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Canning Vale College - COVID-19 Latest Update

COVID-19 Latest Update

14th May 2020

Dear parents/carers,

I want to thank you all for your support in what was one of the most unusual starts to a school term we have ever seen. Together, we have been able to make the best of this situation and ensure your child’s safety and continuity of learning.

Today, the State Government announced changes to education based on a review of current arrangements and updated health advice.

As of Monday, 18 May 2020, all students are expected to attend school, except for those students medically referred to learn from home.

This means students are either:
at school;
have a medical referral to learn from home; or
recorded as absent if they do not attend.
Over the last four days this week, an average of 88.4% of our students have attended school, which has been fantastic. Today’s attendance reached a high of 91.9%, 1367 students out of an expected 1463 possible. This is a very clear affirmation of the fact that “the classroom is still the best place for all students to learn”.

If your child is unwell, please ensure they are kept at home to support the wellbeing of all the College community.

Current health advice states that schools remain safe for staff and students and should remain open. We want to make sure all children get the best education possible, which is why attending school is so important. We are here to make sure all children are learning and there’s no doubt, schools are the best place for them to learn.

For parents with medical advice that their child should not attend school, we will work with you in partnership with the School of Special Educational Needs: Medical and Mental Health to support your child’s learning from home. If you feel your child is in this category, please do not hesitate to contact Student Engagement and Support and we will work together on next steps.

If your child does not attend school without a medical reason, they will be marked as absent and will not be provided a learning program.

The extra cleaning and hygiene practices implemented at the start of Term 2 will continue as part of the Department’s and Colleges COVID response.

We continue to ask parents/carers to drop-off and pick-up children at the road boundaries, and not enter the school grounds. This procedure for morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up will, now, remain in place, regardless of COVID-19 restrictions. CVC has had ‘kiss and drive’ bays for a considerable time.

Further to earlier communication, as of Wednesday of Week 1 Term 2 drop-off and pick-up can occur at the following locations, as well as numerous side streets.
Kiss and Drive Bays on Dumbarton Road at the front of the College (3 bays)
Kiss and Drive Bays on Boardman Road at the side of the College (4 bays plus 5 curb side parking)
Along Comrie Road bordering the College Oval (significant roadside space)
Along Ponderosa Loop bordering the Oval and Staff Carpark
We ask that parents please drive carefully and avoid doing U-turns in busy traffic as this can be dangerous and add to congestion.

The State Government will continue to make decisions based on the best health advice. Thank you for your continued support as we move forward.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the College on 9334 9000.

Kind regards,
Paul Bottcher
Principal
Canning Vale College


30th April 2020

Canning Vale College is open for all parents and carers who choose to send their children to school. The Minister stated that “the classroom is still the best place for all students to learn.”

The WA Chief Health Officer letter which was sent to all school staff states:

 - Schools are safe for staff and students and should stay open
 - that school staff and children are not at increased risk of COVID-19 by physically attending school; and
 - that there have been no cases of student-to-student transmission in Western Australia and no cases of student to teacher transmission.

To assist the College in planning for Term 2, as well as data entry for the student attendance recording system we are working on the belief that, if your child has not yet attended, they are in fact working at home and online via CONNECT classes provided work.

Please be reminded that, if you have not already done so, we require you to inform the College if your child is not attending.

If your child is unwell, please ensure they are kept at home to support the wellbeing of all the College community.

Year 11 and 12 students are strongly encouraged to attend to give them the best chance to complete their course requirements.
CVC has a clear expectation that students are engaging in their education and our expectation as a College is that the on-site attendance rates for Year 11 and 12 in particular will steadily improve in the coming week. Students in Year 11 and 12 are at the critical point of their schooling. They have less time to catch up on their learning if it is disrupted for too long. Having as much time in the classroom and engagement with teachers as possible before the end of their schooling will be of greatest benefit to them.

Across the College there is a real “buzz” in the yard and in classes. As I walk around I am getting a clear sense that the students are very pleased to be back and appreciating the opportunities to get back to face to face Teaching and Learning rather than working from home with online work packages.

As we are all aware, the situation is constantly changing. The following information is based on what know as of 8.00am today.

Returning to the College:

 - Designated year group areas have been implemented for recess and lunch breaks.
 - Parent and external visitors are being asked not to enter College grounds. There are times at which this may need to occur, for example disabled drop-off and pickup and new enrolments. If you need to enter the college grounds please call 9334 9000 to arrange access.
 - Timetabled classes will run as per a modified COVID-19 timetable for the remainder of 2020 (see below)
 - The College has already put in place a very well-resourced day cleaning regime, and this has been enhanced by additional government funding. Our cleaners will, work throughout the day to ensure all high-use areas, such as benchtops, desks, door handles, taps and handrails, are cleaned and surfaces disinfected as regularly as is practicable with timetabled classes operating.
 - The Café is now open, as usual for take-away only, as our Café contractor commenced operation again as of Wednesday 29th with an updated winter menu for all students. The menu is available on our website.
 - The Library will remain open.
 - At this time drink fountains will be available only for refilling water bottles. Drinking directly from the fountains will not be allowed until AHPPC guidelines for school campuses are changed. Signs are on all water fountains to remind students of this situation.
 - Excursions, assemblies, camps and interschool activities will not be conducted. Some essential off site curriculum activities (Period 0/Period 6) will continue in order to ensure curriculum delivery is continued in order to enable students to progress towards WACE achievement.

Learning at home:

Class work will be provided online via CONNECT.
Contact by the school will be made with students and/or parents each week via CONNECT, SEQTA and /or Phone calls.
These current arrangements will be in place and reviewed ahead of Week 4 commencing 18 May.

The following is an attendance update for student attendance as of Period 1 today. Please note that a significant proportion of parents are yet to inform us that their child/children are not attending and will be working from home. It is a requirement in WA that parents inform schools as to the reason for a child’s absence from school.

Please note the Timetable change for Term 2 onward as a CVC COVID-19 response for the remainder of the Year. This was communicated to parents via CONNECT last week, on Friday 24th April. The Tuesday/Thursday timetable from previous terms is the new normal timetable every day of the week, with an 8:50 am start and a 2:50pm finish.

Session Times Term 2 onward, 2020  Monday to Friday

8.50am – 9.50am - 60 minutes - Session 1
9.50am – 10.50pm - 60 minutes - Session 2
10.50am – 11.20am - 30 minutes - Recess
11.20am – 12.20pm - 60 minutes - Session 3
12.20pm – 1.20pm - 60 minutes - Session 4
1.20pm – 1.50pm - 30 minutes - Lunch
1.50pm – 2.50pm - 60 minutes - Session 5

CVC has had ‘Kiss and Drive’ bays for a considerable time. Further to earlier communication, there is no longer any parent drop-off or pick-up onsite at the start and finish of the day. As of Wednesday this week drop-off and pick-up can occur at the following locations, as well as numerous side streets.

1) Kiss and Drive Bays on Dumbarton Road at the front of the College (3 Bays)
2) Kiss and Drive Bays on Boardman Road at the side of the College (4 Bays plus 5 curb side parking)
3) Along Comrie Road bordering the College Oval (significant roadside space)
4) Along Ponderosa Loop bordering the Oval and Staff Carpark

We ask that parents please drive carefully and avoid doing U-turns in busy traffic as this can be dangerous and add to congestion.

We want all families and children to feel supported and informed during this time.

We thank you for your partnership and support as we navigate this situation together.

Kind regards
Paul Bottcher
Principal
30 April 2020



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