and the importance of this event for student pathways and future schooling over the next two years.

Expectations re Yr 10 Course Cancelling

  • Parents attending will need to QR code when they arrive.
  • Parents will be expected to maintain social distancing.
  • Parents will be required to leave promptly after completing their scheduled meeting.
  • Zoom and phone meeting options are available for families who opt to attend the Course Counselling in person.

Please refer to Compass notes from Erin Howard.

  • Excursions/Camps

Camps that have been booked will go ahead under DET operational guidelines.

  • Start and Finish times

These remain as normal. While there is a request to consider staggered start times, the P-12 nature of our school with many primary students dropped off by secondary siblings makes this impractical. Parents dropping students off are asked to drop off and not enter the grounds, staff will be at gates to assist students enter and move towards classrooms.

  • Parents attending school

Parents should only attend during the day if a booking or meeting time has been made. There are numerous strategies in place to support students such as emergency lunches and spare uniform which means parents do not need to drop off lunches or forgotten items.

Updates will be provided for parents as information becomes available

 

Steve Warner

Principal

Manor Lakes P12 College

Email: stephen.warner@education.vic.gov.au

Mobile: 0425 729 304

 

 

 

 

Principal Update 10-6-21

Based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, schools in metropolitan Melbourne will return to face-to-face learning and teaching for all students from and including Friday 11 June 2021.  I am expecting, and wanting, all our students to return to school tomorrow, while realising that some parents may opt not to send their child to school for a variety of potential reasons.

Students who are required to isolate or undertake home-based quarantine will be provided materials to continue their learning remotely, until such time that they are permitted to return to school.

 

As COVID-19 is a new virus, scientific research is regularly emerging. Currently, it is believed that COVID-19 can be transmitted by contact with droplets or airborne aerosols from an infected person, and contaminated surfaces. Airborne aerosols are tiny particles that float in the air. This understanding may change as more research emerges and more is learned about COVID-19.

 

Measures to promote COVIDSafe activities will be implemented, include:

  • Limiting school access to outside visitors where possible. Parents are asked to drop their child at a gate and leave the area as soon as practicable. If a parent wants to meet with a teacher an appointment time needs to be booked.
  • If a student is ill, they are not to attend school, and if a student has COVID symptoms they are to get tested and remain isolated until they receive their result. If negative they are able to return to school after their symptoms clear.
  • Mask use for staff and students over the age of 12

* School staff and secondary school students aged 12 or older must wear a face mask indoors at school, unless an exception applies.

* Face masks are required to be worn outdoors at school where physical distancing of 1.5m cannot be maintained.

* Children under 12 years of age and students at primary school are not required to wear face masks when at school, or when attending an OHSC program.

* Teachers and education support staff are not required to wear face masks while teaching, but those who wish to do so, can.

* Face masks are mandatory for all school staff and school students aged 12 or older when travelling to and from school.

If a student has an exemption from wearing a mask they will socially distance in the classroom

 

The Curriculum Day scheduled for Friday 18th June has been cancelled.

 

Monday 14th June is a Public Holiday and there is no school for students on this day.

 

If parents have questions about the return to school, please feel free to email.

 

Steve Warner

Principal

Manor Lakes P12 College

Mob: 0425 729 304

Email: stephen.warner@education.vic.gov.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Update 4/6/21

Dear Parents and Carers

The Victorian Government has announced arrangements for schools in Victoria from and including Friday 4 June.
Based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, all schools in metropolitan Melbourne will continue with remote and flexible learning until Thursday 10 June. This includes our school.
Students who are enrolled in a school in metropolitan Melbourne but reside in regional Victoria will continue remote and flexible learning.
Existing arrangements for on-site supervision of vulnerable children and the children of authorised workers continue to be in place.
There is one important change to the current settings.
Students enrolled in schools in metropolitan Melbourne in Years 11 and 12 and any other students enrolled in Unit 3/4 VCE studies will return to face-to-face learning from and including Friday 4 June.

