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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Update – Wednesday 1  April 2020

Summary:

  • College Office closed, Friday 3 April (College phone accessible during this time)
  • College to reopen with reduced Administration staff on Monday 6 April from 8:00am – 4:00pm

The College continues to monitor and follow current advice from Government and Catholic Education Melbourne and will continue to update all in the Community on a regular basis.

On Friday, 3 April the College Office will be closed as Administration staff trial working from home. The phone will be diverted and calls will be answered and addressed. Please leave a message if your call is not answered and the College will get back to you.

As it currently stands, the College Office will open with reduced Administration staff on Monday, April 6 from 8:00am until 4:00pm.

We thank our community for working with us during this difficult time.

COVID-19 Update – Friday 27 March 2020 (End of Term One)

Summary:

  • The College has upskilled staff and reviewed infrastructure to deliver remote learning for students, in readiness for a school shutdown (if this occurs)
  • We remind students to prepare their resources and exercise discipline in their studies, so that we are able to collectively maximise remote learning in Term 2.
  • We publically acknowledge and congratulate our staff and community for working with us to creatively adapt to the trying time we are facing.
  • Parents have been provided with our Remote Learning Plan. We encourage families to become familiar with this plan, to enable us to best support the boys in their learning, in the event that this plan needs to be engaged
  • While a plan is in place for the event of a school shutdown, the advice to date is that we will resume daily school operations on Wednesday 15 April (Term Two). Any change to this will be advised as soon as possible.
  • A great spirit of connectedness has been evident during this time, in a variety of ways. We acknowledge Year 7 parent, Nicola Howard who generously designed the below infographic to connect our community and best support the boys during the forecasted remote learning period.
  • We ask God to bless our College community and keep us all safe and healthy over the coming Easter break. We pray that we can soon return to normal College life and resume our mission of educating and nurturing students here at the College.

Preparing for Remote Learning

We encourage students to use the school holidays to prepare themselves both practically and mentally for the term ahead, as we sail into the uncharted waters of remote learning. The College has spent a lot of time upskilling staff and reviewing our infrastructure to ensure we are in a position to deliver remotely. We are confident that everything is in place, and our success will now rely on the dedication of our students to be disciplined in accessing their learning from home. We would like to publicly acknowledge, congratulate and thank our staff and community for the manner in which they have entered into this period of time and undertaken the tasks that have needed to be completed, as we are now well equipped to tackle this crisis.

Parents have been provided with the information outlining our plan for remote delivery. We encourage families to familiarize themselves with this plan, to enable them to support and guide their sons through this difficult time, as we all prepare for the event that schools are closed.

Term Two Commencement

The College is planning for Term Two to commence on Wednesday 15 April 2020, with all boys returning on this day unless we are otherwise advised. Any changes to current advice will be communicated as soon as possible to the College Community.

Spirit of Cooperation

At this time there is great evidence of people helping each other through these difficult times. A great spirit of cooperation has been evident, and demonstrated by many in the College community. We wish to thank and acknowledge the work of Year 7 parent Nicola Howard, who has designed the below graphic to help families to understand our remote learning expectations, should we need to enact our plan.

Principal’s Easter Blessing

“May God bless you all, and keep you safe and healthy over the coming months. Let us pray that this ordeal comes to an end sooner rather than later, that we can all return to some form of normality, and that the boys can return to school and we can once again take up our mission of educating and nurturing them here at the College.”

Robert Brennan
Principal

 

COVID-19 Update – Monday 23 March 2020

Summary:

  • Term 1 holidays to commence, Tuesday 24 March
  • Planning in place for resuming classes, Wednesday 15 April
  • Learning platforms in place for remote learning
  • Guidelines to assist your son
  • Accessible fee assistance for those affected

As we work together to maintain wellbeing and learning in this trying time, we acknowledge all families who have supported the College over the past couple of weeks in these uncertain and very trying times. I commend staff who are all working diligently to provide the best possible learning, teaching and pastoral care possible.

School Holidays Tuesday 24 March – Wednesday 15 April

Based on the advice from Government and Catholic Education Melbourne on minimising the risk of COVID-19 transmission, Term 1 holidays will commence Tuesday 24 March for all students. Current advice indicates students will resume classes on Wednesday 15 April. Changes to current advice will be communicated as soon as possible.

