Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for all your support during these past few weeks of remote and flexible learning.

Following advice from the Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has advised that schools can begin a return to on-site schooling.

All students can return to school from Tuesday 26 May.

To support all school staff to prepare for this transition, Monday 25 May will be a pupil-free day.

All students will be expected to attend school as normal. This means if you choose to keep your child/children home after we return to on-site schooling, we can no longer support your child’s learning from home.

This does not apply to children who need to be absent for health or medical reasons. For those families, please contact us so we can make an appropriate plan.

This same approach is being taken by all government schools in Victoria.

To support the health and wellbeing of all our students and staff, our school will continue an enhanced cleaning routine and will encourage frequent hand washing.
If you child is ill or is feeling unwell, they must not attend school. They must remain home and seek medical advice.

If you or your child are unwell please stay at home.
Please do not enter Jackson School if you have any of the following symptoms.
• Fever
• Shortness of breath
• Flu like symptoms, such as cough, sore throat or runny nose

While the Chief Health Officer has advised that students will not be required to maintain physical distancing at school, there will be a number of important changes to our school operations, consistent with health advice. This will apply until further notice. I will provide more detail about Jackson School as soon as possible, but it is important to note that changes will include:
• adjusted arrangements for drop off and pick up, including staggered school finish times;
• restrictions on access to the school site for anyone other than immediate school staff and students;

We understand that some families may feel anxious about this move back to classroom teaching and learning. I can assure you that this decision has been taken on the basis of the best health advice available to our state.

More information about the return to school and coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the Department’s website, which will continue to be updated:

Thank you for your continued support and patience during this time.

We look forward to welcoming our students back to the classroom.

Joan O’Connor-Cox