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COVID-19

20/5/20

 

Dear parents and guardians,

I hope you are all well. We as a staff are sure you are looking forward to your children returning to school over this staged period of return to onsite learning. We are certainly looking forward to learning together face to face again.

A reminder:

N.B. Any student who does not attend school (as required above) will not be provided remote learning. All students are required to attend school. As your child returns to school please also return devices and Sim cards that have been on loan to you. Your child will need these devices to learn at school.

The following detail relates to students who attend the Grevillea Campus. Both Yuille and Young Parents campuses will be following the same social distancing, cleaning approaches, teaching programs (normal programs pre-COVID remote learning) and staggered start and finish times. They will have campus specific timetabling and staggered drop off/pick up and recess breaks, along with other campus specific processes and will communicate with families in the near future before students return to school.

Staff at all campuses are working together with the leadership team to develop a cohesive and consistent approach to education that ensures teaching and learning, and safety and well-being are prioritised in all we do with a focus on the recommendations as set by the Department of Education.

We look forward to seeing you all again at school.

YPCC staff.

 

School Return Times for Grevillea Campus Students:

 

Arrive

 

 

9.00am

 

9.15am

 

9.30am

 

Pod 1

 

 

A-F (Surname oldest child)

 

G – N (Surname oldest child)

 

O – Z (Surname oldest child)

 

Pod 2

 

 

A-F (Surname oldest child)

 

G – N (Surname oldest child)

 

O – Z (Surname oldest child)

 

Pod 3

 

 

A-F (Surname oldest child)

 

G – N (Surname oldest child)

 

O – Z (Surname oldest child)

 

Depart

 

3.00pm

 

 

3.15pm

 

3.30pm

 

School Entry and Exit: (Please refer to the map on page 3)

Pod 1 enter and exit via side gate entry between Kinder and school

Pod 2 enter and exit via Community Lounge External door

Pod 3 enter and exit via External door near Gym/Band room

Advice from DET includes:

Parent communication/school interaction.

It is advised by DET for parents to not come on to school grounds. Parents and staff are to make contact via phone conversation or other means. No face to face meetings will be conducted. Should parents want to discuss any school issues you will need to make phone appointments with the school. Parents are asked to call the school number Ph. 5339 5555

We would ask that all adults who drop children off at school and the Kinder please minimise their time on school grounds. Parents are asked to:

Please do not remain on school grounds or in car park areas. It is important we reduce the amount of social interaction and model good practices for our school and kinder children.

 

Recess Breaks

The school will have staggered recess times and a likely need for pods to manage their breaks with a pod yard duty in place. There will be an even allocation of staff to each pod to support recess and lunch breaks should this occur. This will increase the level of social distancing for staff within the college.

Daily School Operations:

Advice from the Chief Medical officer states children are at low risk and as such do not need to socially distance. At a staffing level we are required to socially distance and will have many processes in place to ensure we are keeping the required distances and adopting contact precautions as advised.

We are doing this by:

Cleaning:

The school has been provided by DET a number of personal hygiene products. We have also sourced our own products for use. We will continue to ensure we have as much of these items as possible.

 

 

 

Management of Unwell Staff and Students:

It is important that any staff member or student who becomes unwell while at school returns home. While it is unlikely that a staff member or student who is unwell with flu-like symptoms will have coronavirus (COVID-19) there are some sensible steps schools can take while a student awaits collection by a parent or carer as a precaution.

• Staff and students experiencing compatible symptoms with coronavirus (COVID-19), such as fever, cough or sore throat, should be isolated in an appropriate space with suitable supervision and collected by a parent/carer as soon as possible. Urgent medical attention should be sought where indicated. It is not suitable for an unwell student to travel home unsupervised.

• Where staff or students are experiencing compatible symptoms with coronavirus (COVID-19), the important actions to follow include hand hygiene, physical distance and (where possible) putting on a face mask. See DET guidance for the use of Personal Protective Equipment in education.

• In the context of schools supporting students with complex health needs, if the care of an unwell child or young person is to be prolonged (for example, because it will take some hours for a parent to collect a child) and maintaining distance is not practical when providing direct care, gloves, gown and eye protection could be considered if available.

• Face masks should not be used in situations where an individual is unable to safely or practically tolerate a mask (for example, a child with complex medical needs including existing respiratory needs, and younger children).

• Health care plans, where relevant, should be updated to provide additional advice on monitoring and identification of the unwell child in the context of coronavirus (COVID-19).