On-site supervision 
The Victorian Government has requested that all students who can stay at home should remain at home, to slow the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19.
We will offer limited on-site learning for those students who need to access this, including for students on days when they are not able to be supervised at home or no other arrangement can be made.
1. For children of parents employed in authorised services who cannot work from home.
2. For vulnerable students without access to a safe or suitable learning environment at home, and as identified by DFFH

If you require your child to be supervised at school, the survey form at the end of this newsletter needs to be completed, and your child’s attendance at school needs to be approved by the relevant person:
Secondary – Renee Liprino – renee.liprino@education.vic.gov.au
Supported – Francesca Ahearn – francesca.ahearn@education.vic.gov.au
Primary – Tsering Sherpa – tsering.sherpa@education.vic.gov.au
The learning program provided at school will be identical to the learning program provided for all students working from home. Students attending school will be supervised by teachers who will be administering their own grade’s needs at the same time via remote learning. The children will not be supervised by their own classroom teachers.
Students who do attend school will be required to wear school uniform, and adhere to:
-physical distancing
-use of hand sanitiser
NO CHILD SHALL ATTEND SCHOOL WITHOUT PRIOR COMMUNICATION AND CONFIRMATION WITH THE SCHOOL.
By submitting this form, I declare that my child/ren is/are well and I will collect my child/ren as soon as practicable upon the request of the school if my child becomes unwell.
In order to make adequate provisions and meet requirements could you please fill in and return the following form by Thursday 27th May at 7:00pm, only if your child falls into the above categories as specified by the DET.
Parents who submit the form in the belief they meet this criteria will be contacted. Once parents have received approval and confirmation from the school, there will be additional booking information supplied.

Face masks 
Secondary school students aged 12 or older must always wear a face mask at school, including when attending an Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) program, unless an exception applies.
Children under 12 years of age and students at primary school are not required to wear face masks when at school, or when attending an OHSC program.
Face masks are mandatory for all school students aged 12 or older when travelling to and from school.

Application for Supervision of Students at School during Statewide Lockdown
Students that are approved to be onsite, are supervised in a classroom by volunteer teachers to ensure they are being safe, they are not taught by the supervising teacher onsite. The student completes the online work, the same as students who are staying at home. It is the same program.
It is expected the vast majority of 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 provide the following detailed information below.
I understand that your child may fit in one category, but I still need the other information in writing, so I have it for our records.
We may also need to pass this information on to the Department of Education, at their request, as they need to know what supervision is needed, if there are further Covid complications.

  1. Student Name and year level.

 2. Circumstances that require the student to be supervised at      school, e.g. both parents are authorised workers 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 authorised workplace will be required).Job Title:

Work Hours:

Start time:

Finish Time:

Work contact number to confirm details:

3.   If a secondary student, why the secondary student cannot manage themselves safely at home.

 4.  If your child is considered a Vulnerable Student, a child at risk of child abuse, a child in Out of Home Care. Please provide an outline of need for supervision at school.

 5. If your child has a disability (and this diagnosis is by a medical professional) – Please provide an outline of need for supervision at school.

27 May 2021 – Covid Lockdown Update

Dear Families,

The Acting Premier has informed the community that a state-wide lockdown will begin from midnight tonight. I have not been provided details by the Department of Education about what is required of schools other than the information conveyed at the morning press conference requiring home based learning and some reference to remote learning. during the lockdown. Teachers will be providing/assigning students with work to continue at home, eg reading, revision practice tasks, project/assignment completion. This will transition to remote learning and each sector will provide parents details about how to access the remote learning through Compass feeds.

Student belongings:

  • Teachers of primary and supported students will be asked to prepare basic resource packs that students will take home at the end of the day and bring back to school after the lockdown is completed.
  • Secondary teachers will be instructing students to take their personal belongings home, ie, empty their locker.

