Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic update

On 3 August the Victorian Government announced that, on the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, metropolitan Melbourne will move to Stage 4 restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The changes to schools’ operations will come into effect from Wednesday 5 August.


Implications of Stage 4 on the KSC community
As outlined in the Chief Health Officer’s advice on Friday, schools remain safe places for staff and students – but these steps are critical measures to reduce the movement of students and families across the state.

There are implications for our school, and for families in our school community. A summary of what the changes mean for Koonung Secondary College is outlined below.

All schools in metropolitan Melbourne
Year 7 to Year 10

  • Year 7 to Year 10 students will continue with remote and flexible learning.
  • The criteria for students that can attend on-site has changed as follows:
    • children whose parents are permitted workers. The Victorian Government will provide further advice about this over the coming days
    • vulnerable children in out of home care, children known to child protection and other agencies and children the school identifies as vulnerable
    • children with a disability who also fit one of the above two categories.

Senior Secondary Year 11 and Year 12

  • All Year 11 and 12 provision for both VCE and VCAL will move to remote and flexible learning
  • The GAT will be rescheduled from Wednesday 9 September to Wednesday 7 October.
  • The schedule for the VCE examinations and release of results will remain as previously advised.
  • Further information about consideration of disadvantage and coronavirus (COVID-19) will be provided shortly.

Timeline

  • Monday 3 August will be a ‘normal’ day of school under current arrangements, with students attending on site learning asked to take all their necessary learning materials home.
  • Tuesday 4 August will be a student-free day across Victoria to enable teachers to prepare for flexible and remote learning.
  • Wednesday 5 August will be the first day of new arrangements for schools across Victoria
  • This is a day ahead of the statewide introduction of the Stage 3 restrictions in rural and regional Victoria, but will provide for a smooth transition and will enable as much continuity of learning as possible.

Staffing

  • Schools will ensure sufficient staff are available for necessary on site supervision.
  • Staff not required for on site supervision will work from home.


Remote learning program
We will continue to run our current timetable whilst students are participating in the flexible and remote learning program. Students and teachers will be working according to the timetable schedule for domain based subjects. Sports Education, Pathways and Positive Classrooms will not be included in this schedule. Assemblies will be scheduled as required by the Sub-School Teams. Students will be notified of assemblies via a newsfeed.

Please refer to the Remote Learning process document included with this information which provides further detail regarding Koonung’s Remote Learning structure.

KSC Term 3 remote learning program

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



Thank you for your understanding and support, please stay safe and well. 

Kind regards
Marianne lee 
Principal
  




Parent commendation

Remote and flexible learning has certainly impacted us all and has set some new challenges for all staff at Koonung. One of the lovely things about  Koonung SC is to witness the wonderful parent support that we receive and the letter below is a heart warming  example of this.
 

Dear Koonung Secondary College Teachers, Education Support members and all staff 

 

We are writing to thank you all for your extra time, effort, professionalism and care during these unprecedented times.

 

At all stages in the ‘move to’ and the ‘application of’ remote and flexible teaching and learning, a sense of calm and control has resonated via the purposeful and timely communication by teachers, coordinators and leaders at KSC.

 

A special thank you to Middle Years staff for their direct communications with our son, and to his year level cohort. They, and all the staff at KSC, have continued to keep students and the parent/carer community informed and feel supported, particularly over previous weeks.

 

It is in times of crisis where cohesive, clear and supportive leadership enables individuals to successfully manage change, and for teachers to deliver curriculum that continues to reflect the high quality of teaching, learning and individual care that we have experienced since being part of the KSC community at the beginning of this year, we are so grateful for this.

 

Finally, thank you again to all the staff at KSC for all that is being done for the student community. The hard work and long hours put into planning and delivering the remote teaching and learning doesn’t go unrecognised, and is very much appreciated.