CPPS COVID-19 Update 11th April

11 April 2020

Dear Parents and Care Givers,

I hope you are all well and have managed to be creative over these holidays to support your family as we all remain in lockdown.

You may have heard a number of conflicting directions from Federal and State Government regarding school returning and how that might look for education. We, as state government school will continue to closely follow the guidelines Premier Daniel Andrews and Education Minister and Deputy Premier James Merlino.

There has also been a great deal of confusion about what, if any, technology will be provided. To be prepared we have asked all parents to complete a brief technology survey (thank you to all those that responded so quickly, and thank you to all the kind and supportive responses we have received so far). This will enable us to be prepared should the government make any further announcements or arrangements. It will also help us prepare enough hard copies of work should technology continue to be a problem.

Work packs were handed out at the end of term 1, and will be available from the office on Wednesday 15th April. These can be opened and completed over the first two weeks of Term 2, as can the work prepared on DBPrimary, after which time, further resources and learning plans will be rolled out to students and families. We will match these work pack as closely as we can to the online learning tasks. More detailed information will be emailed in our “Remote Learning Plan” early next week.

Please note that DBPrimary is for educational purposes only, unfortunately, there were almost one thousand emails sent between students over the holidays which resulted in some accounts being locked until Wednesday 15th April. Please encourage your child/ren to use other forms of contact to speak to their friends.

All of us are expected to follow the guidelines for stage 3 lockdown, therefore, teachers/support staff and Admin will also remain at home as much as possible. The list below summaries how students might be supported at school should any children arrive on or after Wednesday 15 April (thank you to the parents that have already contacted us about this).

  • Students will not be with their usual teacher.
  • Students will be placed in a multi-age classroom (Foundation - Year six) with a ratio of one teacher to ten or eight students to maintain safe distance protocols
  • Students will not be allowed to use the outdoor play equipment during breaks
  • Students will be able to have their breaks outside alone or in small groups and will not be able to play closely with any other students
  • Students will follow the same remote learning processes as students who are working from home
  • Parents will not be able to drop their children at the classroom door or pick them up from the classroom. Students will need to be dropped off at the front of the school where they will be directed to their classroom for the day. The classrooms will likely change on a daily basis depending on numbers and teacher availability
  • Any discussion that is required between parent and teacher will need to be held either over the phone or through DBPrimary.

Our educators are dedicated and committed to delivering a comprehensive program that supports individual needs throughout this enforced lockdown.

Teachers will be available for feedback and contact during the hours of 9:00 – 3:30.

This is a very stressful and uncertain time for all of us. Teachers would much prefer to be at school with their students and running their normal classroom programs. However, they are instructed (as we all are) to remain at home unless absolutely necessary or for essential purposes until we are told otherwise.

We trust parents and families understand that most of us are in the same position as you, either figuring out how to work from home with a family or have a health condition or a family member who has a compromised health condition that requires us to stay home and away from others.

Our school will not be able to operate with a large staff on site and therefore, parents need to follow the advice of the Premier and stay home with your children until this virus is under control.

Educators have been instructed to do the same and all those who can Must Stay Home.

You will no doubt have a number of questions regarding access to online or hard copy resources or how this is particularly going to impact you and your child.

These questions will be answered through DBPrimary and phone.

I am grateful to our school community for understanding the complexities of remote learning and for being so willing and enthusiastic to learn from home.

Please take care of yourselves. I look forward to returning to a full school program in the not too distant future and until then, thank you all and wish you all the best for the coming weeks.

Kind Regards,

Michael Youngs

Acting Assistant Principal