Please see the attached letter from our Principal, Mr Caughey regarding the process of returning to school.

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Dear Parents and Carers,

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

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

The below information contains the initial advice I have received from the Department of Education and Training (DET). Over the next 7 days I will be providing more detailed information regarding the return to school attendance and classroom based learning.

In the first stage, students in Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2, senior secondary (Year 11 and 12 VCAL and VCE) students and all students in specialist schools will return to school from Tuesday 26 May.

Year 10 students undertaking VCE studies, including VCE 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. There will be no remote learning or on site classes occurring at the College.

In the second stage of our return to on-site schooling, all other year levels will return to school from 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 – Tuesday 26 May to Tuesday 9 June.

All other students in these grades and year levels 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 the appropriate year level team so we can put an absence learning plan in place.

This above, staged 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 you child is ill or is feeling unwell, they must not attend school. They must remain home and seek medical advice.

While the 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.

In order to minimise congestion, the changes may also include:

  • adjusted arrangements for drop off and pick up
  • staggered school start and finish times
  • directing students to assigned entrance and exit points

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:

Thank you for your continued support and patience during this time. Your support of the College, your children and one another is greatly appreciated and from a personal point of view I have been inspired by the strength and commitment shown by the community of Cranbourne.

Both myself and the whole staff are looking forward to welcoming our students back to the classroom.

Yours sincerely,

David Caughey

College Principal