During the school holidays we will be provided with updates from the Department of Education and Health Minister as to what schooling will look like when we return on Wednesday 15th April. If we are informed that we will move to remote learning we have already prepared two weeks of learning tasks for students to work through. A small number of primary students' families actually collected these learning packs prior to the holidays so they can be opened and used if the need arises after the holidays. However, for the majority of other students the following arrangements have been put in place if remote learning begins after the school holidays:
- All primary students will be mailed out a learning pack with a variety of tasks to complete over the first two week period. These packs will be mailed on Tuesday April 7th so that they arrive at your homes in time for Term 2 to start.
- All primary students have also had a reading pack organised with readers suited to each student’s learning needs. Many families have collected these packs from school but if you haven’t done so, could you please pick them up for your child from the main office by 2pm Friday 27th March. After this time the office will be closed for the term break.
- Some online learning opportunities will also be put up on Compass for our Year 2-6 students for those who have access and a suitable device.
- Our secondary students learning will be put up on Compass from the beginning of Term 2.
- From our survey we know there are some students who will not be able to access this material. Therefore, we have made up learning packs with hard copies of these activities for those students. They will also be mailed out on Tuesday April 7th so that they arrive in time for Term 2 to start.
Remote teaching and learning programs will differ from school to school, just as on-site programs vary between schools. However, whilst it is not expected that things will go perfectly smoothly as we all begin this new way of working, we are determined to support our students at Merbein P-10 in the best way we can manage as a team.
I would once again remind families that at this time it is more important than ever to regularly check Compass and/or our College Facebook page to ensure you have the latest information pertaining to Merbein P-10 College. We are totally committed to keeping you all informed of current changes and arrangements, but without students being onsite this is the best way possible to communicate.
As we move into holiday mode, it’s important that you look after yourselves and your families. Stay Safe.