Message from Mr Willett

Monday 3rd August, 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,
I write today to provide further details following the recent announcement by the State Government
that all schools will again move to remote and flexible learning from Wednesday August 5 2020. As per
previous correspondence, Tuesday August 4 will be a Pupil Free Day to allow staff to prepare for
Remote Teaching and Learning.

Remote Teaching and Learning
Remote Teaching and Learning will commence from Wednesday the 5th of August and will be provided
in much the same way as it was in Term Two. Comprehensive information and guidelines will be
provided tomorrow Tuesday August 4.

Onsite Supervision
The firm request of the Government has made it clear that students must work from home unless
there are exceptional circumstances that would prevent this from occurring. It is expected that there
will be a small number of families that will fall into this category.

The exceptional circumstances are:

  • Children whose parents cannot work from home
  • Vulnerable children
  • Any child with a disabilit

For those children who fit the categories described by the Government as workers in essential business
and the vulnerable, as well as any child with a disability who have no alternative but to attend the
school, parents can be confident that supervision will be provided.

I understand the complications that this will present some families, but highlight the exceptional
circumstances we are all facing, as individuals, and as a community. This Government directive has not
been made lightly, and we are all obliged to ‘play our part’ in overcoming the health dilemma we
currently face.

Guidelines indicate that although we are able to provide a limited supervisory service from the school,
our teaching staff will, by and large, and in line with the Government directive, also be working from
home. Cobram AGS will provide a skeleton staff to cater for the students to whom the exemptions

The curriculum that the essential services/vulnerable students complete under supervision at school
will be exactly the same as the curriculum that is being provided online.
I ask that parents who require their child/ren to attend school for onsite supervision to complete the
online form which can be found on our website as soon as is conveniently
possible, in order that arrangements can be made. The online form will need to be filled in and
submitted each week that supervision is required. The form will be available each Friday for the
following week.

For those students attending school for onsite supervision, buses will be running as normal. Please
ensure you indicate on the Online Supervision Form if you child/ren will be travelling to school via bus.

For those students attending school for onsite supervision the canteen will be operating with a limited
menu for lunch orders only.

Mandatory Wearing of Masks
Please be reminded for those students attending school for supervision masks are compulsory for
students in Year 7-12. This includes bus travelers on their way to and from school (in Years 7-12).

Student Health
I would like to again remind everyone if your young person has any symptom consistent with COVID-
19 they are not to attend school and will be required to be tested for COVI-19. I also ask that prior to
any test result being returned that the student remains isolated at home.

Financial Assistance
I would also like to remind all our families of our commitment to support the continued enrolment of
all our students during this very difficult period. If your family is experiencing financial hardship due to
the COVID – 19 pandemic, please contact us directly to confidentially discuss the options that we have

As per our previous correspondence the School will continue to develop and refine its plans on
advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, and update parents, guardians and students in a
timely manner.

I thank families for their support and assistance as we work together in these difficult times.

Mr Keith Willett