COVID-19 News

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

Update 14/7/20

Dear families,

Earlier this week, the Premier and Minister for Education announced that we will be returning to Remote and Flexible Learning from Monday 20th July until at least Wednesday 19th August.
I am still waiting for a DET Bulletin with further details and will communicate any further information with you as soon as I have received it.
I imagine that you will have many questions in regards to school operations and the delivery of this learning program, and I will endeavour to respond to these soon.
We will be working on our Learning From Home Program over this week and will apply the learning we took from the previous period of on line learning. We will be using the data and feedback that came from parents. We will communicate this approach and the changes made with you as soon as practicable.

There are some changes to the previous Remote and Flexible Learning regarding attendance at the school, these are:

  • Year 11 and 12 students, and year 10 students doing a VCE subject attend school for their VCE and VCAL lessons.
  • Students with disabilities may attend school to be supervised by school staff in their on line learning
  • Students, whose parents are unable to work from home and can make no alternative arrangements for the care of their children, may also attend school to be supervised by school staff in their on line learning

To enable us to plan staffing levels for supervision, parents will need to email their child’s sector principals with details about their child, prior to attending. There will be no ‘casual’ attendance allowed. All students who attend on any day will have been pre-approved by a sector principal.

Primary
Students whose parents are unable to work from home and no other care arrangements are available, please email 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).

Students with a disability. If a parent wishes their child with a disability to attend school for supervision while doing their on line learning please email natalie.vulic@education.vic.gov.au with the following information:

  1. Student Name and Year level
  2. Disability type
  3. Requested days and times for the week

If parents do not have access to a device their child can use during online learning, please email tsering.sherpa@education.vic.gov.au with the following information:

  1. Student name and Year Level
  2. If access to a device, (tablet with internet), or dongle (internet only) is required.

 

Secondary
All VCE and VCAL students are expected to attend. The usual timetable continues and teachers will work with these students face to face at school. If a student or parent needs advice about VCE or VCAL, please contact: tara.hyatt@education.vic.gov.au
Students whose parents are unable to work from home and no other care arrangements are available, (please note it is expected most secondary students are able to work on line from home and do not require supervision at school). If your child is unable to remain safe at home please email 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

Students with a disability. If a parent wishes their child with a disability to attend school for supervision while doing their on line learning please email renee.liprino@education.vic.gov.au with the following information:

  1. Student Name and Year level
  2. Disability type
  3. Requested days and times for the week

 

Supported:
Parents have already been contacted by the Supported principal, Francesca Ahearn and arrangements made. If you need to update Francesca or seek further advice: francesca.ahearn@education.vic.gov.au

When teachers are allocated supervision at school, they will be unable to be contacted for assistance with on-line learning. Teachers allocated supervision, will usually have on line tasks set for students but cannot assist on a face to face supervision day. Teacher supervision rosters will be posted when they are developed so students and parents will know when teachers are unavailable

If a student is approved to attend school during the period of on line learning, they will need to bring:

  • Their food to be eaten, (no food is to be shared)
  • Filled water bottle/s
  • Learning supplies – device, pens/pencils, workbook, book to read etc.

The school will supply soap, sanitiser, etc, but I recommend parents supply their child with a personal supply of sanitised wipes, a bar of soap in a plastic container or zip lock bag, and a small bottle of sanitising lotion.

Parents may not enter the school grounds. Contact with staff should be via email or phone call to the office

The Victorian Chief Health Officer has confirmed that the use of face masks or coverings by adults or children is not recommended in schools at this time. However, students who wish to wear face masks in school and in going to and from school may do so.

If you, your child, or a family member develops symptoms of a fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell or taste, you should get tested at a coronavirus (COVID-19) testing facility and stay home.

If you would like health information from the Department of Health and Human Services, you can visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

These continue to be challenging times and I will keep you updated on further information as soon as it is available.

Stay well and keep safe.

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

VCAL / VCE – Return to school update

A parent has raised that I have not addressed year 11 and 12 VCAL students returning to school, as I have only referred to VCE. The information from the Department of Education was that all year 11 and year 12 students return as well as students in year 10 enrolled in a VCE study for VCE lessons.

All year 11 and 12 students should attend on Monday and beyond, not just the VCE students.
I apologize for the lack of clarity in my communications. Whether a student is working towards completing a VCE or VCAL, both are highly important and our year 11 and 12 students should optimize every opportunity to achieve the best result possible for themselves.
The year 11 and year 12 students, along with the year 10 students who have a VCE subject they need to attend for, must enter through the Victoria administration entrance for temperature testing prior to starting lessons. Temperature testing will commence from 8.30am. If a student has a temperature of 37.5 or higher they will need to return home and should seek medical advice or COVID testing.

Steve Warner
Principal
Manor Lakes P12 College

Return to Term 3 Update 10/7/20

I am still waiting for any additional information from the Department of Education, so if/when information arrives there is the possibility that arrangements announced may change.

School Crossing Coverage from Monday 13th July
The following information was provided today by Wyndham Council

After the announcement made by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, The Wyndham City Council’s School Crossing Program have organised for the following crossings to be covered for students who are attending school for their VCE studies.