Before and After School Care

If any Primary age students require Before/After care, please contact BIG Childcare on manorlakes@bigchildcare.com

Vulnerable students/Authorised Worker children:

If you require your child to be supervised at school, the survey form below needs to be completed, and your child’s attendance at school needs to be approved by the relevant person:

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

Supported – Francesca Ahearn – francesca.ahearn@education.vic.gov.au

Primary – Tsering Sherpa – tsering.sherpa@education.vic.gov.au

The Victorian Government has requested that all students who can stay at home should remain at home, to slow the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19.

We will offer limited on-site learning for those students who need to access this, including for students on days when they are not able to be supervised at home or no other arrangement can be made.

  1. For children of parents employed in authorised services who cannot work from home.
  2. For vulnerable students without access to a safe or suitable learning environment at home, and as identified by DHHS

The learning program provided at school will be identical to the learning program provided for all students working from home. Students attending school will be supervised by teachers who will be administering their own grade’s needs at the same time via remote learning. The children will not be supervised by their own classroom teachers.

Students who do attend school will be required to wear school uniform, and adhere to:

-physical distancing

-use of hand sanitiser

-usual school expectations

NO CHILD SHALL ATTEND SCHOOL WITHOUT PRIOR COMMUNICATION AND CONFIRMATION WITH THE SCHOOL.

By submitting this form, I declare that my child/ren is/are well and I will collect my child/ren as soon as practicable upon the request of the school if my child becomes unwell.

In order to make adequate provisions and meet requirements could you please fill in and return the following form by Thursday 27th May at 7:00pm, only if your child falls into the above categories as specified by the DET.

Parents who submit the form in the belief they meet this criteria will be contacted. Once parents have received approval and confirmation from the school, there will be additional booking information supplied.

Families will be informed of any additional information as it is made available.

 

Steve Warner

Principal

Manor Lakes P12 College

Mob: 0425 729 304

 

School Update – 8.10.2020

Return to Face to Face Teaching Update 8/10/20

Dear parents and carers

On behalf of our school, I want to say a big thank you to all our students, parents and carers for your continued resilience and support throughout this year. I know remote and flexible learning has not always been easy, but through our collective efforts, our students have continued to make valuable progress in their learning. Plans and programs are being developed to assist students who have fallen behind, and these will be communicated with the parents of those particular students.

Term 4 is important for every Victorian student, and our teachers will strive to deliver high-quality learning for everyone. Whether we’re teaching remotely or face-to-face, our focus for Term 4 is on making sure that every student is supported in their wellbeing, learning and transition needs.

The Victorian Government has outlined their staged return to on-site schooling for all students as part of its gradual roadmap towards reopening.

Term 4 on-site schooling arrangements for students

Following advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has released a staged approach for students to return to on-site schooling.

The purpose of their plan is to get students back in the classroom as soon and as safely as possible without putting at risk all that has been achieved through the period of restrictions to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

For our school, the following arrangements apply:

From 12 October (second week of Term 4)

  • students in Prep to Year 7 will return to on-site schooling. The existing remote learning program will not continue for these year levels
  • Students enrolled in years 11 and 12 (and students in any other year level undertaking VCAL or VCE studies) will attend on-site schooling
  • remote and flexible learning will continue for all students in Year 8 to Year 10 (except students in any other year level studying VCE and VCAL units)
  • on-site supervision will remain available for students in Year 8 to Year 10 who are the children of permitted workers and vulnerable students.

From 26 October (third week of Term 4)

  • students in Year 8 to Year 10 will return to on-site schooling. The existing remote learning program will not continue for these year levelsOutside school hours care and vacation care

During the staged return, outside school hours care will be available to students attending for on-site supervision and progressively for the relevant year levels returning to on-site schooling.

Health and safety measures

The Term 3 remote and flexible learning arrangements were put in place by the Government to reduce the movement of more than one million students and their families across Victoria, to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

As on-site schooling resumes, we will continue to have in place measures to protect the health and safety of students, staff, families and the community. This includes staggering start and finish times, restricting parent access to school grounds and continued emphasis on hand hygiene and physical distancing where possible.

