COVID-19 News

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

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

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