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COVID-19 Update

 
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COVID-19: UPDATE REGARDING ARRANGEMENTS FOR CONTINUING LEARNING  

 

Dear Parents and Caregivers 

 

As you will know, the Prime Minister on Sunday announced that schools will remain open at this point in time.  He also clearly stated that it is entirely reasonable for parents to elect to keep their children home during this time if they are concerned, however has asked parents to contact the school of their decision. 

 

He also stated that parents may wish to keep their children home if they are concerned for their health and safety. We encourage you to do this if you are at all concerned. Students who are absent and inform the school will be marked as “Other – COVID-19 related” which is an approved absence. 

 

Senior Students 

From Wednesday 25 March, all Year 11 and 12 students will be taught as online classes.  This will be the same for those students that stay at home and those that attend school.  Students will continue learning programs that have been set by their classroom teachers.  We will not be offering practical lessons such as science laboratories, Industrial Design and Technologies or The Arts.  
 
Class teachers will use a range of IT platforms to deliver learning.  It is important that students continue to access their emails frequently to check for messages from their teachers.   

 

Year 10 students will begin online learning with Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways lessons as their other subjects move toward an online learning environment. Please refer to the letter sent to Year 10 students yesterday for more information. 

 

Year 10, 11 and 12 Assessment 

Year 11 and 12 exams will go ahead as scheduled including the catch-up exam day on Friday 27 March.  On Friday, students who have been kept home by parents are able to come to school to complete a missed exam.  They are to come in uniform, sit their exam and will then be able to sign out and leave following the exam. We will inform you on a decision about Year 10 exams soon. Assessment items other than exams can be submitted to teachers directly via email. 
 
Junior Students 

Classes are currently being collapsed in response to low attendance rates. As attendance drops, the focus of lessons for Years 7 to 9 will shift to online lessons in literacy and numeracy, modified physical activity (provided we can maintain social distancing), and some creative activities.    

 

Social Distancing 

Class numbers, where possible, are being limited to allow for social distancing.  Students are being directed to seating that meet social distancing directives.  Students who do not follow teacher directions regarding this are being managed according to the school’s Behaviour Management Policy.  
 

Social distancing on the playground – we are constantly advising students to maintain a social distance from each other.  Please understand that this is impossible to monitor.  Students continue to greet each other with hugs, sit very close to each other and high five each other despite constant reminders and directions. 
 

Term 1 Reporting  

There will be no term 1 reports for 2020.  If you would like information about your child’s academic program please email your child’s teacher directly and he/she will contact you back by Wednesday 6th May (date for traditional Parent-Teacher Interview night which has been cancelled).

 

School Photos 

School photos will not be distributed this term. A date for distribution will be determined next term. 

 

Regards

Kay Louwrens 

Executive Principal

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Last reviewed 24 March 2020
Last updated 24 March 2020