Coronavirus Update - School Holidays commence 24/03/2020

Dear Parent, Carers and Students,
Our thoughts are with the entire Elisabeth Murdoch College community at this time, along with the with others around the world as we all react to the spread of the corona virus.
Yesterday the Victorian Government announced additional steps to combat the spread of coronavirus, including bringing forward the school holidays in Victoria to commence from Tuesday 24 March. I know that for many families and carers that this news will be meet with differing emotions. The impact of the actions from the Federal Government and the Victorian Government will be far reaching, and will potentially impact the livelihoods of many members in our community.
Monday / today will be a normal school day. Students will not be required to attend school as of the end of Monday’s lessons.
All staff will use the next four days for planning and preparation for the likely transition to flexible and remote learning.
We encourage students to take home their learning resources books, computers, and writing materials. In the event that we are required to transition to a flexible and remote learning scenario, students will not be able to access to the College.
The College is awaiting clarification from the Department of Education and Training around the expectations for our functionality during a period of working remotely along with advice related to the operational challenges we will all face. We are expecting further information throughout the course of today, which I will share with you.
The coronavirus pandemic is without precedent in living memory, and it is taking us into the most challenging of times – as individuals, in our communities and as a society.
The College is committed to ensuring continuity of learning and support to our school community. During this challenging time I encourage you to discuss with your children what this may look like, from daily routines to work spaces in the home. We all know that students and children thrive on structure and routine. The coming days and weeks will be no different, and parents and carers will need to create an environment at home which has high expectations for learning and student success. The EMC THRIVE model provided recently is a great starting point for conversation.
Our student wellbeing team will continue to function throughout this time. I encourage you to reach out in the event that you or your child requires support.
Thank you for your continued support during this time.
Yours sincerely
Dean King

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