Update to Students from Mr Honeywell
You will all have been following the news quite closely concerning Coronavirus, its spread and our need to take quite extraordinary measures to protect ourselves and our society.
You will have heard and understand the concepts of social distancing and hygiene (teachers may with to cover this in more detail with students).
Today, 23rd March, is the last day for students attendance at Secondary Schools for Term 1, 2020.
You should ensure that you take home all your personal possessions, ie. laptop, charger, clothing, books, materials, bikes and medical items from the office.
Please confirm with your HG teacher that you can log-on to Compass and all other learning platforms (Edrolo, Stile, Math's Pathways, Skillsbuilder etc.).
At this point, we do not know precisely what Term 2 will look like although we do know that the first day, Tuesday 14th of April will be a student free day and we can anticipate that there will be a lot more learning from home to follow.
We will send out communication as soon as we receive it so please stay connected to the school, your teachers and your learning programs via online means.
As you move to your home environment, please adhere to the medical advice that has been circulated to society by the chief medical officer. We all have a very important role to play in preventing the spread of this virus and maintaining the health of all within our communities.
Please remain healthy, stay safe and be kind- we very much look forward to seeing you, and all of the Newcomb SC family as soon as we are able to return to school!
Mr Honeywell, Principal
18th March 2020
Update to Parents- COVID-19
This is an update on the COVID-19 virus communication previously circulated on Monday 16th March. As everyone will be aware, through the media, this situation continues to develop and in accordance with DET and DHHS advice we have postponed or cancelled excursions and camps. This includes the cancellation of the Athletic Sports planned for tomorrow, which will therefore be a normal school day. The College Council meeting set for tomorrow evening has also been cancelled.
Current advice remains the same, that all government schools are to remain open unless otherwise advised. We are tracking this information on a daily basis, therefore we will update you if there are any further changes to the advice on this matter.
Please be reminded of good hygiene practices and if your child is exhibiting any symptoms please follow medical advice and contact your GP. The health and wellbeing of students, staff and broader school community are paramount to Newcomb Secondary College. Stay safe.16th March 2020
Newcomb Secondary College's response and planning for a potential escalation of the COVID-19 situation.
We are absolutely committed to the health and wellbeing of everyone in our school community and will continue to send out notifications with updates for families, as Victoria's situation is changing
There are currently no confirmed cases of Corona virus infection within the Newcomb Secondary College community, and therefore no plans to close the school at this stage. We will only close the school on the advice from Victoria's Chief Health Officer, DI-IHS and the Department of Education, with whom we are in daily communication.
Our current priorities at Newcomb Secondary College are:
•To educate our school community about preventative measures to minimise the risk of spreading any virus in our school community.
•To restructure some programs and events to minimise the risk of spreading a virus.
•To conduct planning should the need arise for us to close the school for a period of time and run teaching and learning programs remotely.
Everyone can protect against infections by practising good hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene. Keep points to remember include the need to:
•Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing with a tissue, or cough into your elbow.
•Dispose of the tissue into a bin and then wash your hands afterwards.
•Wash your hands regularly and before eating, using soap and running water for 20 seconds, drying hands thoroughly by using paper towel or hand dryers. At school we have had sanitiser available in multiple locations.
If your child feels unwell or has any flu-like symptoms do not send them to school and consult your doctor. If you or a member of your family test positive to COVID 19 please notify the school immediately on 5248 1400 or by email at email@example.com.
Should a student become ill at school with symptoms consistent with coronavirus they should report immediately to school office. If they have been overseas recently or have been in contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus they will be isolated in a separate area and parents will be asked to collect them immediately.
Self Isolating guidelines:
Everyone arriving into Australia from overseas as of midnight on the 15th of March will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. This obviously includes students and staff who may be returning from overseas excursions or other travel.
Importantly, it also includes parents and carers and any other relatives or friends of your students who are returning from overseas travel. As they are required to self-isolate, they must not visit the school to pick up children or for any other reason. Please remind your parents and community members of this.
In addition, in response to the New Zealand Government's travel restrictions announced over the weekend, staff and students can no longer travel to New Zealand. This is effective from Sunday the 15th of March 2020.
Additional Information is available from the Department of Health and Human Services https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.
In recognition of DHHS and DET advice, we have made the decision to postpone or cancel all camps, incursions and excursions including the College Athletic Sports and the Year 7 Information Night until later in the year. We have also cancelled our Year 10 Work Experience program for the time being.
Continuity of learning:
School closure will only occur based on the advice of health and education authorities, and families will be immediately notified using our full range of communication platforms.
In the event of school closure, students will be expected to continue their learning at home with support of their teachers via COMPASS. Students will be required to take all of their text books home and to access work through COMPASS. Some students may have limited access to the Internet or have no access to computers. Please access the COMPASS app from your mobile phone in these cases and use the resources in the local library if able.
If your child is a VCE or VCAL student, we understand that students will be concerned about the impact of the school closing: It is important to note that we are aiming to minimise any disadvantage as a result of a period of school closure. We are awaiting advice from the VCAA regarding assessment.
Should the school be required to close, more detailed information about access to learning will be distributed.
The health and wellbeing of all members of our school community is in the forefront of our minds as we deal with an unprecedented and unpredictable situation. We ask that you work cooperatively with us as we plan and prepare to support our staff to continue provision of high quality learning outcomes for all students. We will maintain regular communication as the situation continues to change.