Parent Teacher Interviews - Cancelled

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Elisabeth Murdoch College Principal team is monitoring the risk of Coronavirus with the advice of the Government and Department of Education. Our College has a number of excursions and events planned for the remainder of this term which we are considering the viability of. Whilst we would like to ensure the normal operations of our college and have minimal impact on student learning, we are looking to minimise the risk of exposure of our students and staff to the virus. We have cancelled some excursions already to places like the Grand Prix, where the risk outweighs the learning opportunity.

The College has made the decision to cancel Parent Teacher Interview day, Tuesday 17th March to minimise the risk of exposure to the community. We are committed to parents having the opportunity to discuss their child’s progress with teachers, but will do so in a different format for this occasion. Parents that have made bookings can expect a phone call from the teaching team to discuss their child’s progress during Weeks 8 and 9 of this term. Tuesday 17th March will now run as a normal timetabled day. If you did not already have a booking and wish to speak to a particular teacher, please email them directly through Compass.

Please be reassured that whenever the College receives a Coronavirus update from the Department of Education and Training (DET) that is relevant to the wellbeing of our students and staff, that this information will be shared with our community. The DET continues to work closely with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to plan for and respond to the likely impact on schools.

If a student or staff member at Elisabeth Murdoch College is in one of the categories below, we must contact DHHS for advice on what to do next.
Categories for contacting DHHS:

  • The person is a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • The person is a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

‘Close contact’ is defined by DHHS as someone who has had at least 15 minutes of face-to-face contact with a confirmed case or shared a closed space with someone for more than two hours with a confirmed case.
Unless we have a student or staff member in one of the two above categories, we will continue with our current schedule. Please inform the school if you are aware of a student who may be in one of these categories.

School closures
Based on current advice from DHHS, when there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 among a student or staff member, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer will recommend an affected school’s closure for 24 hours.  If this occurs, DHHS will work with DET and staff and students will be advised to stay home and self-isolate for 24 hours. This closure will support school and health officials to work through a contact and containment strategy, including decisions about extending the closure period. Please note that as of this time of writing there are no known cases of COVID-19 or contact with COVID-19 affected people in relation to Elisabeth Murdoch College students or staff.

Maintaining learning continuity
DET will provide an online website, learning from home, that will be available in the event of a government school closure. All subject Domains at Elisabeth Murdoch College have will prepared learning activities for students to do at home should our school be closed, this work will be available via Compass. DET is working closely with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) to minimise disruption to Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) teaching and learning programs and, as far as possible, ensure no student is disadvantaged. Further advice regarding any interruption to the year’s VCE schedule will be provided as events unfold. Elisabeth Murdoch College is committed to all our students and their learning growth and outcomes, we recognise that this is an important time in the learning journey for our VCE and VCAL students and write to reassure everyone that we will continue to provide the support that they require to be successful and access their pathway to success.

Where to go for advice and assistance

Kind regards,

Dean King

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