9 April, 2020

Dear Parents / Guardians and Students,

I hope that you are all safe, well, and where possible remaining at home in this trying time.

The Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, clarified school arrangements on 7 April with respect to teaching and learning in Term 2. It is an expectation from the start of term two all students who can learn from home must learn at home. The school will put in place measures to assist students as needed to comply. Teachers have contacted all families to gather information on internet and device access. Please advise the school with any changes to your circumstances during this remote learning period.

School staff have been working extremely hard to develop a system of teaching and learning that is remote but ensures quality teaching and learning as well as wellbeing support structures and individualised assistance. I thank the staff for the enormous amount of work that they have done to make this happen!

It is important to note that students are expected to attend school online as directed. This is outlined in the published Online Learning Environment Handout document available to view here. This document will outline all that is needed for students to undertake their learning remotely.

School will commence online on the 15 April for Year 9 students and students not timetabled for VET. VET students are to follow the direction of the VET institution that they normally attend on this day. For those that undertake VET at Peter Lalor Secondary College, students will receive an email at the commencement of their normal scheduled class with instructions and will be required to respond to this email at the beginning of the class; these students will be required online from Thursday 16 April.

Each student will be required to log on to Google Classrooms daily at 9:30am and will be greeted by their teacher by video conferencing on the platform Google Hangouts. School session times will be:

Session 1: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Lunch: 12.30pm – 1.00pm
Session 2: 1.00pm – 2.00pm

I acknowledge that this learning method will take some adjustment for students and some may become anxious about the format and confidence in navigating the system. We have introduced a system that students were already familiar with, being Google Classroom, and will be extending the features used within this platform. We have established a remote wellbeing structure that will allow students to contact our counsellor and other support staff by phone as needed to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of every student.

In addition to this, we understand that parents may also face challenges in managing students working from home and we encourage contact with the school to assist with managing this change should you require such support.

The school office will remain open as a primary point of contact, however, we will be running on minimal staff at the school to protect the community. If you need to attend the school, please call first to allow arrangements for minimal contact and legal compliance with social distancing. Please refer to my previous announcements on the school website for school contacts during this period of time.

I acknowledge the challenges, but can assure that the school is in an exceptional position with the ability to provide online learning at the commencement of Term 2.

Thank you for your support of the school and the community by engaging with us online so we can save lives together.

Kind regards and best wishes,

Rod Sheehan

Principal

27 March 2020

Announcement – School Closure Plan Update

Firstly, I would like to thank all families, staff and the wider community for your understanding and flexibility in this challenging time. Our staff have been working hard on establishing a remote learning process to ensure that if schools remain closed that we have the best education possible. This will include: regular student and parent contact, online teaching resources, remote wellbeing support, access to school administration and other services as needed.

DET has not communicated change to the current plan being that the school will resume as normal for students on 15 April. The published first day back of Term 2 (14 April) will be a curriculum day and students will not be required to attend unless further advised. Whilst this is the current plan, DET have provided direction to prepare remote learning to be able to respond immediately to any change in the status of the COVID-19. As previously advised, the school will be guided by DET with regards to whether school closures continue after 15 April.

All students will be mailed a package today containing hard copy work for the commencement of Term 2 to ensure that there are no gaps in education during the transition to a full online learning environment should this be required.

If a student does not have access to the internet or does not have an appropriate device to work from, please contact your teacher as soon as possible for us to determine your needs and assist with a solution.

Should a student or parent change their telephone number please contact the main office as soon as possible so that we can continue to ensure that students are receiving the best education possible and also for parents to remain informed.

A reminder of the list of key contacts in the event of a school closure is below. These contacts will be available during normal school business hours (8:30am – 4:36pm Weekdays during school Term).

Main Office Lisa 0483 090 980 Monday – Friday
Main Office Karen 0483 090 987 Tuesday – Friday
Main Office Petronella 0483 091 773 Monday – Wednesday
Wellbeing Russell 0483 091 029 Monday – Friday
VET Belinda 0483 091 027 Monday – Friday
Teaching and Learning Kim 0483 091 779 Monday – Friday
Teaching and Learning Jamie 0483 091 071 Monday – Friday

If you need wellbeing support outside of school hours and can’t access above numbers, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

If you need assistance in this trying time with food or resources, please contact the Coronavirus Emergency Relief on 1800 675 398.

Again, please continue to protect yourself and your family by following media directions and also practicing safe hygiene practices as communicated previously.

Wishing you all the very best for the break.

23 March 2020

Announcement – School Closure Plan

Peter Lalor Secondary College will be closed for students for the remainder of this week (24-27 March).

The current plan is that the school will resume as normal for students on 15 April. The published first day back of Term 2 (14 April) will be a curriculum day and students will not be required to attend unless further advised.

Peter Lalor will be guided by DET with regards to whether school closures continue after 15 April. If school does not resume after the Term 1 break, the school has an online plan to ensure the continuation of teaching and learning. It is imperative that all students continue learning from home if such a measure is needed. Teachers have prepared online work and also mail out packs of the same work will be provided. Students have been provided with teachers’ email contact details. Students are also familiar with the Google Classroom platform as they have been accessing curriculum from this space in Term 1. As a measure for families without internet, the package containing hard copy work will be provided. See below for a list of key contacts in the event of a school closure. These contacts will be available during normal school business hours (8:30am – 4:36pm Weekdays during school Term).

Main Office Lisa 0483 090 980 Monday – Friday
Main Office Karen 0483 090 987 Tuesday – Friday
Main Office Petronella 0483 091 773 Monday – Wednesday
Wellbeing Russell 0483 091 029 Monday – Friday
VET Belinda 0483 091 027 Monday – Friday
Teaching and Learning Kim 0483 091 779 Monday – Friday
Teaching and Learning Jamie 0483 091 071 Monday – Friday

If you need wellbeing support outside of school hours and can’t access above numbers please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

DET is working with OSHC providers to determine the level of provision of holiday programs for essential service workers children (eg. health, police, corrections and emergency service workers) and vulnerable children. Please contact Russell Willis to discuss suitability for a care and supervision program at the school from Tuesday 24 March or holiday program over the Term 1 holidays due to the State of Emergency.

Please continue to protect yourself and your family by following media directions and also practicing safe hygiene practices as communicated previously.

Wishing you all the very best in this challenging and unprecedented time.

Year 09, 10 – 12 Victorian Certificate Applied Learning (VCAL)
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