Latest Updates in Response to Coronavirus

We aim to keep you informed with the latest developments concerning the impact of Coronavirus on our College.

 

Policy Update: COVID-19 Stage 3 for term 3

Important information on 20th July 2020 for Pakenham Secondary College from The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) – emailed to parents, available on compass

Important update 16th July 2020 – emailed to parents, available on compass

Important update 13th July 2020 – emailed to parents, available on compass

Important update 9th July 2020 – emailed to parents, available on social media posts and compass.

Important news 5th June 2020 – emailed to parents, social media posts

 

Posted 27th May 2020: NEW Return to School COVID-19 Policy

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  Return to School Arrangements / Protocols (25th May 2020)
The school has received Health and Safety advice from the Chief medical Officer and the Department of Education and we have used this information to implement a variety of strategies that will support physical distancing and good hygiene practices.

The Chief Medical Officer writes, “This is in addition to the available evidence that largely indicates that transmission between children in the school environment is low.  This growing evidence, coupled with low levels of community transmission in Victoria, means that the risk posed to staff and students returning to on-site schooling at this time is very low.”  DET guidelines indicate, “The main risk of Coronavirus in the school environment is between adults”.  Hence, there has been a strong focus on social distancing between adults.

We have used this information to change our practice in order to support the safety and well-being of students, teachers, parents, and the general school community.
In particular, please note that:

  • The parking area adjacent to the administration steps can no longer be used.  Parents are asked to use the car park adjacent to the flag poles and stay in their cars if they are picking up or dropping off children.  Our preference is for parents not to come into the school at the start or end of the day and park on Cunningham Crescent or Duncan Drive.
  • Visitors to school grounds will be limited to those supporting essential school services and operations.
  • Parents are asked that students have their lunches with them at the start of the day and refrain from dropping food off to students at lunchtime.
  • It is our preference that contact with the school is done by phone or email.  It is expected that most parent teacher discussions will be held over the phone or other virtual alternatives.  Parents are asked to not use the general office unless it is absolutely necessary and I ask that they make an appointment if they actually want to speak someone.
  • Once all the students have returned to school on June 9, we will be adopting staggered start and finish times.  Students across Year 7 to 9, will start at 9.10am and finish at 3.15pm.  Students across Year 10 to 12 will start at 9.00am and finish at 3.05pm.  This will help to avoid congestion at the different exits and the various Pedestrian Crossings used by students.  It will be reviewed at the end of term 2.
  • Students will not have access to drinking foundations so they will need to bring their own water bottles. Refilling stations will be set up around the school.
  • Students will not have access to their lockers and are asked to bring their own equipment to school as needed.   Sharing and use of school equipment will be limited to more specialised subjects such as woodwork and food technology.
  • Good hygiene practices will be implemented across the school with hand sanitiser being used in all classrooms.  In addition to this, there will be extra cleaners on-site during the day cleaning high touch areas.
  • Any student who is experiencing compatible symptoms with Coronavirus will be directed to sickbay and will then need to be collected by a parent/carer as soon as possible.  It is not suitable for an unwell student to travel home unsupervised. In order to support the well-being of all, parents are asked not to send unwell students to school.

Our processes and policies need to change as we enter this new era.  We are doing what we are doing to support the health and well-being of all those involved with the school.  Like many things this term, we are learning as we go and will adapt our practice to best suit the needs of the situation.

 

Newsletter 8,  25th May 2020 – Emailed to families

 

Update 14 May 2020

Following advice from the Victorian Government on Tuesday 12 May, some students will be returning to school from Tuesday 26 May.

The Victorian Chief Health Officer has advised that it is safe for Victorian school students and teachers to return to on-site schooling in a two-staged approach:

  • Stage 1 – from Tuesday 26 May

Early years students (Prep to Grade 2) and senior secondary students (Year 11 and 12) undertaking the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), and all specialist school students will return to on-site schooling. All staff will attend on-site.

  •  Stage 2 – from Tuesday 9 June

Grade 3 to Year 10 students will return to on-site schooling, subject to health advice.

The Department’s latest advice on can be found at www.education.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

 

 

Important News 12th May 2020 – Emailed to families

Important News 16th April – Emailed to families and on Compass

Update 15th April – Emailed to families and on Compass

Important News 14th April – Emailed to families and on Compass

Important News 9th April – Emailed to families

Important News 8th April – Emailed to families, Compass and Social Media

Important News 27th March –  Emailed to families

Important News 23rd March – Emailed to families, Compass and Social Media

Important News 22nd March – Emailed to families, Compass and Social Media

Important News 21st March – Emailed to families, Compass and Social Media

Important News 17th March – Emailed to families, Compass and Social Media

Important News 16th March – Emailed to families, Compass and Social Media

 

Resources if you need support during this time:

Lifeline Australia: 13 11 14

Lifeline Australia TEXT : 0477 13 11 14 (6pm to midnight, 7 days a week)

Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636

Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800

My Place Youth Centre: 1800 4 Youth (1800 496 884)

Headspace: 1800 367 968

Parentline: 13 22 89

FrontYard Crisis Housing & Support: 9977 0077  – 19 King Street, Melbourne CBD (Open 7 days a week, 9am – 8pm)

WAYYS Housing: 9791 6111

 

Links to useful tips and parenting advice

Talking to children about coronavirus

How to talk to your children about coronavirus: top 10 questions answered

Supporting your family during stressful events

 

Tips for working from home

Millions of workers, including government employees, will experience remote work for the first time. There are strategies you can adopt to stay on task when away from the office and co-workers

Click here to read tips

 

Downloadable resources

Tips for coping with Coronavirus anxiety

Maintaining your mental health during social isolation

 

Useful videos to watch with your family