Update: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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.

  • Face masks continue to be recommended for use by staff, visitors and secondary school students when physical distancing cannot be maintained. (Thank you to all those parents and visitors who have continued to use this simple safety measure, especially during drop off and pick up)
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    People aged 12 years and over must always carry a face mask, unless they have a lawful exemption.


Density quotients for schools:

  • Density limits still apply in areas generally accessed by the public, such as school reception. For these public areas, signage must be displayed to indicate the maximum number of persons that may be present in the space at a single time. (As our Reception is a busy place, please ensure you have a mask before entering the office area)
  • The density limit of 1 person per 2 square metres should be applied to any school spaces accessible to the public.
    The density limit applies to all persons in the space, including students. (This means parents should still meet with teachers by phone, or at a pre-arranged time when the class is not in the room)



School Events, Activities, Excursions and Camps:
There are updated, detailed guidelines for excursions and school events, which are partly reproduced below.

  • Record keeping for contact-tracing purposes is required for school activities involving external visitors and/or the wider school community. (LPS continues to use the Victorian Government QR Code Service for attendees to ‘Check-In’. Please use this if you are onsite for 15 minutes or longer)
  • Events involving external guests in school environments with up to 1000 attendees (inclusive of staff and students), including school assemblies, graduation ceremonies and school tours, can take place with the following controls:
    • Existing health and safety requirements as outlined in the school’s COVIDSafe plan
    • Current capacity limits observed (inclusive of visitors, staff, and students) based on available floor space; with the density limit of one person per two square metres applied. (As LPS is a large school, this still affects assemblies, school tours and other events)
    • Record keeping for contact-tracing purposes undertaken.
    • Events exceeding 1000 attendees must comply with the extensive Public Events Framework as Tier 1 or 2 events.

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.


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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. 



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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:

 

  • People aged 12 years and over must always carry a face mask, unless they have a lawful exemption.
  • Face masks are strongly recommended for use by staff, students and visitors when physical distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.
    We request that ALL VISITORS wear a mask to enter the school grounds, continuing our recent arrangements. We have found that maintaining social distancing is a challenge in a large school with almost 1900 parents, staff and students, especially during drop off and pick up.
  • The density limit of 1 person per 2 square metres remains in place and is applied to any spaces and activities being attended by parents/carers and other visitors. The density limit applies to all persons in the space, including students.
    For this reason, ALL VISITORS (including parents) should farewell or pick up their child from the playground or beyond. Due to the density limits, we cannot accommodate visitors in classrooms or corridors at the moment. This includes the corridors between Year 2, 3 and 4 classrooms.
  • ALL VISITORS (including parents) should register using the available QR codes if on the school grounds for 15 minutes or longer AT ANY TIME (including outside of school hours), to enable contact tracing if needed.
    QR code posters can be found on the school gates, main office doors, main door near the Art Room and the Canteen and Uniform Shop windows.
  • Due to density limits indoors, please use phone or email to contact the school at the moment, rather than entering school buildings, including the office. If it is necessary to visit the office, masks should be worn. We remind parents that the office is not a short-cut through the school.
  • If a child or adult is unwell, even with the mildest of symptoms, they must stay at home until they are symptom-free, even if they return a negative COVID-19 test. Please get tested if there are any symptoms of COVID-19: click here for more information.

 

Any further updates will be emailed to parents.

 

Take care everyone and thank you for your ongoing support.




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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:

 

  • ALL VISITORS (including parents) should wear a mask to enter the school grounds. We have found that maintaining social distancing is a challenge in a large school with almost 1200 parents and staff, especially during drop off and pick up. Masks are mandatory indoors.
  • ALL VISITORS (including parents) should farewell or pick up their child from the playground or beyond. Due to density limits, we cannot accommodate visitors in classrooms or corridors at the moment.
  • ALL VISITORS (including parents) should register using the available QR codes if on the school grounds for 15 minutes or longer AT ANY TIME, to enable contact tracing if needed.
    QR code posters can be found on the school gates, main office doors, main door near the Art Room and the Canteen and Uniform Shop windows.
  • Due to density limits indoors, please use phone or email to contact the school at the moment, rather than entering school buildings, including the office. We remind parents that the office is not a short-cut through the school.
  • If a child or adult is unwell, even with the mildest of symptoms, they must stay at home until they are symptom-free, even if they return a negative COVID-19 test. Please get tested if there are any symptoms of COVID-19: click here for more information.

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!


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15 February 2021



We received updated information from DET late last night, which included the following information:

Your child’s learning

 

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.

 

Wellbeing

 

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.

 

Resources to support your child’s learning at home

 

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.

 

A web page with Learning from Home tips is available at: Support your child’s learning and this is available in more than 30 languages on Translated advice about learning from home.

 

Our LPS LFH for Parents page also includes some useful links.


Stay safe

 

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.



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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.

 

We request that families return their Acceptable Use of Technologies Agreement as soon as possible. These can be emailed to laburnum.ps@education.vic.gov.au

 

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.


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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.

 


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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.

  • ALL VISITORS (including parents) must carry a mask to enter the school grounds.
  • ALL VISITORS (including parents) must wear a mask to enter any buildings or corridors and we urge you to avoid non-essential visits indoors. Please continue to farewell your child from the playground or beyond.
    Due to density limits indoors, please use phone or email to contact the school at the moment, rather than entering school buildings. 
  • ALL VISITORS (including parents) should socially distance in the school grounds and especially during pick-up and drop-off. We urge parents to wear masks when onsite as, in a large school with almost 1200 parents and staff, social distancing can be difficult.
  • ALL VISITORS (including parents) should register using the available QR codes if on the school grounds for 15 minutes or longer AT ANY TIME, to enable contact tracing if needed.
    QR code posters can be found on the school gates, main office doors, main door near the Art Room and the Canteen and Uniform Shop windows.
  • Finally, we have sent home a number of unwell students this week. Parents are reminded that if a child is unwell, even with the mildest of symptoms, they must stay at home until they are symptom-free, even if they return a negative COVID-19 test.
    Please get tested if there are any symptoms of Coronavirus: click here for more information.
This information updates our eNews of 28 January, which contained essential health and safety information.

Thank you for your support - let's all take extra care, stay safe and help us stay open!

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