10 July 2020

Important information for students returning to school Term 3

Dear parents, carers and students,

Thank you for all your support of the school during these trying times. As you may have heard through the media, there will be changes to students returning to school in Term 3. I am writing to you to inform of what we know to date and will update as more information comes to hand. Please read the information carefully to ensure we, as a school community, support the requirements of the Victorian Government.

Years 11 and 12
All Year 11 and 12 students will be required to attend school for their normal schedule commencing
Monday 13 July 2020. This will include VCAL and VET classes. Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) will not continue at this stage. Students will attend VCAL classes on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Students will be required to attend their VET class on their scheduled day (either Wednesday or Friday). Students will be required to work remotely on a Work Related Skills unit on their scheduled SWL day, the same as Term 2 (either Wednesday or Friday).

Year 10
Year 10 students will have scheduled curriculum days for the first week of Term 3. This means that students will not attend school during the first week (with the exception of VET). It has been further indicated that from 20 July 2020 it is most likely that Year 10 students will work remotely from home, however, this is yet to be formally confirmed. Year 10 students will be required to attend their VET course on their scheduled day onsite (either Tuesday or Wednesday), commencing Week 1, Term 3. Further information will be provided early next week.

Year 9
Year 9 students will have scheduled curriculum days for the first week of Term 3. This means that students will not attend school during the first week. It has been further indicated that from 20 July 2020 it is most likely that Year 9 students will work remotely from home, however, this is yet to be formally confirmed. Further information will be provided early next week.

Temperature testing in Victorian schools
Following the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has, this week, announced that students at government schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will receive a temperature check every morning.

All students must enter the school through the main entrance where a checking station will be placed. Students who arrive at school outside the temperature checking times must report to the main office for temperature checking immediately on arrival.

If a student has a temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or above, schools will be required to contact parents or carers to arrange for students to return home. Families will then be encouraged to seek testing for coronavirus and other advice of their healthcare professional who can advise on next steps.

COVID-19 precautions
All previously communicated precautions remain unchanged.

Students are to be reminded that we are in Stage 3 lock-down at this present time and must travel directly to and from school. Significant fines and consequence can be enforced by authorities for any person in the community not adhering to these requirements. It is imperative that you to remain abreast of such requirements.

We are currently awaiting further information from the Department of Education and Training (DET) regarding the return to school for students. I will send communication early next week.

Thank you for your support understanding and commitment to keeping our school and wider community as safe as possible.

I wish you and your families the best in this challenging time. Stay safe, take care of yourself and each other.

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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