Eureka Drive- 8:00am-9:00am and 2:30pm-3:30pm
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-8:00am-9:00am and 2:30pm-3:30pm
Scholar Drive- 8:00am-9:00am and 2:30pm-3:30pm

Could you please pass this information on to the parents and carers at your school so that they can plan their route to and from school accordingly.
While we appreciate that school times may have changed we are unable to staff school crossings outside of the school zone times. This is to ensure the safety of both the pedestrians and School Crossing Supervisors as drivers do not expect to see flags outside of these times and often do not change their driving behaviour.
Thank you for your understanding during this time and we will continue to do our best to ensure the safety of both pedestrians and our School Crossing Supervisors.
Please take care.

Supervision arrangements for students whose parents are unable to work from home and no other childcare arrangements are available.

During the extended school holiday next week, the school is required to provide supervision for students whose parents are unable to work from home and have no other care alternatives. If you are in this category please provide the following information to the relevant sector principal to determine if you are eligible for the school to provide supervision.

  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).

Primary: Natalie Vulic, natalie.vulic@education.vic.gov.au
Secondary: Renee Liprino, renee.liprino@education.vic.gov.au
Supported: Francesca Ahearn francesca.ahearn@education.vic.gov.au  

Big Childcare will be continuing their holiday care program and will run their activities for students who are eligible to attend school for supervision and this includes up to year 7 and year 8 students from secondary level.
If you are not eligible for child to be supervised at school, Big childcare can still provide their holiday program for families at $65 per day less child care subsidy. Details are below.
Please note: No child should be attending school if they are unwell. If a student becomes unwell during the day, parents need to ensure they are able to collect a child promptly or have arrangements in place to do so.

Message from Big Childcare
Dear Parents and Guardians

It’s hard to believe we will be entering another period of lock down for Melbourne. These are tough times however Big Childcare continues to prioritise the health and well-being of our families and staff.

We would like to reassure you that Big Childcare are continuing to protect your children through stringent hygiene and physical distancing practices across all our services. We also want to protect the enrolments and bookings of all of our families and ensure that no family requiring care misses out.

Further to the government announcements made on Tuesday, Big Childcare will be providing an extra week of care to assist families with the new mandates. 

If you do not hold a permanent booking and require care during the week beginning 13 July or need to make any changes, please contact your dedicated centre manager immediately. The cost of a curriculum day for Big Childcare before any Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is $65. 

For families that are essential workers and can not work from home, Manor Lakes P-12 School has kindly stated that they will cover the gap fees for these families; provided they are able to submit documentation from their employer stating that they cannot work from home.
This documentation will need to be submitted to your sector principal confirming your eligibility. Big Childcare will then liaise with the school regarding this confirmation. 

Please note only students enrolled at Manor Lakes P-12 will be eligible to attend. 

We would like to assure families that we will be operating throughout Lockdown 2.0 J, and your dedicated centre manager is only a phone call or email away!

Be well and stay safe.
Big Childcare 

VCE students attending school on Monday
All VCE students returning to school on Monday are to enter the school via the secondary administration area in the Victoria building. Seven temperature screening stations will be set up and all students must be temperature screened before entering class. Any student with a temperature 37.5C or higher will have to return home and should be tested for COVID19 and be cleared before returning to school.
No student should be attending if unwell.

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

Commencement of Term 3 – Update Thursday 9th July

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.

Update 27/5/20

Dear parents,

Thank you for your assistance over the first day and a half with the transition back to school for P-2, VCE/VCAL and Supported students. The staff and I expected some teething issues with parents remaining off site and students returning to classes after significant time away, but from our observations these issues have been few. Parents are welcome to contact me to raise concerns and the school leadership will consider what options are available.

 

Forgotten Lunches

As previously requested, parents and other adults are asked to not enter the school or office unless urgent. In my previous posts, I failed to mention arrangements if a student has forgotten their lunch/snack. An emergency lunch will be provided, sandwich, fruit, fruit cup etc. Parents are requested not to bring lunch or other food to school. A phone call to the office if a parent realises a lunch has been left behind will be all it takes for a member of student wellbeing to organise a replacement lunch. If a student lets their teacher know they do not have lunch or snack, this will also activate an emergency lunch/snack to be made available.

 

School Crossings

I was advised by Wyndham Council last week that not all the crossings around the school would be supervised. This is a result of many of the crossing supervisors being elderly people and in the vulnerable, medical groups and unable to return to their work as crossing supervisors. The supervision of the crossings is a Wyndham Council responsibility and while I would prefer all crossings were supervised during drop off and pick up, the school has no control over the crossings. If parents are concerned about a crossing, please contact Wyndham Council to express your concerns and ask for assistance with those concerns.

 

Smoking near the school

A parent has raised concerns this morning with a teacher on gate duty about parents smoking near the fence. Smoking is banned within 4 metres of entrances to schools and also within the grounds. It would be appreciated if smokers maintain a suitable distance from the entrances.

Steve Warner
Principal

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

School Update: 13/5/20

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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