Coronavirus Covid-19 Updates

Updates
Coronavirus Covid-19

Keep up-to-date about Covid-19 here.

In an effort to keep our community up-to-date about the Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak we have created this page for ongoing updates and communications to the school community. Below you will find ongoing updates from us. Thank you from Neil and the staff.


Department of Education Coronavirus updates


Thursday  30 April 2020

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Update

As you know the at the commencement of Term 2, we will move to remote and flexible learning as directed by the Victorian Government.

This means that all students who can learn at home must learn from home. This is a very clear directive by the Victorian Government based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer.  All students will be learning from home, except for children on days when they are not able to be supervised at home and no other arrangements can be made.

Staff have been working hard to prepare for Term 2. All students, at home and at school will be involved in online learning with the teachers and educational assistants.

In readiness for the Term ahead, this Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 April, are earmarked for professional development days for staff and to allow time for families to collect laptops and additional learning materials (details below). 

During the morning of Thursday 16 and Friday 17 April staff will work with families and students to ensure access to and trial of the platforms we will be using to deliver the curriculum. 

For those students who will be accessing learning at school K3 and K4 and Prep-Year 6 children will commence at-school learning on Thursday 16 April. We ask that they bring their home learning packs to school on Thursday.  Students attending school in term 2 do not need to pick up their laptop or resources on Wednesday as below, they will be given to them at school. Normal school hours will apply for these children.  Please refer to the Protocol document for arrival and pick up for further detail.

Laptops will be available for collection from the School on Wednesday morning.  To avoid any unnecessary social gatherings and to ensure physical distancing, collection will be staggered across year levels. Should you be collecting for more than one child please select one time only and we will arrange for all to be available.  

  • Prep/Year 1-9:00-9:30
  • Year 2/3-9:30-10:30
  • Year 4/5-10:30-11:30
  • Year 6-11:30-12:30

The following documents have been developed to support you and your child during this period of at home learning.  

  • Protocols for Learning-remote and onsite
  • Procedures for arrival and pick up of children if attending School
  • Timetables for different year levels
  • IT code of conduct, Remote Learning Technology Agreement
  • Device Loan Agreement (please sign at collection)
  • Advice for Parents and Carers (Department of Education)

Additional curriculum information including how to access our online learning platform will be forwarded separately.

Kind regards, Neil 


Monday 23 March 2020

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Update

Dear Families

Thank you again for your patience as we find a way though the myriad of things, we all need to do to manage ourselves during this unprecedented time.

We are all a little nervous by the prospect of a prolonged period of self-isolation, but I am sure as a school community and a nation we will find a way to manage.  This is a time to be kind – to ourselves and to each other.  It will get better!

As per the Premier’s directive, from tomorrow our school will be closed for children.  Our teachers will be working over the next four days to ensure that should we be asked to remain in isolation for periods during the remainder of the year that we are well prepared to continue to offer a rich curriculum for your child, albeit remotely.

What does this mean, this week, for Christ Church Grammar School families and students?

As of Tuesday, the School will follow the direction of the Premier and close for an extended holiday period.  We will suspend learning for the next four days.

Will my child miss important learning if the school is closed for an extended period?

We are aiming to reduce the impact as much as possible.  Our staff will use the time away from the classroom this week to determine processes to ensure our students catch up as quickly as possible upon the resumption of classes. 

Can I do anything while school is closed to help my child continue his/her learning?

Yes! Referenced in this morning’s email from classroom teachers in the ‘Other’ section are a list of learning experiences you may wish to try during the break.  In the event of further school closures, we will continue to provide as detailed a learning program as possible.  In the event of a prolonged closure we will provide students from Year 2 with a school issued laptop to access on-line learning sites and programs and for our younger years detailed learning plans with regular check-ins.

I am very mindful that many of you will now be working from home and supporting your children at the same time.  This is not easy, especially when play dates, zoo visits, organised activities and other opportunities for socialisation will not be available.  Please remember to be kind and patient.  Please stay as safe as possible and I pray we can find some normality soon.

Kind regards, Neil 


Wednesday 11 March 2020

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Update

Dear Parents

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding as we navigate these somewhat uncertain times.  Further to previous correspondence regarding COVID-19, I want to inform you that the school has plans in place in the event we are forced to close for a period of time.  If the school is forced to close you will be notified by SMS and email.

Student learning packs

In the next few days, each child will be given a learning pack to take home.  This pack is intended to offer opportunity for continued learning only in the event the school is forced to close.  Staff will continue to provide online learning opportunities where possible and we will continue to keep you updated. 

School events and activities

Given concerns emanating from hosting public gatherings, we will also be monitoring our public events and activities and where appropriate limiting or postponing various group gatherings.  With this in mind, and after discussion with Friends, we have decided to postpone the Twilight Picnic scheduled for next Friday, March 20. A suitable alternate event will be planned for later in the year. 

Christ Church Grammar School continues to receive expert independent advice relating to the Coronavirus and is following procedures put forth by the Department of Health and Human Services. The safety of our community is at the heart of all our decision making and I ask that you please ensure that you continue to practice appropriate safe hygiene and health care habits to minimise the risk of contracting and spreading the virus. Community updates are available from the Department here.

We will continue to update you in the coming days and weeks as information comes to hand. We encourage you to check emails regularly as this will be our primary form of communication.

Kind regards, Neil