Dear Chelsea Primary School families
I write to provide a further update on the coronavirus disease.
Term 2Dear Chelsea Families,
As you are likely aware our Premier Daniel Andrews joined James Merlino, Minister for the Coordination of Education and Training – COVID-19, to announce that following advice from the Chief Health Officer all Victorian government primary, secondary and special schools will move to remote and flexible learning and teaching in Term 2.
Most Victorian students will be educated from home next week to continue the community’s efforts with physical distancing and helping to slow the spread of Coronavirus; with free internet access and laptops for those students who need it most.
As we act to slow the spread of Coronavirus, the message to students and parents of government schools is clear: all children who can learn at home MUST learn from home – with exceptions only in extremely limited circumstances. On-site learning will only be available for children whose parents can't work from home and vulnerable students without access to a suitable learning environment at home. Victorian government schools will recommence on Tuesday, April 14, with a pupil-free day, and students to begin classes on Wednesday, April 15. These new arrangements will remain in place for the duration of Term 2 and will then be reviewed.
As Term 2 approaches, I will continue to provide families with information regarding remote learning. I wish to recognize the challenging times we are all facing and acknowledge social isolation may have raised new anxieties and created different stressors within our home lives. This builds resilience and our ability to role model this acceptance of change for our children is vital. What an opportunity for our children to grow and learn such an important life lesson. Try to reframe your thinking as a parent.
Every day consciously and unconsciously, we are trying to make sense of the world. How and why events occur and how these events are influenced by the decisions we make. The way we as humans have learned to do this is by thinking in linear terms. We prefer a structured approach with predictability and consistency. We like to see things in a sequential format such as A, followed by B and followed by C. We also get attached to what we have habitually become accustomed and so it unsettles us when those items are not available in the supermarket or if we have to change the way that we go about our everyday business.
However, the reality is that our modern world operates in a non-linear format. We are living in a complex world. The Coronavirus is an example of a random event that is forcing us to uncouple our linear thinking and come up with solutions that will work in a complex world. To navigate our decision making and to help us navigate an ever increasingly complex world, we need to accept that there are multiple solutions to a problem.
For many, the next few weeks and months could be the toughest thing you may ever have to do, from working from home and supporting your child/children's learning. I am confident that our schools' connectedness and support will get us through these tough times. Our experiences and challenges might look different; however, we will all endure hardship and difficulty during this time. Be kind to yourself, take a deep breath, be prepared for the challenge but also be open to what it can teach you.
We hope that all members of our Chelsea primary school community can continue to feel connected throughout the remote learning period. A significant focus of our school day will be on keeping students and teachers connected. A key ingredient to this staying connected will be the several methods of communication to our students and families that we will offer. These may take the form of email, phone calls, and conferencing, dojo and compass messages. We will be asking Chelsea families for feedback so that we can understand the individual needs and support you and your family requirements.
The curriculum content included in remote learning will develop and become more sophisticated over time. It will look and feel different from traditional education. It will take longer to complete online than in a classroom. The learning will be flexible and offer a choice for students. However once upon a time you also couldn’t use your iphone and now you can’t imagine life without it! Access to information is at our fingertips, our ability to cope with the change and lead the way for our community is what builds character. Let’s focus on kindness, compassion and community. Let’s bring the best of ourselves to this.
“Every Child Matters, Every day”.
The start of Term 2 begins on Wednesday, April 15.
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 websiteThe 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.
Further advice regarding social distancing strategies can be found on the Department’s coronavirus website.
Spotless - Vic Schools Cleaning
Coronavirus Response Update
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.
TALKING WITH CHILDRENIn 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. https://vimeo.com/394049129.
DECLARATION OF STATE OF EMERGENCYThe 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.
STUDENT ABSENCESIf 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.
Sincerely, Taylor Irish Principal
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