Please give particular attention to reducing the risks associated with congregation at school gates and taking steps to contribute to physical distancing within the school.

  • Only staff and students are to enter the grounds. If a person other than a staff member or student wishes/needs, to enter the school, an appointment is necessary and this can be made by emailing: lakes.p12@education.vic.gov.au or ringing the office: 9741 4202.
  • Drink fountains have been disconnected and can only be used to refill water bottles – students must bring water bottles from home.
  • The secondary canteen will reopen as of 12/10, however students must maintain a 1.4m distance while queuing. The primary canteen is available as previously for lunch orders only.
  • All students 12 and over must wear a mask while at school, and while travelling to and from school. Mask wearing is optional for students under 12.
  • The gates between primary and secondary will be locked at 9.00am. It is essential that all students, primary secondary and supported, arrive on time and are able to enter their classes when they begin.
  • The primary year levels will have staggered start and finish times to minimise parent congestion around school entrances. The secondary and supported students will have the usual start and finish times. A number of supported students require parent assistance to enter, but we believe the size of car park, number of students and size of entrance will enable social distancing to occur. The secondary students are more independent and few parents accompany secondary students to the gates to enter school. Arrangements will be made to assist secondary students to pick up primary siblings or for primary students to meet up with secondary siblings at the end of the school day.
  • Where possible, buildings will have one way travel corridors, ie an entry door and an exit door. Students must follow these entry and exit procedures into buildings.
  • Students will have recesses together in their sectors, and active play and passive activities will be allowed/encouraged. Physical contact between students is not allowed. Previously, students have been observed hugging and other platonic gestures. This has not been encouraged, but understood as a social gesture. The current social distancing expectations means this behaviour cannot occur at school.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available in every room and should be used by students when they enter and leave. It is recommended students have a personal supply of hygiene products, wipes, sanitiser, spare mask.
  • Use of shared items, eg stationery supplies will be minimalised, and if sharing is still required, items will be wiped down after use.
  • Additional cleaning has been provided by the Department of Education and this will take place throughout the day.
  • Any student who is unwell must not attend school and should be tested for COVID if they present with any symptoms. If family members are unwell, students should remain at home until the ‘all clear’ is given. If a student becomes unwell while at school, the student will be placed in ‘isolation’ and parents must make prompt arrangements for the student to be collected from school and medical action taken as necessary.

 

Whether your child/children are, returning to face-to-face learning or will be continuing with remote and flexible learning for a short period, please be assured we will be focused on three key priorities in Term 4:

Mental health and wellbeing

Our highest priority will be the wellbeing, particularly the mental health, of every student and member of staff. This means effectively mobilising all available resources to support our most vulnerable students and enabling staff to access the relevant support services.

If students are concerned about their wellbeing, mental, emotional, social, academic or physical, they should seek assistance from, family member, a trusted member of school staff, for Secondary students, the Drs In Schools program, or reconnect with a member of Allied Health if they have previously been involved. If a student is unable to identify who they can seek assistance/advice from, they should contact the following:

Steve Warner, College Principal – stephen.warner@education.vic.gov.au

Primary:

Daniel Condon, Assistant Principal: daniel.condon@education.vic.gov.au

Kim McCabe, Principal: kimberley.mccabe@education.vic.gov.au

Tsering Sherpa, Wellbeing Coordinator: tsering.sherpa@education.vic.gov.au

Natalie Vulic, Principal: natalie.vulic@education.vic.gov.au

Secondary:

Wayne Abrahams, Head of School 9-10: wayne.abrahams@education.vic.gov.au

Krystal Jessop, Head of School 11-12: krystal.jessop@education.vic.gov.au

Renee Liprino, Principal: renee.liprino@education.vic.gov.au

Penny Owens, Assistant Principal Wellbeing: penelope.owens@education.vic.gov.au

Billy Vasilevski, head of School 7-8: blagoj.vasilevski@education.vic.gov.au

Sam Watkins, Assistant Principal Curriculum: samuel.watkins@education.vic.gov.au

Supported:

Francesca Ahearn, Principal: francesca.ahearn@education.vic.gov.au

Learning and excellence

Some of our students have thrived in the remote and flexible learning environment, others have maintained their learning progress, and some have fallen behind, despite their best efforts and those of their families and teachers. Our priority will be supporting both those who need it to catch up and those who have progressed to continue to extend their learning.