• If a staff member is unsure whether a student is unwell it is advisable in the first instance to contact the parent/carer to discuss any concerns about the health status of the student, and taking a precautionary approach, request the parent/carer to collect their child if concerns remain. A trained staff member could take the temperature of the student, where appropriate, to support decision making. Gloves should be worn for the purpose of taking a temperature.

 

Final notes:

As a school community, and within our daily lives this has been a very challenging time. Although we are making changes we will always try to make school as normal and as predictable for our students, staff and families as much as we can. We will focus strongly on teaching and learning, however it is critical we all look out for the well-being and welfare of each other.

We will attempt our best to maintain the strong partnerships with you and to work for the best interests of your children. We are a strong and proud community at YPCC. Let’s stick together, look out for each other and we thank-you for your support with these measures we have in place. Please touch base with the school or when talking to your teacher seek help if needed regarding these operational changes.

 

YPCC staff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 15th May, 2020

 

Dear parents and carers,

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.

In the first stage, students in Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2, senior secondary (Year 11 and 12 VCAL and students 16 years or older who attend our Yuille Campus) students will return to school from Tuesday 26 May.

To support all school staff to prepare for this transition, Monday 25 May will be a pupil-free day.

In the second stage of our return to on-site schooling, all other year levels will return to school from Tuesday 9 June. For those students who cannot be supervised at home, the existing model of on-site schooling will remain in place during the two-week period from Tuesday 26 May to Tuesday 9 June. 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.

To support the health and wellbeing of all our students and staff, our school will continue an enhanced cleaning routine and will encourage frequent hand washing.

If you child is ill or is feeling unwell, they must not attend school. They must remain home and seek medical advice.

While the Victorian 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. This will apply until further notice. I will provide more detail about our local school context as soon as possible, but it is important to note that changes will include:

We understand that some families may feel anxious about this move back to classroom teaching and learning. I can assure you that this decision has been taken on the basis of the best health advice available to our state.

By mid-week staff will be calling to continue learning over the week and communicate the school plan for morning drop off and pick-ups at school. Each campus will have their own plan based on their unique settings.

 

On Friday the 22nd of May we will have a whole school Welfare/Well-being day. Each Pod, Campus and the Specialist team will provide simple activities (should you wish to do) that focus on everyone’s well-being. These will not be difficult tasks and staff will not be available for learning conversations on this day. It is an opportunity for everyone to take a breath and reset before some of our students return on Tuesday the 26th of May.

 

All staff will be back at school as of the 25th of May to plan for onsite learning and further remote learning for students still at home.

 

More information about the return to school and coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the Department’s website, which will continue to be updated: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/coronavirus.aspx


Thank you for your continued support and patience during this time. We will get a plan to you as soon as we possibly can and we look forward to welcoming our students back to the classroom.

 

Brett Shillito

Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION: TRANSITION TO REMOTE AND FLEXIBLE LEARNING IN VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic presents a unique and challenging situation for all Victorians

It means we have to do things differently, including adapting the valuable work undertaken by teachers and schools in providing education for Victoria’s children and young people.

As we act to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the message to students at government schools and their parents/carers, is clear: all children who can learn at home must learn from home.

In the limited circumstances where a student may continue to attend school on-site, the remote learning program delivered on-site will be the same as the learning programs delivered to students learning from home.

LEARNING FROM HOME

To provide learning continuity for your child, it is important they have as much routine and certainty as possible. Education plays a large role in your child’s routine.

To support learning at home, you don’t need to take on the role of a teacher. The most important thing you can do is to continue to provide:

(1) a routine for your child(ren), informed by the teaching and learning program provided by your school
(2) a regular place for your child to do their school work
(3) encouragement for your child as they adjust to this new way of learning.

Your child’s school will:

Your child's school will contact you in the first week of Term 2 to determine if your child needs support to access the internet, or if they need to borrow a laptop or tablet to access learning materials.  Priority access will be given to senior secondary students, children from disadvantaged and vulnerable backgrounds along with those who attend schools in bushfire-affected areas.

GOVERNMENT SCHOOL ON-SITE DELIVERY

All government schools will continue to offer on-site learning and teaching programs for eligible students during regular school operating hours.  In some cases, eligible students may be required to attend a different school in their local area to access an on-site program.

Parents who require their child to attend on-site school learning will need to complete the School On-site Attendance Form in the week prior to their child attending on-site to indicate the days or part-days they require their child/ren to attend school on-site.

