Remote learning has brought with it much change for children, young people, carers and families that we support and we understand that this is a challenging time for everyone.
With Stage 3 and Stage 4 Restrictions still in place across Victoria until 28 September, there are guidelines in place for remote learning, vulnerable children and children of permitted workers.
- Term 3 & Term 4 Update
- Schools will still be open for vulnerable students and students whose parents are permitted workers
- In rural and regional Victoria, children enrolled in specialist schools will be able to continue attending
- Kindergartens and early childhood centres will only be open for vulnerable children and children whose parents are permitted workers.
Term 4 will see the following changes introduced if we reach an average daily case rate in metro Melboune of 30 to 50 cases over a 14 day period with public health advice regarding transmission source.
- Childcare will open from 28 September, standalone (sessional) kindergarten programs from Monday 5 October in line with Term 4
- Schools will see a staged return to face-to-face learning. Prep to Grade 2, students in Years 10 – 12 undertaking VCE/VCAL and specialist schools return in Term 4.
For more information visit https://www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions-roadmaps
- Children's Rights to Education
Here are a few points of clarification about the rights of our children and the responsibilities associated with their education:
- Every vulnerable Aboriginal child in Victoria aged 6-17 years has the right to attend their local state school and if for some reason they have been excluded from a school, it is the role of that school and the Department of Education to continue to oversee the education of that child until an alternative schooling arrangement is found.
- Every Aboriginal child of compulsory school age (6-17 years) should have and be overseen by a Student Support Group (SSG) organised by the school that meets each term to work out how to best support the child at school (this needs to include the family, community, VACCA or relevant agencies too)
- Every Aboriginal child of compulsory school age (6-17 years) should have an updated Individual Education Plan (IEP) developed by the SSG at the school, that is implemented and followed — action that is especially important during the COVID-19 crisis.
- If a student does not have internet access and has yet to receive a dongle, it is the requirement of the school to continue to provide a hard copy of their work until internet access is available. You can ask your worker to request this for a young person if it has not yet occurred.
If you need any support with education please contact your VACCA case worker or call your nearest VACCA office.
- Learning from Home Tips
The Victorian Government has introduced measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus in schools. In Metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire this means a move to remote and flexible learning for many students.
For parents and carers, helping children to learn at home can be daunting. Please remember – you don't have to be a teacher! Your role is to provide encouragement and care for your children as they complete the tasks provided by their school.
We have developed some tips to help you support your child's learning at home.
Tip 1: Routines
Our first tip is about routines. Providing your child with some structure reduces their anxiety (and your own). And don't forget to give them breaks, just as they would have if they were still at school.
Tip 2: Being Organised
This video covers tips to set up your child's learning space as best you can.
Tip 3: Learning Styles
This video helps you think about how you can support the different learning and sensory needs of your children.
Tip 4: Fun and Play
This video features tips to encourage your children's participation through creative, fun activities.
Tip 5: Working and Teaching
If you're balancing working from home with supporting your children's learning at home, be kind to yourself and your child!