Transitions

We will make every effort to ensure successful transitions for children moving from kindergarten into Prep, the Grade 6s moving into Year 7, and the Year 12s moving into employment or further education and training.

We know some families are worried that their child may have to repeat a year due to the disruptions of coronavirus (COVID-19). There is little evidence to support the benefits of repeating a year to catch up. Instead, schools will use teaching strategies that draw on the best evidence available to help students meet their learning needs.

Parents, families and carers can be confident that the best option for almost every child is to stay with their peer group, whether that is moving from kindergarten into Prep, moving from Grade 6 into Year 7 at secondary school, or students moving up any year level in between.

Information for All Students and Families

When students return to school, expectations that have been implemented previously will resume:

  • Students must be in uniform, refer to the school website to familiarize with uniform expectations.
  • Mobile phones are not to be used once students enter the school grounds, and are to remain off until students leave the school grounds at the end of the day.
  • Behavioural expectations remain in place.

For the wellbeing of all at the school, it is essential that students do not flout any measures that are in place or may be developed. There is still community transmission and the possibility transmission rates of COVID may increase. If a positive case occurs in a student or staff member, the school will be closed for the infectious clean as well as the contact tracing and remain closed until Department of Health and Human Services deems it safe to reopen.

Kind regards

Steve Warner

Principal
Manor Lakes P12 College

 

COVIDSafe principles for schools

Reinforce COVIDSafe behaviours* Create COVIDSafe spaces Promote COVIDSafe activities

 

Respond to coronavirus (COVID-19) risk*

 

·         Stay home when unwell*

·         Practise good hygiene*

·         Ensure physical distancing (1.5m) *

·         Wear a face mask* (students 12 years and older in secondary school, and staff.  Staff are not required to wear face masks while teaching, but can if they wish to do so)

·         Avoid interactions in enclosed spaces*

·         Make hand hygiene easy

·         Keep surfaces clean and implement enhanced environmental cleaning and disinfection

·         Promote outdoor air ventilation and do not have air conditioners on recirculate

·         Limit school access to outside visitors where possible

·         Reduce mixing between groups

·         Create workforce bubbles*

·         Adapt, modify or defer higher-risk activities

·         Move activities outdoors where possible, weather permitting

·         Keep records and act quickly if someone becomes unwell*

·         Use personal protective equipment

·         Clean and disinfect appropriately if a staff member or student has been unwell at school

·         Manage individual risk

 

WELCOME BACK PRIMARY – A message from the Primary Leaders

Dear Families,

We are looking forward to seeing all Grade Prep to 6 students on Monday 12th October, as they resume face to face teaching and learning. We are proud of all students’ and families’ commitments and efforts in continuing learning form home for such a long time, in the form of remote learning. Thank you to parents, grandparents, older siblings and other family members who have supported your children as remote learning was extended. We are all looking forward to hearing children’s voices and seeing children play in the school grounds – a school is a weird place without children! Here are a few reminders about the return to school:

All Primary students are expected to return to school on Monday 12th October. 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 our Wellbeing and Engagement Leader, Tsering Sherpa, so an appropriate plan can be developed:

Primary – Tsering Sherpa: Email: tsering.sherpa@education.vic.gov.au

 

Staggered Start and Finish Times:

To ensure we adhere to physical distancing advice from the Department of Education, we will implement staggered arrival and dismissal times for the remainder of term 4. The times are as follows:

Year Level Arrival time into school gate Home Group Begins Exit time out of school gate
Grade Prep 8:25am 8:40am 2:30pm
Grade 1 8:25am 8:40am 2:30pm
Grade 2 8:25am 8:40am 2:30pm
Grade 3 8:40am 8:50am 2:45pm
Grade 4 8:40am 8:50am 2:45pm
Grade 5 8:50am 9:00am 3:00pm
Grade 6 8:50am 9:00am 3:00pm

 

*Grade 3 to 6 students with a Prep to 2 sibling will be permitted to enter the gate at the younger sibling’s allocated time, and proceed to the Hindmarsh Basketball Court for supervision.

