Back to School Parent and Student Guide


Dear Parents and Students,

 

We understand that some families may initially feel anxious about this move back to classroom teaching and learning. This Parent and Student Guide has been created based upon the best current advice provided by the Victorian Government and the Department of Health and Human Services. Further updates will be provided as they become available.

Thank you for your continued support and patience during this challenging time. We look forward to welcoming our students back on-site.

 

TRANSITION BACK TO SCHOOL

 

Following advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer and as announced by the Victorian Government, Victorian Government schools will begin a transition back to on-site schooling for students. The core elements of this approach are:

  • A staged return for students commencing Tuesday 26 May 2020.
  • All school staff to work from the school site from Monday 25 May 2020. The only exceptions for on-site attendance will be for some staff in identified risk categories based on medical advice. These will be determined in accordance with directions provided by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and with approval from the College Principal.
  • Enhanced hygiene practices and cleaning on school sites.
  • Return of all students for on-site schooling at government schools from Tuesday 9 June 2020.

The staged return will be as follows:

  • VCE Year 11 and 12 students (and Year 10 students undertaking VCE studies) on-site from Tuesday 26 May 2020. If travelling home via public transport is a limiting factor, Year 10 students undertaking a VCE subject may remain on-site to complete their remote learning program. These students will be working out of the Library Learning Centre.
  • Students in Years 7 to 10 will continue the Online Learning program from home until Friday 5 June 2020.
  • The on-site Online Learning program will continue to be provided for vulnerable students in Years 7 to 10 and those who are not able to be supervised at home and for whom no other arrangements can be made.

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) has advised that a ‘venue density rule’ of no more than one person per four square metres is not appropriate or practical in classrooms or corridors, nor maintaining 1.5 metres between students during classroom activities. Therefore, the previously established ratio of 10 students per class is no longer required in schools.

To support all College staff members preparing for the transition back to school, Monday 25 May 2020 will be a pupil-free day. Arrangements for the day are outlined below.

STUDENT ATTENDANCE

All students in the year levels returning to on-site schooling are expected to attend school. Schools are not expected to provide remote Online Learning where parents elect to keep these students at home, except where this is based on medical advice.

 

At Bentleigh Secondary College, this means if a parent or carer chooses to keep their child/children home after their year level has returned to on-site schooling, we will no longer support their learning from home. This does not apply to children who need to be absent for health or medical reasons. The Chief Health Officer’s advice states those who live with elderly or chronically ill relatives are no longer able to use this as a reason to work from home. Arrangements for those families will be managed by Marc Koenig and Arun Karunaratne and (Assistant Principals: Student Engagement and Wellbeing). An appropriate plan will be devised and communicated with staff.

 

FACILITY USE AND OPERATIONS DURING THE TRANSITION TO FACE-TO-FACE TEACHING

 

26 May – 8 June 2020 (Week7B and Week 8A)

  • VCE classes: In normal timetabled classrooms (except L07 break out staffroom).
  • Year 12 Study Sessions must be undertaken on-site in the Library and VCE Study Centre (the study desk have been rearranged to accommodate social distancing).
  • Year 11/12 students will continue to meet with their Home Group Teacher using MS Teams instead of assemblies. Information will continue to be disseminated this way.
  • On Wednesday 27 May 2020, Year 12 English students will be undertaking their English Analysis SAC from 1:30 to 3:30pm in A Block portables (A09 – A14).
  • On Friday 5 June 2020, all Year 12 students will be undertaking a GAT Practise Exam in A Block portables (A09 – A14).
  • On-site Online Learning will occur in the Library. This is for families of Years 7 – 10 students who are unable to provide at-home arrangements. A CRT supervision roster will be devised for this program. Teachers cannot be expected to undertake the two roles at once.
  • An On-site Learning Form must be completed for any students attending in 7- 10.
  • Specialised Programs outside of normal school hours are suspended.
  • All kitchenettes other than the Main Staffroom will be unavailable for staff/student personal use. VCE kitchenette, Music kitchenette and da Vinci kitchenette is closed.
  • All buildings (except portables) will have one ENTRY and one EXIT ONLY for students. Please adhere to the signs, It’s in your hands to socially distance.
  • Each entry point will have a hand sanitiser stand. Please adhere to signage, It’s in your hands to sanitise.
  • Student toilet facilities will be as follows:
  • Year 7 students participating in the on-site Online Learning Program will utilise the Year 7 Precinct toilet facilities.
  • Years 8 - 9 students participating in the on-site Online Learning Program will utilise the PAC toilet facilities.
  • Years 7 - 10 students will utilise the VCE/da Vinci toilet facilities.
  • A canteen service will operate. Lunch orders must be completed through the ordering system and social distancing adhered to. The following arrangements apply:
  • Lunch orders must be submitted by 9:00am the day of the order.
  • Lunch orders will need to be collected directly from the canteen at the start of lunch.
  • Staff will also need to place orders for their lunch which will be left in the kitchen (labelled with their name).

