Dear parents and carers,
On behalf of our school, I again want to say thank you to all of our students, parents and carers and staff for your continued resilience and support as we moved quickly into the latest and extended COVID lockdown.
As announced by the Premier yesterday we were very pleased that the Melbourne Metropolitan area will be out of lockdown from 11.59pm tonight. Based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, schools in metropolitan Melbourne will return to face-to-face learning and teaching for all students.
At Wyndham Central College, the following will apply:
- Student Free Day. A preapproved and planned student free day will go ahead on Friday the 11th The college staff will work on assessment and reporting for semester one and undertake preparation for semester two.
Students will not attend school on Friday except for the Year 11 students that are completing their Year 11 examinations as previously communicated.
- Monday 14th The Queens Birthday public holiday. The school will be closed.
- Tuesday 15th All students will return to school.
7-12 students will return to begin Semester two. A new timetable will be uploaded onto Compass for students and families to access.
- Year 9-10 Examination period will begin on Thursday 17th
- Year 7-8 Examination period will begin on Monday 21st
Revisiting our Health and Safety measures at Wyndham Central College
As on-site schooling resumes on Tuesday, we will continue to have in place strong measures to protect the health and safety of students, staff, families and the community. This includes continued emphasis on hand hygiene and physical distancing where possible, the wearing of masks inside and outside (if you cannot be physically distance at 1.5m), and if you are unwell the need to stay home and have a COVID test if you have COVID symptoms.
In order to keep students as safe as possible Wyndham Central College will implement the following:
- All gates will be open in the morning and afternoon, we would request that students and parents do not congregate at entry and exit points, rather make their way quickly into and out of school.
- We would ask that all students bring their fully charged laptop and AVID Binder each day to each class, this will be the preferred method of completing school work and it is essential that this is brought to class. Students are also welcome to bring headphones for academic purposes.
- Students can use drinking fountains, but can bring water in a bottle, this can be refilled during the day from a tap.
- Mobile phones are still prohibited in school. Schools keep records of everyone on-site which would support contact tracing if needed. If you need to contact your child please do that via the front office on 97417911.
- Use of student lockers will continue.
- The canteen will be open but we request that students practice social distancing and use the brown paper bag process for ordering in the morning to reduce queuing.
- We will not be having large gatherings of students, in particular in different year levels.
- Cleaning arrangements will continue.
- The school has more than adequate supplies of soap, toilet paper and hand sanitiser. Students will be asked to wash and/or sanitise as often as possible.
- Buses will continue to run. Mask must be worn on public and school buses if over 12 years of ages, unless there is an exemption.
- No child is to attend school if they are unwell. Please keep them home and seek medical advice.
- If a student becomes unwell during the day with symptoms compatible with coronavirus they will be isolated in an appropriate place with suitable supervision and will need to be collected by a parent/carer as soon as possible. Urgent medical attention should be sought where indicated. It is not suitable for an unwell student to travel home unsupervised.
Please also remind your children who travel on school buses or public transport of the importance of the following:
- practising good hygiene, including using hand sanitizer.
- maintaining physical distance from others where they can.
- wearing a face mask (if over 12 years old).
- staying home if they are unwell.
The school will only supply masks to students in an emergency (these are not provided by the Education Department). As masks are mandated by the Victorian Government and must be worn to and from school, I ask all families to please ensure your child has the appropriate mask(s) for the entire school day. A reminder that a scarf, bandana etc. cannot be substituted for a mask.
A reminder that if you, your child, or a family member develops symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested at a COVID-19 testing facility and stay home.
Each family should regularly check the list of public exposure sites in Victoria (where a person with COVID-19 has attended), and if anyone in the family has attended a site at the times listed, follow the instructions given.
If you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, please check out the website for information and bookings. Like getting tested if you have symptoms, getting vaccinated goes a long way to keeping our communities safe and schools open.
The college will continue to provide any updates and information via Compass but we also encourage you to contact your child’s tutor teacher, Year level leader or our front office if you have any questions or require any support. If you would like assistance, please Reach Out: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wyndham Central College