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COVID-19 Latest Advice - 24/08/2021
Due to the ongoing level of community transmission of coronavirus in Victoria, the Victorian Government announced changes to current restrictions across Victoria until 11.59pm, Thursday 2 September.
All regional schools will move back to remote and flexible learning from Monday 23 August, which means all students at our school will learn from home, until Thursday 2 September inclusive. There will be no remote and flexible learning provided on Monday 23 August to enable teachers to prepare for the transition to remote learning. However, regional schools will provide on-site care and supervision for vulnerable students and children of authorised workers on Monday 23 August.
To help slow the spread of the virus, we need your support in complying with the new strengthened restrictions and helping our public health team to get ahead of this virus.
We request parents, carers and families continue to do the right thing by following all health directives. This includes making careful and supportive choices about accessing on-site supervision at school.
From Monday 23 August, under the new strengthened restrictions in place across Victoria, an authorised worker permit will be required for authorised workers to attend a workplace.
This also means that from Monday, parents and carers can only request on-site supervision at school for their child/ren in the below categories.
Children where both parents and or carers are considered authorised workers who cannot work from home, work for an authorised provider and where no other supervision arrangements can be made.
Where there are two parents/carers, both must be authorised workers, working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision at school.
For single parents/ carers, the authorised worker must be working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision at school.
Parents and carers who are authorised workers will need an authorised worker permit from their employers to access on-site supervision for their child/ren in Category A.
For those requesting on-site learning under Category A, a copy of your authorised worker permit or permits must be submitted to our school as soon as practicable after it is issued.
Children experiencing vulnerability, including:
- in out-of-home care
- deemed vulnerable by a government agency, funded family or family violence service, and assessed as requiring education and care outside the family home
- identified by a school or early childhood service as vulnerable, (including via referral from a government agency, or funded family or family violence service, homeless or youth justice service or mental health or other health service)
- where a parent/carer indicates that a student with a disability is vulnerable because they cannot learn from home, and/or informs the school the student is vulnerable due to family stress, the school must provide on-site supervision for that student. This may apply to students enrolled in specialist schools and students with a disability enrolled in mainstream schools.
An authorised worker permit is not required for accessing on-site supervision under Category B.
When a permit is not required
In rare circumstances, a parent/carer does not need a worker permit. This includes law enforcement, emergency services or health care workers who carry employer-issued photographic identification. More information is available at Authorised provider and authorised worker permit.
Based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the following requirements for wearing a face mask apply to all schools.
It is now recommended primary-school-age children wear masks while indoors and outdoors, except when in the home or when an exception applies. However, it is not mandatory.
School staff and secondary school students aged 12 or older must always wear a face mask indoors and outdoors at school, including when attending an Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) program, unless a lawful exception applies. This includes while travelling to and from school on public transport and when in taxis or ride-share vehicles.
For communication purposes, teachers and education support staff are not required to wear face masks while teaching, but it is recommended that they wear face masks while teaching wherever practicable.
I know this may well be a challenging time. There are supports available, which include:
- Student Mental Health and Wellbeing resources for advice
- Advice for students about how to adapt during COVID-19
- Resources for learning from home
- Translated resources for learning from home.
As part of the phased COVID-19 vaccination rollout, more Victorian parents, carers, and students are now able to receive COVID-19 vaccines.
With more appointments now available over the next two weeks, we encourage you to book your vaccine through Victorian Government’s COVID-19 vaccine online booking system.
I trust our school community will ensure we do the right thing at this time, by complying with the restrictions in place and making careful and supportive decisions that limit movement through the community.
Thank you again, for supporting your child’s learning during this time.