 

 

9 June – 26 June 2020 (Week 9A, Week 10B and Week 11A)

  • Years 7 to 10 students return. Normal timetabled program for all Year levels (7 – Year 12) including Home Group and regular assigned classrooms will operate.
  • Specialised Programs outside of normal school hours remain suspended (no ensembles etc).
  • All kitchenettes other than the Main Staffroom will be unavailable for staff/student personal use. VCE kitchenette, Music kitchenette and da Vinci kitchenette is closed.
  • All buildings (except portables) will have one ENTRY and one EXIT ONLY for students, where practical. Please adhere to the signs, It’s in your hands to socially distance.
  • Each entry point will have a hand sanitiser stand. Please adhere to signage, It’s in your hands to sanitise.
  • Year 11/12 students will continue to meet with their Home Group Teacher using MS Teams instead of assemblies. Information will continue to be disseminated this way.
  • Student toilet facilities will be as follows:
  • Year 7 students will utilise the Year 7 Precinct toilet facilities.
  • Years 8 - 9 students will utilise the PAC toilet facilities.
  • Years 7 – 10 students will utilise the VCE/da Vinci toilet facilities.
  • A canteen service will operate. Lunch orders must be completed through the ordering system and social distancing adhered to. Floor decals will be placed outside the canteen. The following arrangements apply:
  • Lunch orders must be submitted by 9:00am the day of the order.
  • Lunch orders will need to be collected directly from the canteen at the start of lunch.
  • Staff will also need to place orders for their lunch which will be left in the kitchen (labelled with their name).
  • Staggered drop off and pick up

In order to enable social distancing requirements, when students return they will start their school day at different times in order to provide a staggered drop-off and pick up. (It is recognized that the staggered times will not work for all).

Start of Day Arrival:

8:30am                 Years 10 – 12  

8:40am                 Years 7 – 9       

End of Day Dismissal:

2:50pm                 Years 7/8

3:00pm                 Years 9/10

3:10pm                 Years 11/12

  • The APs will arrange recess and lunch breaks so that all Year 7/8 students are dismissed ten minutes early to go to the canteen. Teachers teaching those classes will supervise in piazza.
  • There will be no assembly-type gatherings until further notice.
  • There will be no inter-school sport until further notice.
  • There will be no camps/incursions/excursions until further notice.
  • There will be no ensembles, musicals, formals or small gatherings until further notice. The use of technology will be explored to deliver these events where possible. The Lip Synch Staff Musical is an example of a gathering without gathering or filming in an enclosed space

 

 

CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR ALL STUDENTS DUE TO STAFF ABSENCE

 

Staff will be required to attend for duty in accordance with normal arrangements making necessary adjustments to support physical distancing between adults. As with other members of the community, teachers and other school staff may be at greater risk of more serious illness if they contract coronavirus (COVID-19) if they are:

  • aged 70 years and older.
  • aged 65 years and older and with chronic medical conditions.
  • of any age and have a compromised immune system.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and are aged over 50 years and with one or more chronic medical conditions.

In such cases, the teacher will continue to teach via the Online Learning program and a CRT will be in the class to support the learning. In addition, English Tutors have been assigned to help Year 12 English students in Term 2. They are able to assist students in preparation for the exams in November.

