Important Community Information COVID-19

UPDATED: Wednesday 25 March 2020.
Carranballac takes the health and wellbeing of our College seriously and are working diligently to maintain a safe, healthy and educational environment for all members of our community.  Families are being kept informed of current DET advice via Compass.

If you need assistance logging in to Compass please contact the College Administration Office between 8:30am and 4:20pm each school day on (03) 9395 3533.

For more information on COVID-19 and the advice to families and schools please click here

Friday 27 March 2020

In our current health, school, business and social landscape we want to reassure families that if you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious or struggling with your mental health in any other way, a number of resources are available:
  • Kids Helpline (Free, 24/7, private and confidential phone counselling service for people aged 5-25 years.) Call: 1800 55 1800
  • Kids Helpline Email (email a counsellor service. Emails are monitored 8am-10pm daily) counsellor@kidshelpline.com.au
  • Kids Helpline Chat service (free live chat with a counsellor 24/7. You will be able to choose the gender of the counsellor you speak to and will be able to continue chatting with the same counselling each time you log in).
  • Your GP: In the event that you are required to self-isolate or contract COVID-19 and would like psychological support from a Psychologist, your GP can provide you with a Mental Healthcare Plan under Medicare and assess your eligibility to receive up to 10 bulk-billed sessions (no out-of-pocket expense) with a registered psychologist via phone counselling and/or video calls.
  • Health information: If you feel worried about having COVID-19 symptoms and need information, it is recommended that this information be sought from a reputable source instead of social media outlets and limit your exposure to distressing articles and posts:
  • Coronavirus Health Information Line (National free phone call): 1800 020 080
  • Health Direct website (National website with up to date information about COVID-19) www.healthdirect.gov.au
  • The World Health Organisation (WHO): www.who.int
Click Here for more resources


Wednesday 25 March 2020

SOS Teacher Agency has offered their expertise and support in providing an online student tuition service at a cost to families.  Information is available here.

Monday 23 March 2020

Yesterday the Victorian Government, with the support of the Chief Health Officer, announced the bringing forward of school holidays in Victoria, commencing from Tuesday 24 March.
This is obviously an unprecedented step in response to the current global crisis. I greatly appreciate your support as we navigate our way through these challenging times, and receive constantly evolving updates from The Department of Education and Training (DET).

During the week of Tuesday 24 March to Friday 27 March schools have a responsibility to provide care and supervision programs for students in vulnerable circumstances, and those students who are the children (or under the care) of essential services workers.  Examples of essential services may include health, police, corrections and emergency services workers.
There is no obligation for students who are children of essential workers or students who are vulnerable to attend school this week. However, we do have an obligation to ensure we provide care and supervision program for these students if it is needed.

The Victorian Chief Health Officer (CHO) will advise on whether the transition to flexible and remote learning should commence on the first student day of Term 2; Wednesday 15 April.  Confirmation of this information will be released closer to that date.

Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) provider OshClub is available and willing to offer an extended holiday program this week for families needing an additional care program.  This will run at the Jamieson Way campus from Tuesday 24 March.  If this is a suitable need for your family you may access or register for their services via www.oshclub.com.au or by phone 1300 395 735.

Regards,
Brendan O'Brien
Director, Carranballac P-9 College
www.carranballac.vic.edu.au
carranballac.p9@edumail.vic.gov.au


Sunday 22 March 2020

To all in our Carranballac P-9 College community,

We are certainly experiencing challenging times.  On behalf of our School Council and staff, I would like to thank you all for your understanding and support in recent weeks. You have been amazing, as have our staff and students. The Point Cook community has put their best foot forward. If you are aware of any families struggling please email the College as we may be able to offer some support.

The Premier announced today that the school holidays will be brought forward, commencing on Tuesday. Currently we are awaiting explicit Department of Education and Training (DET) advice as to what this entails for your children and our staff.
We anticipate being in a position to provide you with updated advice tomorrow.  

With drop off and pick ups tomorrow please keep to the required 1.5m Social distancing expectation to ensure we give everyone in our community safe space. Please also limit your time on site at the College in order to improve everyone’s safety.

Once again thank you for your continued understanding and support.

Regards,
Brendan O'Brien
Director
Carranballac P-9 College


Friday 20 March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,
 
We hope you and your family are coping well. We all understand that circumstances are changing daily. We continue to adhere to Department of Education and Training (DET) advice as it becomes available. With the assistance of all families, our teachers and support staff are doing an excellent job keeping our school operational and students engaged in a safe environment during difficult circumstances.

If you have been medically advised to self-isolate or recently returned from overseas we require you to contact the College immediately.  Please keep your child at home if they have cold or flu like symptoms.  Students who exhibit cold or flu like symptoms at school will be sent home.
 
Social Distancing

The State Government and DET; under the advice of the Chief Medical Officer, have encouraged all schools to implement social distancing strategies.  As a result of this;

  • Parents and carers are requested to limit their time within the school grounds. We encourage families to make arrangements to have one adult dropping off and picking up students.

  • We ask that parents do not speak with teachers before or after school. If you have an urgent matter please contact the school by phone (03) 9395 3533 or email carranballac.p9@edumail.vic.gov.au

  • We require that parents and students do not arrive too early or stay behind after school

  • We will be introducing a range of social distancing strategies within the school environment for students and staff. Staff will be educating students on these strategies and will become part of daily conversations and practice.

We will have extra staff on duty who will be directing families to move on quickly.  We are aware that our community naturally participates in social gathering at the beginning and the end of the school day.  This will be strongly discouraged henceforth.

Although these are difficult measures for a school that promotes community involvement, we are presently experiencing exceptional times.  Our priority is keeping our children, staff, and broader community safe.

 

Work from Home; Learning from Home for Students

At present, the best place for students to learn is at school.
The exception is where students are being kept out of school due to self-isolation requirements or based on medical advice.  Schools are not obliged to support continuity of learning where the school remains open and parents choose to remove their children from school due to general concerns in relation to COVID-19.[i]

We will be notifying families via Compass of updates and encourage families to refer to our College website for updates on the College’s response to COVID-19.

 

[i] Department of Education and Training COVID-19 update, 19 March 2020

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