Dear Quarry Hill Community,
A long post follows! I would appreciate you reading it in its entirety. I will be involved in briefings over the weekend, and will inform you of any changes as they come to hand.
As of 1:00pm this afternoon (Saturday August 21st
), regional Victoria will go into another hard lockdown. Conditions will align with those in metropolitan Melbourne, with the exception that we will not be bound by a curfew. We will be required to limit movement to a five-kilometre radius, wear masks in all settings and abide by the five essential reasons to leave home.
The five essential reasons for leaving home are:
At this stage, there is no end date provided for these restrictions to be eased
- Shopping for essential goods or services (5km radius)
- Work or study if you can’t from home
- seeking or giving care
- Exercise for two hours per day (5km radius)
- Getting vaccinated.
Remote Learning will begin again on Monday, August 23rd
. Monday August 23rd
Teachers will plan work for remote learning and will print off and organise work packs for those families that require one. These can be collected by parents from the quadrangle from 2:00pm, Monday August 23rd.
Hard copy packs will not require computer access to complete tasks or any printing of documents. Teachers will provide instructions to support completing this work.
For Monday, I suggest some of the following activities:
- Reading favourite books
- Writing a letter to a friend/relative/teacher
- Writing about what you do during the holidays
- Going on a shape scavenger hunt around the home. How many of each shape can be found?
- Playing board games or card games
- Exploring in the garden to find insects and creatures that like wet conditions
- Starting a family jigsaw
- Making puppets out of all the odd socks! (Where do they go?)
- Creating objects from recycled packaging
- Drawing a self portrait
- Playing a musical instrument
- Going for a walk or a run and enjoy the fresh air
Of course, all teachers are available to contact over the course of the day. They will send out a message so that you have their email address if you need it. From Tuesday August 24th
The same procedures will be in place as with our last stint of remote learning. Grades 3, 4, 5 and 6
Most of our students have their BYOD devices at home. For those that don’t have their device with them, or who don’t have their own, one will be made available. These devices can be collected from the office
between 8.30am – 9.30am Monday, August 23rd.
Upon collection, parents will be asked to sign a user agreement.Attached to this message are instructions for students to log into Google Classrooms (Learning from Home Instructions 3-6).
For those families that do not have internet connection, hardcopy packs will be available. These packs can be collected from 8.30am until 3.00pm from outside Room 1 and Room 2 in the quadrangle. Parents do not need to come to the office. Enter via Peel Street through the front door of the old building. You are required to use the QR code system to sign in. Please wear a mask. Packs will be arranged in year levels. Please tick your child’s name on the form to acknowledge that a pack has been collected.
Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns around relating to this. They are happy to help.Grades Prep, 1 and 2
All grade Prep – 2 students will continue with hardcopy packs. Similarly, to the grades 3-6 arrangements above, these packs can be collected from 8.30am until 3.00pm from outside Room 1 and Room 2 in the quadrangle. There is no need for parents to come to the office. Enter via Peel Street through the front door of the old building. You are required to use the QR code system to sign in. Please wear a mask. Packs will be arranged in year levels. Please tick your child’s name on the form to acknowledge that a pack has been collected.
Our Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2 teachers are available to answer any of your questions. Please email them.
For families that have devices at home, an online check-in time will be allocated from 11.00am – 11.30am each school day. Classroom teachers will send out a link. For those families that do not have internet access, teacher will phone you.
There are 3 documents to this message:
1. Remote Learning Outline for Parents
2. Learning from Home Instructions 3-6
3. Attendance Form.Onsite Supervision
Onsite supervision is available for vulnerable children and children where both parents and/or carers are considered authorised workers who cannot work from home, work for an authorised provider and where not other supervision arrangements can be made.
As a school we will provide limited
on-site supervision for those students who need to access this on days when they are not able to be supervised from home and no other arrangements
can be made.
If you fall into this category and you work part time, we ask that you only send your child on the days/half days that you work.
If you are a parent working from home, we ask that you keep your child at home with you.
If you need to work but have a partner or other adult at home, we ask that your child be supervised at home.
We also ask that children attending onsite are booked in to ensure adequate supervision. Attached is the attendance form.
Please do not be offended if you are questioned about your circumstances and your roster. We are working hard to keep all our community
safe. The Delta variant is more infectious and more easily transmissible to all age groups, including young children. What support can I access during these stressful times?
Our usual school supports continue to be available. Feel free to contact myself or Anne Rochford. We will be here to help where we can. Please call the school on 54433537.
Our Welfare Worker, Kerryn Phillips, is also available. Kerryn works at our school on Mondays and Wednesdays. Kerryn’s email is: Kerryn.Phillips@education.vic.gov.au
Classroom teachers and specialist teachers are available to contact during regular school hours. They are more than happy to help.
External services that you may find useful:
Novel Coronavirus specific: Other information:
Our Book Week Dress Up Day scheduled for Thursday August 26th will need to go online. I hope that all children can still dress up on the day and share their costumes via Webex, or via an emailed photo. We will share the pictures on our website and in our newsletter.
Whilst I have not heard anything officially yet, the Division Athletics scheduled for Tuesday August 24th and the Soccer in Swan Hill on Thursday August 26th will no doubt be postponed or cancelled. All extra curricular programs will be on hold until further notice.
Thank you for continuing to work with as we navigate a safe path through this pandemic. it is big, and it is relentless!
Stay healthy and safe everyone.