 

SCHOOL HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES

 

Victoria’s return to on-site school attendance is based on the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer. The health and safety advice indicates that schools should consider a variety of strategies to support physical distancing, particularly among adults, and good hygiene practices to reduce the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission.

All staff will be responsible for their own social distancing and out-of-classroom social distancing, wherever students congregate. Within classrooms it is the responsibility of the class teacher to implement social distancing in as much as the classroom environment can be. To minimise the risks the school has:

  • Placed signage in all classrooms and buildings including floor decals to remind people how to socially distance.
  • Organised Sanitiser Station for each entrance point to a building.
  • Established a supplementary staff room so that during breaks, staff are able to maintain social distancing:
  • A33 will become another lunch preparation area and staff are advised to pack cold lunches where practice rather than congregate around the toasters.
  • Break out rooms to be used by staff e.g. da Vinci Upstairs Study Area and Library Classroom.

Access to the College Site

 

Schools have been advised to undertake steps to reduce the number of adults on-site, as well as those congregating outside their schools at any given time.  

The College will be accessible to those delivering or supporting essential school services and operations including:

  • College staff and students
  • Contractors, cleaners and maintenance workers
  • Authorised visitors (SEIL/DET)
  • Parents are not permitted on-site, unless authorised by the College.
  • The College’s entry and exit points will be monitored to minimise the risk of creating large congregations. For this reason the following arrangements have been made:
  • Additional staff will be rostered on before and after school yard duty for the remainder of Term 2.
  • Families will be reminded that students are not to be on-site prior to the staggered times of 8:30am (Senior School) and 8:40am (Middle School)
  • Families will be asked to avoid or minimise time in or around the College grounds/streets.
  • Families will need to plan for and adapt to altered arrangements to arrive at specified times.
  • Students arriving on-site are able to access any gate.
  • Years 7/8 will be dismissed early at recess and lunch to minimise rush to canteen and classes will cease learning at different times prior to the scheduled departure time to support a safe and orderly exit. The following exit points will be used by the students:
  • Years 7/8 students dismissed at 2:50pm. The period 6 teacher will escort the class to the lockers and then direct them to the Margareta Street gate (unless they have a bike). Staff will remain on duty with their students in and around Year 7 Precinct to minimise noise disruption until 3:10pm.
  • Years 9/10 students will be dismissed at 3:00pm and can use any gate. The period 6 teacher will escort the class to the piazza and remain on duty in that area to minimise noise disruption until 3:10pm.
  • Years 11 /12 students will be dismissed at 3:10pm and can use any gate.
  • Activities that involve on-site attendance by students from different educational institutions (e.g. interschool sport or interschool debating) will not take place. Exemption Brighton Secondary College shared classes.

Student Restrictions

 

Social distancing for students at school does not apply. “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 …” The school will encourage students to:

  • Not to use taps for drinking. The school has arranged for troughs to be converted to water filling stations.
  • To bring their own bottles for refilling as well as their own sanitisers.
  • Observe social-distancing of 1.5 metres if practical.
  • Not engage in contact activities or activities where contact is likely (e.g. Soccer is one such activity).
  • All down ball is banned in the piazza.
  • Zones will be created for each Year Level.

 

OTHER HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES

  • School Equipment cannot be shared (pencils, rulers, protective garments etc), however some items it is not practical to not share (like safety glasses or power tools in wood). Students will be encouraged to practise hand hygiene before and after use, as well as clean any shared items used with disinfectant wipes.
  • The College’s mobile phone policy remains in place. Staff and students are reminded to clean their phones regularly and download the COVID SAFE app.
  • Social distancing of 1.5 metres between adults continues to be encouraged. To support this, staff may consider using spaces such as the da Vinci breakout spaces, vacant meeting rooms, Main Admin staffrooms and vacant classrooms.
  • The movement of visitors through the Main Administration reception areas will be carefully managed, complemented with clear signage and access to sanitiser.
  • There will be strict access restrictions to the Main Administration and Sub School work offices.
  • Outdoor facilities are preferred for the purpose of physical education and recreational play. Where indoor facilities are used, the number of students will be limited to no more than one classes per gymnasium or PAC.
  • Non-contact sports should be encouraged. Hand hygiene must be practised before and after use of any sporting equipment.
  • The Bentleigh Weights Room is unavailable for student use until further notice.
  • The library is closed until further notice. No book borrowing etc. All books have been covered.

