Good afternoon Parents/Guardians,

Further to the briefing by the Prime Minister last night (and in light of the regular updates our information keeps changing) today’s update:

Our position remains that we are open for any families who need us, or as the Prime Minister said, open for children of essential workers (‘everyone who has a job’). As also stated in the PMs address, we will move additional pupil free days to back onto the school holiday.

So what this looks like in practice –

Week 9: 30/3 – 3/4

Primary School: Business as usual, no further changes or updates at this stage.

Senior School: Given the number of students absent has just moved over the 50% mark, we will move to the full online learning program as of Monday (30/3). Many classes are already making the switch, which we appreciate, but the broader program will be invoked as of that date. Please see this package for important information

This does not mean we are closed – we are open for anyone who needs to be onsite. The regular schedule will continue for Week 9.

We would like to acknowledge our staff who have been working tirelessly whilst this situation unfolds, with both students on site and students working remotely. It has been a huge task and dramatically increased their workload. As we move more onto the online system, we would ask students and families to be understanding of the volume of correspondence staff are currently receiving, which will be prioritized as we transition to the new mode (e.g. that which can be answered in class; that which is ‘high care’; etc.).

Week 10: 6/4 – 8/4

The college will, as advised, move pupil free days to back onto the Easter break. More information regarding the schedule for this week will be shared tomorrow in our update as there is a further set of meetings today on the status of schools.

Please note:

  • As yet the post-holiday period is undefined. Given the rapidly changing nature of things it is impossible to predict the schooling scenario. We will keep you updated as we learn more.
  • As the PM meets with ministers and local government and agencies meet, the information is subject to change. We are dealing with rolling information – and are aware that today further government meetings are occurring in regard to schools.
  • We will keep you updated each day at 4pm (holiday notifications will occur prior to the new term)

Other Notices:

Attendance:

Please notify us if you are voluntarily self-isolating your child. We need to update their attendance status in our systems to avoid them being marked ‘absent without reason’ which prompts a system notification to you stating that your child is not at school. We have a code specifically generated by the government for COVID-19 remote learning students that we can assign to your child.

TAFE in Schools

We have received an update from both North and South Metropolitan TAFE’s that all TAFE in Schools courses are being run as normal. We will let parents know if any further information is released.

Kind regards,

Rob Gratton and Tracy Holmes

Principals – Mandurah Baptist College