DET Information for parents on the staged return to on-site schooling
15 May 2020
Thank you for all your support during these past few weeks of remote and flexible learning.
Following advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has advised that schools can begin a staged return to on-site schooling.
Stage one: 25 May – 5 June
In the first stage, students in Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2, senior secondary (Year 11 and 12 VCAL and VCE) students and all students in specialist schools will return to school from Tuesday 26 May.
Year 10 students undertaking VCE studies, including VCE VET studies, should also attend school for those classes where practicable. If this is not possible for your child/children, our teachers will make sure the work provided to students attending at school is also provided to your child/children.
To support all school staff to prepare for this transition, Monday 25 May will be a pupil-free day.
Stage two: from 9 June
In the second stage of our return to on-site schooling, all other year levels will return to on-site schooling from Tuesday 9 June.
For those students 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 these grades and year levels 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/children home after their year level has returned to on-site schooling, we can no longer 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 us so we can make an appropriate plan.
This same approach is being taken by all government schools in Victoria.
Health, hygiene, physical distancing
To support the health and wellbeing of all our students and staff, our schools will continue an enhanced cleaning routine and will encourage frequent hand washing.
If your child is ill or is feeling unwell, they must not attend school. They must remain home and 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 that is available.
Changes to drop-off times and access to school sites
More detail about will be available on a local school context as soon as possible, but it is important to note that changes will include:
adjusted arrangements for drop off and pick up, including staggered school start and finish times
restrictions on access to the school site for anyone other than immediate school staff and students
the way we conduct parent-teacher meetings and interviews.
We understand that some families may feel anxious about this move back to classroom teaching and learning. This decision has been taken on the basis of the best health advice available to our state.
Parents should follow advice from their school regarding drop-off and pick-up protocols.