Dear CSPS Families and Carers,

With the Victorian Government having released its plan for easing coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, I thought I would touch base just so that we are all of the same understanding about what is planned for schools including CSPS, at this stage.

The announcement didn’t include my own personal wishes for the beginning of Term 4, however, I am hopeful that it won’t be too long until we do have all our children back on site. We all just need to hold on for a bit longer and use those strategies at our disposal to remain as positive as possible. I can only imagine the impact of the last few months on families and I know that the sooner all children are back at school, the sooner parents will be able to move forward and try to resume some semblance of normality. Again, I stress that if families are in need of wellbeing or practical support, I encourage you to make contact with us at school either by phone or email.

Our staff has been meeting in teams this week to discuss what this now means for us and the best way to move forward with the transition back to on-site learning next term, taking into account their knowledge and experience of this situation to date and the wide variety of feedback from our parents.

What we know from the latest announcement that applies to our school:

  • We are to continue to provide remote and flexible learning for the remainder of Term 3 which finishes on 18 September
  • Vacation care may operate during the school holidays but only for students who are eligible for on-site supervision at school in Term 3 – See newsletter for TeamKids information
  • First week of Term 4 (5-9 October), remote and flexible learning will continue for all students at CSPS
  • On-site supervision for children of permitted workers and vulnerable students will continue to be provided as per Term 3
  • Monday 12 October – Students in Prep to Year 2 return to full-time on-site schooling. (The existing remote learning program will not continue for these year levels.)
  • Remote and flexible learning will continue for all students in Years 3 to 6, other than for children of permitted workers and vulnerable students who will continue to be supervised as per Term 3 arrangements. (A date for the return of these year levels to face-to-face learning will be subject to further health advice.)
  • During the staged return, outside school hours care will be available to students attending for on-site learning and supervision and progressively for the relevant year levels returning to on-site learning
  • School staff will attend school at times when they are delivering on-site learning (P-2 from 12 Oct) or supervision of other students eligible to attend on-site supervision. At all other times, staff are to continue to work remotely where possible
  • These changes as we know them remain subject to the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer so this information may change

This will clearly continue to require the flexibility, adaptability and resilience that has been demonstrated by our community, although I know this situation has tested many of us.

Further information or changes will be sent as soon as possible after it comes to hand.

I wish everyone in our community the strength and resolve to continue to manage this situation in the best way possible for yourselves and your families, as we are doing here at school, and I look forward to the earliest return of all our students and staff to on-site teaching and learning.

Warm regards