Similarly, in the afternoon, Grade 3 to 6 students with a Prep to 2 sibling will be dismissed at the earlier timeslot of 2:30pm so the family can leave the gate at the same time (more information on gates below).

As per Department of Education directives, parents are not allowed onsite for the remainder of Term 4. We know this is a different practice that many families are not used to. The Grade Prep to 2 students have become independent in their new routine of independently collecting coloured gate tokens in the morning upon entry, and then exiting through the same gate in the afternoon.

We expect the Grade 3 to 6 students to independently make their way into and out of the school gates independently from Monday onwards. Please discuss with your child/ren which gate you wish for them to enter and exit. All students will need to collect a coloured token each morning.

Gates:

A Gate Preference Form will be sent to you following this post, and you will be required to nominate your preferred gate for entry and exit. Please submit responses by Friday 9th October at 5:00pm.

Gate signs are numbered and coloured as follows:

Gate 1 BLUE       Argyle swing gate (between Argyle and Burley Griffin)

Gate 2 RED–  Argyle car park slide gate – (between Argyle and Dalaroo)

Gate 3 YELLOW – New Bonney Sports Field Gate (close to Echo Supported gate)

Gate 4 GREEN  – Scholar Drive gate (between Bonney and Hindmarsh classrooms)

Gate 5  PURPLE– Dalrymple Community car park gate

Gate 6 ORANGE – Barlee Basketball courts gate

Gate 7 BLACK – Victoria building (Secondary) gate

PROCESS:

In the morning:

Please have your child/ren ready to say goodbye by the time that you reach your nominated gate –and then the gate staff will hand all Prep to 6 students a coloured token (same colour as gate). Students will walk to their classrooms, and will hand their coloured token to their teachers. Please ensure adults maintain physical distancing of 1.5m and do not congregate at the gate area. A planned goodbye routine is recommended, for example, one quick hug/kiss and a wave, and then move on promptly, to allow the next family to begin their routine.

In the afternoon:

  • Grade Prep, 1 and 2 students will be walked to designated gates for a 2:30 finish
  • Grade 3 and 4 students will walk to designated gates for a 2:45 finish
  • Grade 5 and 6 students will walk to designated gates for a 3:00 finish.

We expect many students, especially from Grade 3 to 6, to be walking home independently, or walking to a meeting spot away from the school to meet parents (this should be a preferred option to improve parents’ capacity to maintain social distancing) i.e. parents waiting away from the school.

Grade 3 to 6 students who have Grade Prep to 2 sibling will meet their younger sibling at the gate, and will be dismissed at 2:30, so that the family can leave the gate at the same time.

Students attending after school care will follow their normal process, which is:

Grade Prep students will be collected from classrooms at the end of the day (2:30pm).

Grade 1 to 6 students will make their way to Barlee Gym in small student groups/independently.

Primary students with a Secondary sibling will use Gate 7 (Black) and will be escorted to the Victoria Building to meet their Secondary sibling and proceed through the Victoria building to exit.

Late Arrivals

Late students disrupt the learning for all students. Students need to be in the classroom by the start of their Home Group time, in order to prepare for the morning sessions. Parents of students who are late will be asked to supply information about the lateness. To assist parents, online meetings can be organised to develop strategies to help ensure children are at school and ready for learning by Home Group time.

Gates to the school will automatically close at 9:00am. After this time, students will need to enter the Burley Griffin Administration office to collect a late pass. If a child is late due to a medical appointment, Primary children must enter the Burley Griffin office.

