COVID – 19: Updates

Covid-19: Letter to Families 3.8.2020

Dear parents, carers, students and staff

The Victorian Government has announced that, on the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, regional and rural Victoria will move to Stage 3 restrictions and metropolitan Melbourne will move to Stage 4 restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

These requirements apply to all schools across the government, Catholic and independent sectors and across all metropolitan Melbourne and rural and regional Victoria.

The changes to schools’ operations will come into effect from Wednesday 5 August, following a student free day on Tuesday 4 August, and are likely to apply until the end of Term 3.

As outlined in the Chief Health Officer’s advice on Friday, schools remain safe places for staff and students – but these steps are critical measures to reduce the movement of students and families across the state. 

There are implications for our school, and for families in our school community.

A summary of what the changes mean for schools is below.

RURAL AND REGIONAL VICTORIA

PREP TO YEAR 10

  • Prep to Year 10 students will move to remote and flexible learning.
  • On-site supervision in rural and regional Victoria will be available to:
    • Children whose parents cannot work from home
    • Vulnerable children
    • Any child with a disability

TIMELINE

  • Tuesday 4 August will be a student-free day across Victoria to enable teachers, especially in rural and regional Victoria, to prepare for flexible and remote learning.
  • Wednesday 5 August will be the first day of new arrangements for schools across Victoria
  • This is a day ahead of the state wide introduction of the Stage 3 restrictions in rural and regional Victoria, but will provide for a smooth transition and will enable as much continuity of learning as possible.

STAFFING

  • Schools will ensure sufficient staff are available for necessary on site supervision.
  • Staff not required for onsite supervision will work from home.

I will provide a Department update soon about arrangements for remote and flexible learning at our school as further information becomes available.

One family member is requested to collect the student/s learning pack from school on

  • Wednesday August 5
  • From 9 am – 11.30am or by appointment.
  • Full instructions for each class will be included in the pack.
  • Essential workers intending to send their children to school at the time they are at work are asked to notify the school on Tuesday – Ph: 5450 3181 email: Kerang.ps@education.vic.gov.au
  • Pre – notification to the school of intended attendance during the remainder of the lockdown will be the same as previous

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Brenton Taylor

Principal

COVID – 19: Victorian Chief Health Officer message to parents

Victorian Chief Health Officer message to parents

am writing to Victorian parents, carers and students today to seek every family’s support in slowing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria.

As the school holidays approach, we can’t ease up on looking after ourselves and our families. The only thing between us and a second wave is what we do next.

Wherever you go, please be mindful of the risks. Be aware others may be carrying the virus and practice physical distancing.

We are currently experiencing the highest case numbers we’ve seen in more than two months. Current evidence suggests that the rise in case numbers in Victoria is being driven by families having get-togethers and not following advice around physical distancing and hygiene.

Unfortunately, we are still in a pandemic and people’s lives are still at risk. As we’ve seen across the world, this virus has the ability to turn a small number of cases into hundreds in a matter of days.

This is not where we want to be and we must all act now – while we can.

This is why we’ve had to implement a number of revised restrictions. The number of visitors you can have at your home is now reduced to five. Outside the home, families and friends can meet in groups up to ten.

This is how each and every member of the community can help:

  • Stay safe while out in the community.
  • Stay safe at home. And that means only seeing those you need to. Don’t have big family gatherings and remember to keep your distance and maintain good hygiene.
  • Don’t share food or drinks.
  • If you, or anyone in your family is feeling unwell – stay at home. Don’t visit friends and family. Don’t go on holiday if you are unwell and don’t go to work. Don’t send your kids to school, childcare or kindergarten if they are unwell – stay home.
  • And if you have symptoms, get tested.

The vast majority of Victorians are doing the right thing, but this is a wake-up call and we cannot be complacent.

It’s up to all of us to keep our friends and families safe.

For current information and updates on coronavirus (COVID-19) visit the Victorian Government’s coronavirus website.

If anyone in your family has any of the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, they should stay at home, seek advice and get tested. These symptoms include fever, chills or sweats, a cough, a sore throat, shortness of breath or runny nose, or loss of sense of smell or taste. For more information about where to get tested visit the getting tested for coronavirus web page.

If you’re concerned yourself or a family member has contracted the virus and need more information, please call the 24-hour coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

Adj Clin Prof Brett Sutton
Victorian Chief Health Officer