School
Community - COVID19 Information

For all Victorian Catholic schools

School operations for Term 2

On Thursday 27 May 2021 the Victorian Government announced new directions to help reduce community movement and prevent the spread of COVID-19. As a result, in line with the directions issued from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, all Victorian schools will move to a period of remote and flexible provision from Friday 28 May to Thursday 3 June inclusive.

Friday 28 May is a student-free preparation day for schools in Victoria to allow schools time to prepare.

Remote and flexible learning will begin on Monday 31 May.

Transition to remote and flexible learning

All students will be learning from home from 28 May – 3 June, except for students in the following categories

  • Children where both parents and or carers are considered authorised workers as listed who cannot work from home, work for an essential provider and where no other supervision arrangements can be made:
    • Where there are two parents/carers, both must be essential workers, working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision.
    • For single parents/ carers, the essential worker must be working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision.
  • Vulnerable children, including:
    • children in out-of-home care
    • children deemed vulnerable by a government agency, funded family or family violence service, and assessed as requiring education and care outside the family home
    • children 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) 

On-site supervision

On-site supervision will be available at all government & Catholic schools, but only for students in the categories listed above, for the purpose of providing continuity of teaching, learning and support.

When on-site supervision is provided, hand sanitiser will be available at the entry points to classrooms and education will be provided on hand hygiene. Physical distancing will be implemented in classrooms to the extent feasible and unwell students will be excluded from attending.

The learning program delivered on-site will be the same as the learning program delivered to students undertaking remote learning. Students attending on-site will be supervised by staff on-site but follow the teaching and learning program provided by their classroom teacher.

Students attending on-site must be supervised at all times by staff with either current Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) registration or a Working with Children Check. Education Support staff can provide direct support to and supervision of students, provided they have access to support from a VIT registered teacher.

Home provision

The parent or carer is responsible for students’ general safety at home or elsewhere.

Students and parents/families should be given clear information about how and when they will receive learning materials and feedback. Schools should create and communicate a schedule or calendar that shows what is expected of students in relation to the completion of learning tasks.

 

Notes to Facilitate Social Distancing and Gatherings of Adults Onsite

o   Driveway access KEEP LEFT

o   Tennis gate access for FOOT TRAFFIC

o   Where practical students to enter grounds only

o   Understandably there may be anxiety about returning to school, so where a parent makes a judgement call to accompany their child at drop off and pick up, they are requested to stay outdoors, keep to the designated areas, not to congregate, and leave as soon as the child has made their way to the classroom or is handed over to a teacher or vice versa

o   There is to be no congregating onsite or immediately outside the school grounds

o   Where practical and age appropriate, parents might consider a designated meeting point nearby school for a student to exit the school and meet them

o   While dropping off and picking up, parents are asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines, i.e. remaining 1.5m apart from others not in their family group

o   Signs to be erected to assist in reminding people of these measures

o   Strictly no use of playground equipment before or after school (especially important for Preps accessing via P1)

o   The mindset should be to drop and go and pick up and leave

o   Any discussions needed with a teacher will be via email, phone etc and not at Drop Off and Pick Up times

 

Cleaning and Hygiene Measures

Specific guidelines have been developed to assist Victorian Catholic schools and cleaning contractors to inform the scope of enhanced cleaning works at schools to reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

o   Our maintenance and cleaning providers have been engaged to attend to these protocols 

o   More extensive daily cleaning with specific instructions

o   Specific formalised methodologies of cleaning and disinfecting of a range of areas and surfaces

o   Classroom education on COVID-19 specific hygiene practices

o   Expanded student practices for sanitiser use.

 

Thanks to Rocky, Wendy and their team for attending to these requirements

 
CECV Communication: Return to School Operations Guide 


Schools must give consideration to steps that can be taken to reduce the number of adults congregating outside the school at any one time, including parents and carers at peak times such as drop-off and pick-up.
Decisions will be informed by local circumstances, school layout, design and street frontage, and will differ from school to school.
Schools will need to put in place arrangements that meet the intent of health advice and ensure community confidence.


Specific attention should be paid to:

  • opening as many entry and exit points to the school as is safe, and allocating staff to
  • ensure students are safely supervised, and students and parents feel confident with
  • the arrival/departure from school
  • staggering start and finish times by groups of year levels (for example,
  • junior/middle/senior), while also enabling siblings to arrive/leave at the same time and
  • be safely supervised while on the school site (noting there may be some impact on
  • total instructional time)
  • asking parents to avoid or minimise time spent in or around the school grounds.

Families will need to plan for and adapt to altered arrangements to arrive at specified times

  • using signage to remind staff, students and families of the need for changed behaviours
  • staggering lunch and recess to reduce mixing of year levels where possible, and
  • reducing possible congestion in staffrooms
  • where possible, allocating different areas of the school grounds to different year levels during breaks, in order to reduce mixing among different year levels.

The greater the likelihood of congestion, especially among adults, the more strategies schools
will need to consider.