05 August 2020

Dear parents, carers and students

I’m writing to update you about the situation at our school, after a Student tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

I’d like to thank the entire school community at the outset for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), as the lead health agency, has now completed its risk assessment.

As part of its investigation, DHHS has identified people who have potentially come into close contact with the Student who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). It provided direct and specific advice to these individuals and their families about quarantine and looking after themselves.

DHHS has also advised the school it can reopen from 5 August 2020 now that appropriate cleaning has completed.

New arrangements have now come into effect for all schools.

To slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Stage 3 restrictions now apply for regional and rural Victoria and Stage 4 restrictions now apply for metropolitan Melbourne.

From Wednesday 5 August until the end of Term 3, all schools across Victoria will return to remote and flexible learning, for all year levels, except for specialist schools in rural and regional Victoria. In metropolitan Melbourne, on-site supervision is only available for students whose parents/guardians are permitted workers, vulnerable students who cannot learn from home, and children with disability at specialist schools who need to attend on site. Face coverings are compulsory for all Victorians over the age of 12, unless they are a primary school student.

More information

More information regarding coronavirus and schools is available from the Department of Education and Training (DET) on the DET website or by contacting the DET coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 338 663 8am to 6pm, seven days a week. If you call them, please be clear that you are calling in relation to Peter Lalor Secondary College and they will provide as much information as they can.

For school information in your language, call TIS National on 131 450. Please ask them to call the DET coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 338 663 and they will help interpret.

For health advice in other languages visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au.

There are also resources and supports available on DET’s coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for parents, carers and guardians page.

I also remind you to please respect the privacy of our Student who tested positive to coronavirus (COVID-19). I am proud to belong to such a caring and supportive school community and I thank you for your understanding at this challenging time.The school will continue to work closely with both DET and DHHS during this time, and we wish the affected Student a speedy and safe recovery.

Yours sincerely,

Rod Sheehan

Principal
Peter Lalor Secondary College

30 July 2020

Dear parents and carers,

As you are aware, Peter Lalor Secondary College was advised of a reported case of coronavirus (COVID-19) and was closed for 24 hours from 29th July 2020 as a precautionary measure.

This case has been reported to the Department of Education and Training (DET), and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is currently undertaking further investigation.

The school will now remain closed from close of business Thursday 30 July 2020, until advised otherwise.

While DHHS conducts further investigation, all staff and students are asked to stay at home until further advice is provided.

At this stage staff and students do not need to seek testing unless you develop symptoms.

The school will be closed to all students, staff and members of the community.

This means that even the following categories of students are not able to attend school, until I advise you differently:

• students in years 11 and 12

• students in Year 10 for VCE or VCAL classes

• students who require on-site supervision – including children whose parents cannot work from home and where no other arrangements can be made, vulnerable children and children with a disability. All staff will work from home during this time also.

While our school is closed, all students will be required to participate in remote online learning. Students are familiar with this process and will be expected to attend all classes remotely online on the google classrooms platform. At this stage, until further advised, VET classes will not be running at Peter Lalor Secondary College or ONTTC.

The closure will also allow appropriate cleaning of the school site.

While DHHS conducts further investigation, all staff and students are asked to stay at home until further advice is provided.

At this stage staff and students do not need to seek testing unless they develop symptoms.

More information

I am very aware that this is a time of heightened anxiety for us all. The people best placed to answer your questions are the DET staff who are supporting us. There are resources and supports available on DET’s coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for parents, carers and guardians page.

You can also contact DET staff on the coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 338 663, Monday to Friday, during business hours. If you call them, please be clear that you are calling in relation to Peter Lalor Secondary College and they will provide as much information as they can.

For school information in your language, call TIS National on 131 450. Please ask them to call the DET coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 338 663 and they will help interpret.

For health advice in other languages visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au.

Thank you for your support, and I will provide any further information as soon as I receive any updates.

Rod Sheehan

Principal

Peter Lalor Secondary College

29 July 2020

LETTER FOR PARENTS AND CARERS
Dear parents, carers and students,

Our school has been advised of a reported case of coronavirus (COVID-19).

This case has been reported to the Department of Education and Training (DET), and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is currently undertaking further investigation.

As a precautionary measure, Peter Lalor Secondary College will be closed for 24 hours initially, or until we receive advice it can re-open. The school will be closed to all students, staff and members of the community.

All students are asked to stay at home until further advice is provided.

Years 9 & 10 will continue as normal with remote learning only (no onsite attendance provision) Years 11 & 12 will have a Curriculum Day

We will provide further information following confirmation of advice from DHHS.

More information I am very aware that this is a time of heightened anxiety for us all. The people best placed to answer your questions are the DET staff who are supporting us. You can contact them on the coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 338 663, Monday to Friday during business hours. If you call them,
please be clear that you are calling in relation to Peter Lalor Secondary College, and they will provide as much information as they can.

For school information in your language, call TIS National on 131 450. Please ask them to call the DET coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 338 663 and they will help interpret. For health advice in other languages visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au.

Thank you for your support, and I will provide any further information as soon as I receive any updates.

Rod Sheehan
Principal
Peter Lalor Secondary College

16 July 2020

Important information for students Term 3 (UPDATE)

Dear parents, carers and students,

Please click here to read the latest update.

Yours sincerely,

Rod Sheehan

PRINCIPAL

 

18 May 2020

Dear parents and carers,

Thank you for all your support during these past few weeks of remote and flexible learning.

Following advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has advised that schools can begin a staged return to on-site schooling.

In the first stage, VCAL students will return to school from Tuesday 26 May.

Students undertaking VET studies, should also attend school for those classes where practicable. If this is not possible for your child/children, our teachers will make sure the work provided to students attending at school is also provided to your child/children.

To support all school staff to prepare for this transition, Monday 25 May will be a pupil-free day.

In the second stage of our return to on-site schooling, all Year 9 will return to school from Tuesday 9 June.

For Year 9 students who cannot be supervised at home and vulnerable children, the existing model of on-site schooling will remain in place during the two-week period from Tuesday 26 May to Tuesday 9 June. The current process that we are using to enable parents and carers to indicate the days or part-days for which on-site schooling is required will continue for this two-week period.

All Year 9 students will continue learning from home until Tuesday 9 June.

Once a year level has returned, all students will be expected to attend school as normal. This means if you choose to keep your child/children home after their year level has returned to on-site schooling, we can no longer support their learning from home.

This does not apply to children who need to be absent for health or medical reasons. For those families, please contact us so we can make an appropriate plan.

This same approach is being taken by all government schools in Victoria.

To support the health and wellbeing of all our students and staff, our school will continue an enhanced cleaning routine and will encourage frequent hand washing.

If your child is ill or is feeling unwell, they must not attend school. They must remain home and seek medical advice.

While the Victorian Chief Health Officer has advised that students will not be required to maintain physical distancing at school, there will be a number of important changes to our school operations, consistent with health advice. This will apply until further notice. I will provide more detail about our local school context as soon as possible, but it is important to note that changes will include:

  • restrictions on access to the school site for anyone other than immediate school staff and students
  • the way we conduct parent-teacher meetings and interviews

We understand that some families may feel anxious about this move back to classroom teaching and learning. I can assure you that this decision has been taken on the basis of the best health advice available to our state.

More information about the return to school and coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the Department’s website, which will continue to be updated: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

Thank you for your continued support and patience during this time. We look forward to welcoming our students back to the classroom.

Yours sincerely,

Rod Sheehan

PRINCIPAL

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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