I would like to take this opportunity to thank my dedicated staff for all the work they have been and are doing to ensure that we are fully prepared for a school closure.
We are fortunate to have the Seesaw app already in place to communicate with parents about their child’s learning. In the event of a school closure the Seesaw app will be the main form of communication between school and families. It is our goal to keep connected with all students and parents so that learning continues. We have arranged for a diversity of learning opportunities both on and off line. It is important that we keep these varied. I ask for parents’ collaboration in this matter. Staff will be sharing what their usual day in the classroom looks like for you to follow if you wish. The staff are preparing the students by going over the learning tasks and sharing their expectations with the students so that they are aware and know what has been put into place for their learning to continue.
I would like to also inform you of further measures that the school will take as of tomorrow to ensure we are doing all we can to continue to meet challenges, during this difficult time of adjustment for everyone.
I ask all students to bring their water bottles as they will not be drinking from the school taps. Students will have many opportunities to fill their water bottles as needed. The school will provide any child who does not have a water bottle with one.
Restricting people who come to our school to only the essential persons. This includes the suspension of the Music Bus lessons until further notice. The Music Bus will get in contact with families to communicate alternative arrangements. They are currently working on this and you will soon receive information from them about how to proceed from now on.
Parents to move quickly in and out of the school before and after school and not to enter the classroom. Also no children on the adventure playground either before or after school. Continue to communicate with your child’s teacher or staff via email.
Continued reinforcing of best hygiene practice from school and home, as shared in previous correspondence.
Reinforcing social distancing and talking about the importance of this with the students and also by rearranging the seating in classrooms and adding outdoor and larger spaces for use F-6.
The Bishops of Victoria have communicated that all masses and liturgies across the Melbourne, Sale, Ballarat and Sandhurst Dioceses have been suspended until further notice. You can continue to participate in the life of the Church, through activities such as time in personal and family prayer, reflecting on the Scriptures or participating in a Mass online - (http://bit.ly/MassOnDemand or https://melbournecatholic.org.au/Mass or www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass).
Not all of these initiatives reflect our normal practice. Our Lady’s is a school which is hospitable to all but as you can understand we are responding to unprecedented challenges. The children’s wellbeing is at the forefront of our minds and I thank both the parents and the staff for your understanding and cooperation. I know that staying cohesive and working together will ensure that we are doing the very best we can for each other and our community. Please don’t hesitate to ring or email me if you have any concerns.