Dear parents and carers
I am writing to provide further information about our school operations this coming week.
As you know, all Victorian schools are moving to a three-day period of remote and flexible learning from Monday 15 February to Wednesday 17 February inclusive.
As we did last year, we will do all we can to support the wellbeing of all our students and to ensure that, as much as possible, learning continues over these three days.
Information that might be of assistance to you in talking to your child about COVID-19 is available. If you are concerned about your wellbeing or that of your child, please contact the school so we can talk with you about how we can best assist. Other sources of support include: Parent Line 13 22 89 and Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800.
The Department COVID-19 helpline is also available on Sunday 14 February and weekdays from 8:30am to 5pm on 1800 338 663. If you know a family who speak a language or languages other than English and you know they would like further information, interpreting services are available by phoning 131 450 first.
For families with a child with a disability, the Association for Children with a Disability (ACD) has additional information.
Your child’s learning
Leongatha Primary School encourages you to take this opportunity over the next 3 days to prioritise family time (where possible) and enjoy the beautiful weather while it lasts. This could include exploring hands on activities such as: cooking, reading, playing board games, bike riding and other exercise.
When our students return on Thursday it will be wonderful to hear about how our students spent their 3 days at home creating, making and playing.
However, we also understand that some parents may wish to have schoolwork (in addition to reading and hands on activities) to support their child’s learning over the next couple of days. This guidance will be sent out by the end of today.
Resources to support your child’s learning at home
The Department has a range of options for you to continue to support your child in their learning, available at the Learning from Home webpage.
A web page with Learning from Home tips is available at: Support your child’s learning
and this is available in more than 30 languages on Translated advice about learning from home.
Our school will provide on-site supervision for students in the following categories:
Children whose parents are considered permitted workers as listed, cannot work from home and where no other supervision arrangements can be made.
Vulnerable children, including children in out-of-home care, children deemed by Child Protection and/or Family Services to be at risk of harm and children identified by the school as vulnerable (including via referral from a family violence agency, homelessness or youth justice service or mental health or other health service).
If you work in essential services and need to send your child to school, please contact Dot Coghlan to confirm your child’s attendance on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday this week, including any requirements for half-day supervision. This will allow us to put appropriate arrangements in place.
And, finally, a reminder that if you, your child, or a family member develops symptoms of COVID-19 you should get tested at a COVID-19 testing facility and stay home.
Each family should regularly check the list of public exposure sites in Victoria (where a person with COVID-19 has attended), and if anyone in the family has attended a site at the times listed, follow the instructions given.
Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or contact the school if you have any concerns.