29 April 2021
Late yesterday, schools received an updated Operations Guide. There are some further adjustments, which reflect that Victoria remains in a State of Emergency.
Please read the following information, as schools continue to have specific guidelines to maintain the safety of students, parents and visitors.
Density quotients for schools:
School Events, Activities, Excursions and Camps:
There are updated, detailed guidelines for excursions and school events, which are partly reproduced below.
Importantly, the Parent Consent form for excursions and camps has been updated to advise parents/carers that, when required, schools will be providing excursion venues with contact details of students for contact-tracing purposes.
Finally, our thoughts are with our Indian families, and their relatives and friends overseas, as the COVID situation escalates tragically there.
Take care everyone.
28 March 2021
School principals received a brief update from DET on Friday evening.
Families would be aware that the Victorian Government has further relaxed its COVIDSafe settings from 6pm on Friday 26 March 2021.
Although there were changes made to visitors in the home, reduced mask wearing in some settings and updates to density limits in some settings, there are limited operational changes as yet for schools.
Unfortunately, the density limit of 1 person per 2 square metres continues to be applied to any school space or activity being attended by parents/carers and other visitors. The density limit applies to all persons in the space, including students.
Principals have been told to expect an updated Operations Guide sometime this week. We anticipate that may provide further clarity.
In the meantime, we appreciate parents, visitors and staff following the arrangements previously communicated (below).
Parents will be advised of further updates.
Thank you all for your support and patience.
28 February 2021
As directed by the Victorian Chief Health Officer, this information updates previous advice to LPS families.
Although there are minimal changes to arrangements for Laburnum Primary School, please note the following, pending any further DET advice:
Any further updates will be emailed to parents.
Take care everyone and thank you for your ongoing support.
17 February 2021
The Premier has this morning announced that schools will reopen tomorrow. Thank you so much to LPS families for your support, and to our staff for their incredible flexibility.
As we will remain on alert as a state until at least Friday 26 February, when the 14 day infection period is expected to conclude, please note the updated arrangements for LPS, pending any further DET advice:
Please return any completed work, as well as books or supplies that were sent home for these three days.
Parents will be emailed when there are further updates.
Take care everyone and see you soon!
15 February 2021
We received updated information from DET late last night, which included the following information:
Schools should, to the extent possible, support continuity of learning from home. As we did last year, we will do all we can to support the wellbeing of all our students and to ensure that, as much as possible, learning continues over these three days.
This reflects the snap decision for a Circuit-breaker Lockdown and the expectation that students will return to school on Thursday.
Our teachers have sent home some essential supplies for these three days. Our LFH website contains learning tasks for Monday. The tasks for Tuesday and Wednesday will be uploaded as soon as they are ready. Thank you to our teachers for their efforts over the weekend.
Information that might be of assistance to you in talking to your child about COVID-19 is available. If you are concerned about your wellbeing or that of your child, please contact the school so we can talk with you about how we can best assist. Other sources of support include: Parent Line 13 22 89 and Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800.
The Department has a range of options for you to continue to support your child in their learning, available at the Learning from Home webpage.
Our LPS LFH for Parents page also includes some useful links.
Each family should regularly check the list of public exposure sites in Victoria (where a person with COVID-19 has attended), and if anyone in the family has attended a site at the times listed, follow the instructions given.
Parents are reminded that if you, your child, or a family member develops symptoms of COVID-19 you should get tested at a COVID-19 testing facility and stay home until all symptoms have ceased, even if the test is negative.
We do ask that any emails to Sentral teacher mailboxes wait until tomorrow, as our teachers are working remotely to prepare Learning Tasks for Tuesday and Wednesday. However, please do not hesitate to then contact your child’s teacher, or contact the school, if you have any concerns. Our office staff are also working remotely, so please use email.
13 February 2021
Our teachers are ready to support your child’s learning from home on Monday - Wednesday this week, during the Stage 4 Circuit-breaker. DET has advised that this is currently different to the 2020 Remote Learning program, which will become apparent.
Parents should now have received an email with log-in and password information for our LFH website pages. You will need this to access learning resources next week for your child.
Teachers will meet Monday morning to prepare Monday’s learning tasks and we will email parents as soon as you can access these online.
Tuesday and Wednesday tasks will follow when they are completed.
Please use the Sentral teacher mailboxes after Monday if you need to contact teachers directly.
Parent Information sessions will proceed as planned on Tuesday and Thursday, via Webex.
Thanks for your support and patience over the next few days. Let’s all stay safe so we can welcome families back to school on Thursday.
12 February 2021
The Victorian Government today announced new restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you can stay at home, you must.
In line with the directions issued from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, all Victorian schools will move to a period of remote and flexible provision from Monday 15 February to Wednesday 17 February inclusive.
The clear intention is that children should stay at home for these three days. As was the case in late 2020, only those students who meet Stage 4 COVID-19 guidelines will be eligible for onsite supervision. Families needing their children to attend should email the school, outlining their reasons for consideration, by midday tomorrow (Saturday).
At this stage, our teachers plan to provide learning materials via our website on Monday morning and we will send out an email alert when these are ready. Some resources were sent home today in school bags.
I expect to receive more information over the weekend and will update parents as necessary.
Take care and stay safe.
4 February 2021
After the announcement last night about tightening restrictions due to a new COVID-19 outbreak in Melbourne, this important update and reminder is conveyed to families. We have received preliminary advice overnight from DET.