In all cases, students must be well and not displaying any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

ELIGIBLITY FOR ATTENDING ON-SITE

Attending school on-site will remain available in limited circumstances for:

FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information for parents and carers of children enrolled in school visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/parents/Pages/coronavirus-advice-parents.aspx

For health information about Coronavirus (COVID-19), visit: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Should your child meet the above criteria and needs to attend school on-site from Wednesday, April 15 you MUST phone Mr Daniel O’Kelly(Dok)  0436 627 452 (Grevillea Campus) or Beau Guest (Yuille Campus) on 0427 224 200 by 9am on Tuesday, April 14 specifying your child’s name, Pod name, and parent/guardian contact number. All students enrolled at the Grevillea and Yuille Campus’ (who meet the above criteria) will be based at our Grevillea Campus for learning for term 2. Yuille Campus will be closed for the duration of the term.

These students will engage in the same online learning program as their classmates who will be at home.

Reminder:

* The learning resources sent home in the last week of term 1 school will be sufficient for the first two weeks of term 2. 

* The college is currently working on providing devices where needed, in readiness for online learning which will begin in week three of term 2.

* When you start to think about helping your child to learn from home, remember that no one expects you to be a subject expert or teacher. The most important thing you can do is to continue to provide comfort, support and encouragement to your child. You can help your child to learn from home by working with their school and supporting your child as they undertake the activities provided.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Supports:

Smiling Mind

A non-for-profit web and app-based meditation program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring mindfulness into your life. The Phone app for Smiling Mind is Free, and they have a COVID 19 Support page.

https://www.smilingmind.com.au/

https://www.smilingmind.com.au/covid19-support-page

Butterfly Foundation

Butterfly Foundation for eating disorders offers a multitude of services and programs that provide support, treatment, prevention, early intervention, education and training.

https://thebutterflyfoundation.org.au/


National Help Line on 1800 33 4673

headspace

headspace supports young people 12 - 25, with mental health, physical health, drug and alcohol support, and educational and vocational support.

https://headspace.org.au/

Ballarat Office:
https://headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/ballarat/

Our drop in service is open from 9-4 Monday to Friday. It will be running via telehealth measures. The number to contact us on is 5304 4777.

- headspace is still taking referrals. You can complete a referral here   https://form.jotform.com/headsp…/new-headspace-referral-form
or contact us on 5304 4777. 

Melton Office:

https://headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/melton/

Level 1 / 16 Brooklyn Road, Melton, Victoria 3338

Phone  (03) 8065 5600

info-headspaceMelton@orygen.org.au

Be You

https://beyou.edu.au/

Be You provides educators with knowledge, resources and strategies for helping children and young people achieve their best possible mental health.

Be You has developed a resource to help educators respond to the mental health impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

Safeminds

The Victorian Government has partnered with headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation to develop SAFEMinds: Schools And Families Enhancing Minds, a comprehensive learning and resource package that will enhance the capacity of school communities to effectively identify children and young people with early signs of mental health issues, offer school-based interventions and refer appropriately when needed.

 Information available for schools and for families.

https://deecd.tech-savvy.com.au/course/view.php?id=6&section=2

Disability Supports:

Pinarc Parent Support Program

The Pinarc Parent Support Program will continue to operate!  For now I am working from home. My work hours remain as Monday to Wednesday 9.15am to 2 .45pm (although I do have some leave days planned next week).  Messages from my work phone are being sent through so call anytime on 53291361 and I will get back to you during my work hours. Email is always a good option, and if you include your phone number I can respond by phone if you prefer.

Please contact:

Rebecca Paton

Parent Support Program Coordinator

Pinarc Disability Support

Ph: 5329 1361

Fax: 5333 4743

Days of work: Mon – Wed

Contact Us:

Violet Grove, Wendouree, VIC 3355
Phone: 03 5339 5555
Fax: 03 5339 4419
Email: yuille.park.p-8.cc@edumail.vic.gov.au

Download our school App here

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Learning Qualities of:

Desire to succeed
Risk Taking
Independence

Standards of Achievement Excellence in:

Literacy
Numeracy
Research and Investigation skills

Strive for Personal Attributes of:

Confidence
Resilience
Respect for self and others

Contact Us:

Violet Grove, Wendouree, VIC 3355
Phone: 03 5339 5555
Fax: 03 5339 4419
Email: yuille.park.p-8.cc@edumail.vic.gov.au

Download our school App here

Download on the AppStore Android App on Google Play

Learning Qualities of:

Desire to succeed
Risk Taking
Independence

Standards of Achievement Excellence in:

Literacy
Numeracy
Research and Investigation skills:

Strive for Personal Attributes of

Confidence
Resilience
Respect for self and others

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