Learning from Home

13 May 2020

 

Return to School (updated)



Dear Parents and carers,

 

This information updates yesterday's communication.

Thank you for all your support during these past four 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.

 

In the first stage, students in Prep, Year 1 and Year 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.

 

To support all school staff to prepare for this transition, Monday 25 May will be a student-free day.

 

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

 

For those 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 other students in Years 3 - 6 will continue learning from home until Tuesday 9 June.

 

Once a year level has returned, all students in that cohort 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, as the current LFH program will be discontinued.

 

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 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. We will contact parents or emergency contacts to collect any child who seems unwell.

 

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 to all schools. These will apply until further notice. I will provide more detail about our school context as soon as possible, but it is important to note that changes will include:

  • adjusted arrangements for drop off and pick up, including staggered school start and finish times;
  • restrictions on access to the school site for anyone other than immediate school staff and students;
  • the way we conduct parent-teacher meetings.

 

We understand that some families may feel anxious about this move back to classroom teaching and learning. 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.

 

Kim Dray

Principal

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12 May 2020

 

Dear Parents,

 

Thank you all for your support during the four weeks of remote learning this term.

 

Following advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has announced that students, teachers and support staff can return to face-to-face teaching. Principals have received some general advice this afternoon.

 

The return to school will take place in two stages:

Stage 1: 25 May - 5 June

In the first stage, students in Prep, Year 1 and Year 2, will return to school from Tuesday 26 May (with Monday 25 May being a state wide student-free day).

Stage 2: from 9 June

All other year levels will return to school from Tuesday 9 June. From this date, all students will be expected to attend school as normal.

 

This plan will give the Victorian Chief Health Officer and Government time to monitor and evaluate the effects that the staged return to school has on the increased movement of people and transmission of Coronavirus within the community.

 

Once a year level has returned, all students in that cohort will be expected to attend school as normal. This means, if parents choose to keep their child/children home after their year level has returned to on-site schooling, schools can no longer support their learning from home.

 

We expect that a detailed Return to School Operations guide, to support the transition back to on-site schooling, will be provided to schools soon. We will provide further details, specific to Laburnum Primary School, when we have these available.

 

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7 April 2020

Dear Parents/carers,

Remote Learning (Learning from Home)

The Department of Education and Training has released guidelines for schools, which include the following information. This aims to clarify what you can expect as we move to Learning from Home:

Remote teaching and learning programs will differ from school to school, just as on-site programs vary between schools. This will be a new experience for students, teachers and families/carers. It is not expected that things will go perfectly smoothly as we all begin this new way of working.

Remote teaching and learning programs that meet the guidelines set out below will ensure students continue to progress with essential learning. These guidelines apply to students across all year levels:

  • students and parents/families should be given clear information about how and when they will receive learning materials
  • teachers will together create and communicate what’s expected of students: what students will be asked to do, approximately how long it will take, and when they should complete the task
  • schools should avoid overwhelming students by giving them too many learning activities at once. Generally, no more than a week’s activities should be provided.

What you can expect in YEARS P-2

The focus of the program should be on:

  • Daily literacy program with tasks focussed on reading, writing, speaking and listening (45-60 minutes daily)
  • Daily numeracy program should include basic counting and measuring activities, using everyday materials (30-45 minutes daily)
  • Daily play-based learning activities, e.g. include free drawing and painting, colouring, folding, collecting, grouping and making and listening to sounds, including, where possible, music (30-45 minutes daily)
  • Daily physical activities that can be completed indoors, for example, simple exercises and dance movements (30-45 minutes daily)

What you can expect in YEARS 3-6

The program should focus on:

Daily tasks in:

  • literacy for a total of 45-60 minutes
  • numeracy for 30-45 minutes and
  • physical activities for 30 minutes

In addition, weekly learning activities that include:

  • science and technologies, the humanities, the arts, health and languages and
  • tasks such as guided reflective journal writing or drawing can be used to support students’ personal and social development. (a total of about 90 minutes each day)

Thanks to our fantastic staff, we will be ready to launch Learning from Home on Wednesday 15 April. More information about Laburnum’s arrangements, and how to log in to these, will be emailed at the start of term 2.


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27 March 2020

Dear Parents,

The school is now fully closed for the Term 1 vacation break.

I want to reassure you that our teachers have been working very hard to prepare for the possibility of Learning from Home. Their professionalism and dedication, as we prepare for something we have never done before, has been inspiring.

If we need to move into Learning from Home, you will be sent the following information:

  • DET guidelines on the amount and type of tasks we will provide
  • Passwords for online learning resources
  • Teacher-prepared tasks for each week, accessed via our website
  • Articles and resources to help parents through this time

Please note that we understand that families will vary in regards to available technology/devices and parent support for learning tasks. We do not expect parents to be teachers and have factored these considerations into our planning. Some children will complete all tasks, while others may not.

We will see what the coming weeks bring. In the meantime, I hope all families have a safe holiday.

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24 March 2020

 

Dear Parents,

 

Learning from Home

 

This message is also available on our website Home Page, https://www.laburnumps.vic.edu.au/, to provide a translation option for families.

 

As you are aware, the Term 1 school holidays have been moved forward, and started today.

 

Students are currently on holidays, so they do not need to be doing any school work. At the moment, all students will be expected to attend school from the start of Term 2 on Wednesday 15 April.

 

Teachers have been given time this week and on Tuesday 14 April to plan and organise Learning from Home, in case schools need to move to remote and flexible learning arrangements after the term break. If this happens, we will provide further advice for parents. No decision has yet been made about this possibility.

 

Teachers have ensured that students have stationery, books etc. to use at home in the event that they may start Learning from Home at some time after the break. Please keep these materials in a safe place until they are needed.

 

I will continue to keep parents updated. Thank you for your support and patience.

 

Kind regards,

Kim Dray

Translator

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