Information Coronavirus (COVID-19) - School Closure update

March 22nd update
I just got off the phone to Tim Riachardson, Victorian schools will close from Tuesday 24th March.

Monday 23rd of March will be the last day of term 1. We will update the school community of a return date once we recieve this information.

I want to thank you again for your understanding of the situation we find ourselves in and continue to appreciate and value your support of our school and all of our members in this challenging time.

Please stay safe and check in with your family and friends.



March 21st update

Good morning Chelsea Primary School families,

I apologise for the early Saturday morning message but I wanted our community to be informed with the latest information from the Department of Education. A few decisions made last night by the DET that will impact on our school in the next few weeks and months.

Additional Pupil Free Days

The Minister for Education today approved an additional two pupil-free days. The first will be on the last day of this term – Friday next week (March 27)– and the second will be on the first day of Term 2 (Tuesday April 14) after the coming school holidays.

We have been working hard to prepare for the possibility that we will need to move at some stage to more flexible learning arrangements, including remote learning. These days will help to provide an important opportunity for us to consolidate our preparations for remote learning- keeping in mind the necessity to ensure educational equity. While our school and teachers are well prepared to commence remote learning, it won’t always be perfect, and we will continue to learn as we go.


On the recommendation of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), the National Cabinet also determined that early childhood settings, schools and higher education institutions remain exempt from the social distancing requirements. Based on this advice, schools will continue to be open next week. We will continue to encourage our staff and students to practise the new social-distancing measures- where these are practical in our setting. We will continue to follow the recommendations of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, and if the advice changes, we will be sure to let you know as soon as possible.


From the DET email this evening “If parents choose to keep their children at home, the onus will be on parents in the first instance to support the learning of their children. However, where teachers have capacity, they can support these children.”
Chelsea Primary staff always go above and beyond in their daily work and we are committed to providing some home learning tasks for our students. The FUSE website which contains useful resources for students and parents, is available to use at home to help complement the learning set by our staff. Please refer to the home learning link on our website for more information.


The Education Ministers met yesterday morning to discuss the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the implications for schools. They have decided that NAPLAN testing will not proceed for 2020.

Learning from Home website
The Department is in the process of developing a new Learning from Home website, which will be provided to all schools to assist in transitioning to Remote Learning

It also provides information about the range of online platforms and applications that are available to schools, this is most likely the platform that Chelsea Primary will use. This is not confirmed at this stage and we understand that there could be a number of issues in changing the way we teach and learn that may cause disruption. We will work through these issues as they develop.
At Chelsea PS we have created a home learning link on our school website. We will continue to update this site. If you have any questions regarding the home learning webpage, please contact your child's teacher. 

I want to thank you again for your understanding of the situation we find ourselves in and continue to appreciate and value your support of our school and all of our members in very challenging circumstances at this time.
Please continue to support and look after each other.

Enjoy your weekend!
Kind Regards,         
Taylor Irish

Dear Chelsea Primary School families

I write to provide a further update on the coronavirus disease and other relevant information;

Update: 20 March 2020

Social Distancing in Schools

Social distancing is important to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). One of the recommendations from health authorities is that people should endeavour to keep a distance of 1.5 metres between themselves and others. This can be implemented by staff in schools between themselves and colleagues. It is not, however, always practical for this advice to be applied to interactions with students, especially young students. It is important to note in this context that the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s advice is that the risk of transmission represented by children appears to be low.


Nevertheless, schools can take the following practical steps to implement social distancing strategies:

  • Greetings should take the form of non-contact greetings.
  • Where possible, staff and students should endeavour to keep 1.5 metres distance from each other.
  • The highest standards of hygiene should be practiced in staffrooms, including washing drink and food containers with hot water and detergent and regularly wiping down surfaces with disinfectant.
  • Schools should suspend any large gatherings of staff and students at one time, such as whole school or sub-school assemblies and large information evenings.Schools must not hold any events that involve over 500 people.
  • Where students line up to enter class, they should be encouraged to keep 1.5 metres between each other where possible.
  • Where students usually enter and leave class in an unstructured manner, this practice can be changed so students enter in a more structured way so a distance of 1.5 metres is maintained.
  • Where possible, classroom furniture should be rearranged to provide maximum space between tables.
  • Seating arrangements should also be changed to maximise distance between students. For example, students can be seated along the short edges and well as long edges of tables, and tables can be moved to the full front, back and side walls of the classroom.
  • Student group work should be suspended, except where students are collaborating using digital technologies.
  • Except for very young students, student work can be handed to a teacher for feedback rather than feedback being provided immediately by the teacher in close proximity to the student.

Further advice regarding social distancing strategies can be found on the Department’s coronavirus website.

Spotless - Vic Schools Cleaning

Coronavirus Response Update


Good morning,


As has been advised today by the Minister for Education and the Secretary of the DET, Spotless has been requested to provide additional cleaning resources and cleaning effort into schools.


As a result, your Spotless Cleaning Team are working to arrange additional cleaning hours and/or additional cleaners to your school now.


Our Cleaning Services Managers (CSM) will be contacting you in the next 24 hours to confirm our immediate actions to place more cleaner hours into your school.


Please be assured that our team are working on increasing the cleaning resources into your school as the highest priority so that we can align with the Minister’s sentiment in keeping students and teachers safe and well.


The advice of the Chief Health Officer remains at present that our schools should stay open, except in the case of a confirmed case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As you may have heard, Toorak Primary School will be closed for 24 hours from today as a staff member there has tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Until we hear, otherwise our school will remain open.


In an effort to provide support and guidance for our students and parents, we have sought advice from DET SSS staff who work closely with our schools in the network. They have provided us with a short video from Emerging Minds to talk with children about natural disasters, traumatic events, or worries about the future. This video introduces ways for parents and carers to manage media coverage of traumatic events, and talk to their children about their concerns and fears.


The declaration by the Victorian Government of a State of Emergency means that the state now has the power to do the following, among other measures: enforce a mandatory self-quarantine period for returning travellers enforce a ban on non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people. We will therefore NOT be holding any whole school assemblies while this ban is in effect, or other significant events involving mass grouping of people.

The mandatory self-quarantine period of 14 days for travellers returning from overseas does have implications for students. In brief, students who travel overseas will not be able to attend school for 14 days when they return.


If you decide to keep their children at home, we will be recording these on COMPASS as ‘Parent Choice- School Approved’ and include the word 'COVID-19' in the absence comments.

Again, the advice of the Chief Health Officer remains at present that our schools should stay open, except in the case of a confirmed case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Please refer to links for additional information.


Taylor Irish

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