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Monday 23rd March 2020

Dear Students and Families,

The Term 1 school holidays are being brought forward and will begin on Tuesday 24th March (tomorrow). This is not something that the Victorian Government has done lightly, but it’s clear that if they don’t take this step, more Victorians will contract coronavirus and our hospitals will be overwhelmed.

What does this mean for students?

A. Starting Term 1 School Holidays Early – 24th March to 13th April
You are starting your normal school holidays early and will be getting an extra 4 days. During these extra 4 days, our staff will be preparing lessons to be delivered via Remote Learning.

B. Trial Remote Learning Day Wednesday 25th March
On Wednesday 25th March WSSC will run a Trial Remote Learning Day – this means students will continue to remain at home and connect to their four timetabled classes at their usual times using Microsoft Teams. Running this trial is essential as it will allow us to identify and fix problems before we fully transition to remote learning if required at a future date.

C. Likely Transition to Remote Learning Term 2 Tuesday April 14th
You need to make sure you bring home from school everything you may need to continue your learning program at home. This includes textbooks, workbooks, class materials, folios, calculators, pencil cases, etc. It is possible that at the end of the school holidays, we may Transition to Remote Learning and you may not be able to access these materials for some time.

Please contact the school on 0260 437 500 if Remote Learning is creating difficulties for your children.

D. Government Advice: You Need to Take Personal Action to Reduce Your Exposure
It is parents and carers legal responsibility to manage their children and ensure they are complying with the regulations as stated by both State and Federal Governments. This includes managing their online behaviour.

  • Social Distancing: minimise contact with others not in your immediate family, don’t go out unless it’s essential, keep contact brief and ensure a distance of 2 metres is kept between yourself and others
  • Stay healthy with good nutrition, regular exercise, sensible drinking, sleeping well, and if you are a smoker, quitting.
  • Maintain Good Hygiene Practices: Protect yourself and your family;
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or using the toilet. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60 per cent alcohol.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
    • Do not share drinking bottles, crockery and cutlery.
  • Do not participate in community gatherings including community sport if you are elderly or have preexisting medical conditions.
  • Stop shaking hands, hugging or kissing as a greeting.
  • Get vaccinated for flu (influenza) as soon as available. This could help reduce the risk of further problems.
  • Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly, for example telephones, keyboards, door handles, light switches and, bench tops.

Visit DHHS website (https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-transmission-reduction-measures) for further information.

E. Further Updates
As many forms of communication will be essential over the coming weeks to ensure relevant information is communicated to all students and parents/carers.

Please check your emails, College Facebook page and our website (especially towards the end of the school holidays) for further updates. This is a dynamic time and things are changing very quickly.

Please download and install the College App https://bit.ly/wsscapp

The College will regularly place an updated bulletin on the front door (80 Brockley St) for those parents/carers who don’t have internet access. In the event that there is a lock down, this would cease until bans are lifted.

F. Maintaining Good Mental Health
It is crucial at this time that all students maintain their mental health. Below are some links from Headspace and Reach Out to support students and families at this stressful and challenging time.
https://sims.wssc.vic.edu.au/SiMs/Site/Modules/Widget/719/61957
https://headspace.org.au/young-people/how-to-cope-with-stress-related-to-covid-19/?stage=Live
https://headspace.org.au/friends-and-family/tips-for-a-healthy-headspace-for-family-and-friends/?stage=Live
https://reachout-australia.myshopify.com/products/poster-5-ways-to-be-awesome-at-self-care-pdf

G. Should the above arrangement cause some issue, please ring the school

Cassandra Walters
Campus Principal WSSC         
Vern Hilditch
Executive Principal WMYC & WSSC
 

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