Items to bring back to school

  • Please bring back any student workbooks, handwriting books, and any other school based student belongings that have been taken home during the remote learning time.
  • Students should bring a filled drink bottle, as drinking fountains are out of action for the remainder of term.
  • School hats are required for term 4, as per our SunSmart policy.

Parents should only attend the office if they have an urgent matter. Communication should be by phone 9741 4202 or email manor.lakes.p12@education.vic.gov.au .

If you have any other questions, please let contact us via email

Natalie.vulic@education.vic.gov.au

Kimberley.mccabe@education.vic.gov.au

Kind Regards,

Natalie and Kim – Primary Co-Principals

Daniel Condon – Primary Assistant Principal

Family Support/Assistance

If any families have a health care card and are not currently linked in with the Smith Family Scholarships for students in P-6 to please get in contact with Tsering Sherpa- Leading Teacher for Student Wellbeing via email at Tsering.sherpa@education.vic.gov.au

For Camps Sports Excursion funding- CSEF, please speaking to office staff and providing a copy of their health care card.

Regards

Tsering Sherpa

 Message from Werribee Hospital

“Children aged 0-18 with medical problems can now receive in-hospital care at Werribee Mercy Hospital via our Emergency department. We are staffed by children’s doctors 24 hours a day, and look forward to providing great care for families closer to home.”

Dr Kate Hughes and Kathy McMahon, paediatricians at Werribee Mercy Hospital

School Crossings

The following information has been provided by Wyndham Council regarding crossing supervision.

“When determining which crossings are to be covered, we have taken into the crossings that are in direct vicinity of your school, speed limits, number of pedestrians that attended in Terms 2 and 3 and any that are considered high risk.

Throughout this year The Wyndham City Council’s School Crossing Program have worked towards expanding on its operations, to accommodate the needs of schools within our municipality. The School Crossing Program will return to full service once we receive advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, and where staffing levels permit.

Below is a list of the crossings that we are able to cover near your school and the times of supervision:

Eureka Drive- 8:00am-9:00am and 2:45pm-3:45pm

Howqua Way- 8:00am-9:00am and 2:30pm-3:30pm

Manor Lakes Boulevard- 8:00am-9:00am and 2:30pm-3:30pm

Minindee Road- 8:05am-9:05am and 2:30pm-3:30pm

Scholar Drive- 8:05am-9:05am and 2:30pm-3:30pm

While we appreciate that school times may have changed, after consultation with the Department of Education and the Department of Transport we are unfortunately not in a position to provide any staff for school crossings outside of the prescribed times.

As you would be aware, the prescribed school zone times, when speed limits must be reduced for the safety of users of a school crossing, are 8.00am to 9.30am and 2.30pm to 4.00pm. These times are set by the Department of Transport and backed by significant research and studies.

 

Corona Virus Advice for Students

Hi families,

There’s been lots of change going on lately, especially to the way you are learning.

Restrictions are still needed in some areas to help keep the whole community safe during coronavirus (COVID-19). There are also some changes at school.

This website created by the Department of Education brings all the information you need in one place, including links to mental health care supports

As always students and parents/caregivers can email mlchearme@manorlakesp12.vic.edu.au

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/coronavirus-advice-students.aspx

Dear Families

Dear Families.

The school leaders have been getting many emails from parents wanting clarity about school resumption. I have been told to wait for DET communications, however, I have received no further updates from DET since the email sent out late last week. When something does come, I will arrange for it to be posted on Compass and Facebook as soon as practicable. I understand the need for parents to have some information to organize care for children and arrange for their work. The following is what I know or think:

1 – DET has a list of schools closed on Monday – Manor Lakes P12 College is on this list. Obviously, the school will not be open tomorrow.

2 – The last DET communication stated that, “I’ll advise of a re-opening date as soon as I know.” I will do so, but at this stage I can only provide my thinking, but no facts.

