Welcome to week 2 of Term 4.
With the return to face to face teaching and learning getting even closer, the College is doing a lot of planning to keep the school Covid safe and open. All staff on site will be vaccinated, in alignment with CHO directions.
Parents you will notice changes to your access to the General Office. Access for visitors will be restricted to those who need to be here. There is clear signage to promote social distancing and traffic flow as well as access to hand sanitiser. Students may continue to be dropped off by car and we will continue encouraging using the Hawthorn Rd drop off zone. Sanitiser has been made available in each classroom/ learning space and office area.
Students should practice hand hygiene before and after each class and before and after handling equipment. Whilst the College does provide sanitiser in every space, students are encouraged to consider supplying personal sanitising products for this purpose. Students who are unwell must test and isolate and not attend until they have a negative result, and their symptoms subside.
This week the College is proud to be a part of the covid solution, with a pop-up vaccination hub being run out of the Aspire Centre.
As part of the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out, all Victorians aged 12 years and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Getting vaccinated is the best way you can protect yourself, your family and our school community from further outbreaks and the spread of COVID-19.
Vaccination is not mandatory, but it is highly encouraged, except where your medical practitioner advises you otherwise.
A pop-up vaccination clinic will be held at Forest Hill College, 178-180 Mahoneys Road, Burwood East from 10am to 6pm on Saturday 16 October and 10am to 5pm on Sunday 17 October. On-site parking will be available. Students and their families, in addition to community members, are strongly encouraged to visit the pop-up vaccination clinic during the designated times.
You can walk in to get vaccinated or you can make a booking.
Students and families should bring the following to the pop-up clinic:
- a face mask
- photo identification
- a Medicare number or Individual Healthcare Identifier number, ifyou have one.
This week the Deputy Premier, James Merlino, announced that there are some changes to the treatment of VCE students who become primary close contacts.
To enable all students access to sitting their exams, primary close contacts will receive an exemption to leave their place of isolation and attend the exam center, in a covid safe way.
Primary close contacts will be given a dedicated room with an exam supervisor wearing full PPE, to complete their exam. The student will not be required to wear full PPE, the supervisor will. All precautions will be taken to ensure primary close contacts will not be in contact with other students and staff. The College will work through all specific details with any students who become close contacts if the situation arises. If you feel you may be a primary close contact please me without delay, on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will begin making arrangements to enable you to safely participate in your exam.
If a student tests positive, they will be unable to attend the exam, and they will receive a derived exam score for that exam.
We are attending a briefing on Friday with VCAA and if any further details become apparent we will keep you informed.
Stay safe, stay strong