School Closure update for students and families – 13 February 2021
Dear Parents/Carers, Students and Families,
Thanks for your patience and understanding while this information was being finalised.
The state-wide closure of school is from Monday 15th February to Wednesday 17th February.
During the closure students will access school work and classes on line at home.
At this stage on site classes will be resuming on site on Thursday 18th February.
The Compass portal is the main source of information for both parents and students and is the primary method of communicating with the school community. Helpful documents can be found under the people icon – School documentation – Remote Learning Documents – Parent information.
On site supervision
As with the previous school closure, schools must continue to provide on-site supervision for students in the following categories:
- Children whose parents are considered essential workers as listed, cannot work from home and where no other supervision arrangements can be made
- Vulnerable children, including children in out-of-home care, children deemed by Child Protection and/or Family Services to be at risk of harm and children identified by the school as vulnerable (including via referral from a family violence agency, homelessness or youth justice service or mental health or other health service).
The attached form must be completed and submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 12pm Sunday 14th February. This is to ensure the College can put in place adequate staff supervision for students.
Access to the College at other times for students that do not fit the above categories
All people attending the College will need to do so via the administration building. Anyone on site must follow COVID safe practices, including signing in, wearing a facemask and abiding by physical distancing measures.
The College will be open for all students for the following reasons:
- Students can access the College to receive IT support
- Students can collect belongings from their lockers related to their learning
- Monday 9am-12pm
- Tuesday 10am-2pm
- Wednesday 10am-2pm
If students are having any issues with their computer hardware and internet connection or do not have access to a computer please email email@example.com.
If students are having trouble accessing Microsoft Teams and the problem cannot be solved via the instructions below, then they can come to the College on Monday morning for some on site assistance.
Support for students
Students are advised that the first ‘port of call’ for questions and concerns is their pastoral care teacher. Teachers taking on a role in Pastoral Care have an extensive knowledge of processes and procedures for the year level that they are working in and are able to clearly articulate these to students, staff and parent/guardians. You can contact your child’s Pastoral Care teacher via the Compass Portal with direct email access.
Pastoral care teacher may refer on questions or concerns to the Year Level Engagement Coordinators where a Sub School Leader may also become involved.
Further Wellbeing Supports
The College Wellbeing Team will still be contactable over the coming days. For any and all wellbeing concerns please contact the school directly and your queries will be passed on to the Wellbeing Team. Please also access the mental health support services listed below as required. It is important that you validate your children’s experiences during this difficult time.
- Kids Helpline 1800 15 1800
- Headspace 1800 650 890
- Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
- Parentline 1300 651 251
The document ‘Top Ten Tips’ provides some initial advice and further contacts and is attached to this post and is also available on the Compass portal.
Monday Morning – Years 7-10
On Monday morning at 11.30am all year 7-10 students will need to open Microsoft Teams and access their new Form Assembly Team for the instructional lesson.
The 11.30am form assembly will be the only live lesson for the day. This is done to provide students an opportunity to prepare their digital set up as well as catch up on any existing work and prepare for the expectations of remote and flexible learning.
Any students having difficulty accessing Teams should email their pastoral care teacher or can come into the College on Monday morning to receive on site support.
Accessing Microsoft Teams can be done three ways:
1. Open the Microsoft Teams program on their computer if it was downloaded last year.
2. Go to the GO CSC Students page on their internet browser. Click on the OFFICE 365 link and there they will click on the TEAMS link.
3. A link will be found on the students Compass News Feed for their form assembly Team. They can click on this to open and access the correct Team.
Once they are in Microsoft Teams, they will need to find and access their new Form Assembly team – e.g. “8A Form Assembly 2021”.
Monday Morning – Years 11-12
Students in Years 11 and 12 will be working independently accessing learning tasks and instructions on Compass.
On Tuesday and Wednesday – all year levels
Students will access live teaching and learning on Microsoft Teams with lesson and submission details available on Compass.
If you have any questions regarding the above please contact the College via email on firstname.lastname@example.org. I would request that our phone lines are kept available for emergency situations and all other non-urgent communications be made via the College email address.
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