The DET communication on 22/7 stated that, “This closure will allow time for the school and DHHS to undertake a full risk assessment. The closure will also allow appropriate cleaning of the school site to occur on the recommendation of DHHS.
During the risk assessment, the school will assist DHHS to identify potential close contacts of the student. Close contacts of the student will be notified by DHHS and supported to ensure they understand what actions to take. All students and staff are requested to remain at home while contact tracing occurs, which could take up to 72 hours.
As a result of the risk assessment, DHHS may request that some staff and students get tested. However, at this stage staff and students do not need to seek testing unless you develop symptoms.

I will inform you when the DHHS risk assessment has been completed and what actions will be required before the end of this initial closure period.”

My understanding of this is the school will not reopen until DHHS contact tracing has been completed. Contact tracing by DHHS has not commenced. My assumption is this means the school will remain closed for at least beyond Monday. I have advised teachers to be ready to recommence on the school site from Tuesday, but my belief is they are unlikely to be able to do so until late in the week.

3 – The school has initiated a phone call to all staff and students we believe may have had contact with the student who tested positive. We have contacted all families except five, who were uncontactable, and we will try again to call them tomorrow. Most of those we have contacted, staff and students as contacts, have possibly had very little contact and will be at very low risk, and DHHS may opt not to follow up with them.

4 – The school has had a full clean. (While it was a VCE student who tested positive, every room in the school has been cleaned). This has meant, all door handles, windows, ledges, tables, chairs, whiteboards, shared equipment etc; have been disinfected. The school is physically safe to return to, however, we cannot return while there is a risk a student may be positive, hence the need for the contact tracing.

In summary:

  • The school will be closed on Monday.
  • Parents will be informed when I have a reopening date, (I don’t think the school will open until later in the week at the earliest – but this is conjecture).
  • Big, Out of School Hours Care, will remain closed while the school is closed.

I am happy to clarify this if confusing, however, at this time I am working from the information I have provided above.

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

Contact tracing underway, cleaning update

Dear parents, carers and students,

I’m writing to update you on the situation at our school. I have been advised by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that contact tracing for our school is ongoing.
DHHS, as the lead health agency, is continuing to identify and speak to all close contacts of the student at Manor Lakes P-12 College who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Contact tracing
Contact tracing is a complex process and it is important for the safety of our school and community that it is undertaken in a thorough manner.
DHHS has advised that all our students and staff are requested to remain at home until contact tracing is completed. Any close contacts who have so far been identified by DHHS have been provided with instructions as to what they need to do to care for themselves and their families, whether they need to self-isolate, as well as any necessary further testing.

School deep clean
The deep clean of the school is continuing and will be completed prior to our school reopening. It is expected cleaning will be completed by Friday, 24 July. I’ll advise of a re-opening date as soon as I know.

Next steps
Once our school reopens, we will operate in line with the current advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer for schools in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire; the only students to attend on-site are:

  • students in years 11 and 12
  • students in Year 10 for VCE or VCAL classes
  • students who are not able to be supervised at home and when no other arrangements can be made – including children whose parents cannot work from home, vulnerable children and children with a disability.

Students in Prep to Year 10 at government schools in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire will continue to learn from home until at least 19 August.

More information
I recognise that we are all anxious to return to normal school arrangements as soon as possible and I assure you we are trying to achieve that as soon as we possibly can.
I am very aware that this is a time of heightened anxiety for us all. The people best placed to answer your questions are the Department of Education and Training (DET) staff who are supporting us. You can contact them on the coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 338 663. If you call them, please be clear that you are calling in relation to Manor Lakes P-12 College, and they will provide as much information as they are able.
I ask you to please respect the student’s right to privacy and encourage you to do what you can to make sure all our students and our wider community are included and supported during this time.
I will continue to keep you informed as further updates become available.
Yours sincerely,

Steve Warner 
Principal
Manor Lakes P-12 College
Email: stephen.warner@education.vic.gov.au
Mobile: 0425 729 304

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