Continuity of Learning

Staff at the College are working diligently to provide the best possible learning, teaching and pastoral care as possible.

All boys will be asked to log on through Microsoft Teams APP on Wednesday at 9:30am to allow staff to test platforms. This session will be facilitated by your son’s Oratory Teacher. Boys are encouraged to email their teachers during this week.

Measures are being put in place to ensure the continuity of the boys’ education for the possibility of either a short or long term closure. Our plans will differ in the short term for students in varying year levels:

  • Year 7 – 9 students will commence their Easter Break Tuesday 24 March (and as directed in our Homework Policy will not receive holiday homework)
  • Year 10 -12 students are expected to undertake holiday homework during the week and there is likely to be an increase due to the early finish of classes

Staff will remain at the College this week to continue to upskill and to test the various means of delivering remote learning to the boys in the event of an extended school closure.

What you can do to assist your son

To enable your son to be well prepared (if the College is forced to undertake remote delivery), please ensure that he has/does the following:

  • School laptop
  • Internet access
  • Quiet study area away from distraction including mobile phone and TV
  • Logs into SIMON at the appropriate times
  • Maintains appropriate behaviour expectations
  • Takes Recess and Lunch time breaks
  • Takes regular breaks from the screen
  • Exercises
  • Drinks plenty of water

Access our step by step Simon Everywhere Download Instructions and ensure you stay in the know by downloading the Simon Everywhere App for iPhone or for Android.

Fees and programs for families experiencing hardship

Although there has been no decision by Government at this time, we are aware that disruption of on-site learning is likely.  As you are aware staff will support students with remote learning programs that have been outlined and will continue to be developed.  It is therefore intended that 2020 fees will remain and deductions will be made in accordance with payment schedules set up by families.

If your family is experiencing financial hardship during this time, we encourage you to contact our Finance Office to start the conversation about how we best support you during this time.

The College will follow our normal financial assistance policy in the following ways:

  1. In addition to the State’s contribution, the College provides $500 for recipients of Camps Sports Excursion Fund (CSEF) assistance.  Health Care Card Holders who have not completed a form are urged to contact the College.
  2. Families experiencing financial strain or hardship can apply for assistance under our concessions program.  Subject to provision of sufficient information to inform a decision, fees may be reduced or deferred or terms can be extended.
  3. Families can contact the College if they wish to extend instalment payments e.g. to January 2021.

The College is committed to assisting any family experiencing hardship and you are strongly urged to contact us if you are experiencing difficulties.

Support Staff

Learning Support staff and Wellbeing staff are available to the boys via email, Microsoft Teams and Skype.

Administration staff will be available at the College during the holiday period if you have any questions or concerns.

I wish you, the boys and your families all the very best during these uncertain times. I pray that all in our Community remain healthy and let us hope that we are all back together sooner rather than later.

Robert Brennan
Principal

 

COVID-19 Update – Friday 20 March 2020

On behalf of Salesian College Chadstone, I wish to restate our commitment to the health and wellbeing of our students, staff, learning and our wider community. We also commit to providing the best possible learning opportunities for our boys.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has shown how interconnected we are, and that when it comes to health, we are collective in our mission.

The health and safety of our community is of the highest priority. As a College we are carefully and regularly considering and acting on the advice from Government and Catholic Education Melbourne on minimising the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Our Leadership Team is meeting daily and continues to follow guidelines communicated to us by Government authorities to maximise best learning practice for our students. Based on advice, all scheduled large College gatherings, incursions and excursions have been cancelled until the end of Term, Friday 27 March.

Creating a sense of ‘normal’ is important to us to stabilise wellbeing and learning. We’re working hard to maintain daily school operation while we ready our staff and students for remote learning.

We ask that current parents refer to daily communications, outlining the College’s current COVID-19 action plan. We thank you for your understanding and working with us to achieve the best possible outcomes during this most difficult time.

The College will continue to update the school community as any new information comes to light.

Robert Brennan
Principal

FAQs

In this rapidly evolving situation, we’re committed to maintaining open channels of communication. We will continue to work towards protecting both the wellbeing of our community, and our students’ learning experience.

Will Salesian temporarily close?

Has Salesian implemented strategies to reduce transmission?

What should I do if my son is sick?

What should I do if I think my son has COVID-19?

How often are you considering new information?

Are Monday Tours still running?

How is the College preparing for a school closure?

What if I decide to self-isolate my son?