 

Hygiene/PPE

 

Everyone can protect themselves and prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) by continuing effective hand hygiene. Enhanced hygiene measures should continue during the return to on-site teaching and learning.

  • All staff and students should undertake regular hand hygiene, particularly on arrival to school, before and after eating, after blowing their nose, coughing, sneezing or using the toilet. This should be directed by staff where required.
  • All students will be guided in regular hand-washing- not just after toilet breaks but before and after recess and lunch breaks, too. Increase signage around the school.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available in all classrooms (via teacher). A 500ml bottle has been provided for teachers to ensure students are sanitising regularly. We have ordered Tork sanitisers dispensers to be placed in every classroom and open learning spaces. These will be installed as soon as possible.
  • Sanitisers Stations have been placed in all entry and exit points e.g. General Office; Library; A Block, VCE, PE Foyer; da Vinci Foyer.
  • Students/Students who bring personal protective equipment from home will be encouraged to make use of it. It is not recommended on the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer.
  • Supplementary cleaning of taps, door handles and communally used surfaces will be carried out during school days. This will be undertaken by Spotless Cleaning Services and is additional to the normal cleaning.
  • If any confirmed cases of Covid19 are identified amongst the student or staff cohorts at the school, that or those persons will be isolated immediately, the relevant authorities notified ASAP, and the school will be locked-down at the end of that school day for deep cleaning. It will not re-open until declared “safe” by a person qualified to so declare.
  • Where relevant, the highest hygiene practices amongst food handlers where these services are operating, as per the DET Safe Food Handling policy will be exercised. Sharing of food should not occur.
  • Hygiene requirements including handwashing must continue to be practised. Soap will be available for staff and students in all toilet/washroom facilities.
  • Additional hand sanitiser will be available on-site in the following areas:
  • At entrance doors to all buildings via Sanitiser Stations
  • Main Administration Reception Area and Staffrooms
  • Maintenance Office
  • Extended and increased cleaning arrangements have been introduced and will continue. This involves progressive cleaning throughout the day to ensure that risks of transmission are reduced for high-touch surfaces.

PROVISION OF ROUTINE CARE AND FIRST AID

 

Physical distancing is not practical when providing direct care. In this situation standard precautions, including hand hygiene, are important for infection control.

The First Aid Officer will be located in the First Aid Office at all times and available to check students and send them home immediately. The school has two recently purchased two laser thermometers to check students, if required and standard precautions are implemented when coming into contact with someone for the purpose of providing routine care and/or assistance. Measures include:

  • Standard precautions as per the DET Infectious Disease policy and related policies are adopted when providing first aid. For example, the use gloves and apron when dealing with blood or body fluids/substances.
  • Always wash hands with soap and water or use a hand sanitiser before and after performing routine care or first aid.
  • Additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), for example face masks, is not required to provide routine care or first aid for students who are well, unless such precautions are usually adopted in the routine care of an individual student.
  • All school staff have had access to voluntary prioritised coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. Participation in testing was entirely voluntary, including those who are asymptomatic.
  • Staff have been reminded that if they are feeling unwell with flu-like symptoms – even mild symptoms - they should seek a health check if they are at school when they begin to feel unwell. If at home they should not attend school if feeling unwell.
  • If the First Aid Officer declares a child “ill” following a presentation during the day that child will be immediately sent home or isolated for the remainder of the day.
  • Students with Immunodeficiency or immunocompromise or who have a chronic health condition need to seek medical advice.

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

 

DET remains committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of all staff and continues to provide its full suite of services. This includes services and resources aimed at addressing individual needs, as well as tools and supports to help guide staff. Specific examples include:

A comprehensive list of supports and services can be found on the COVID-19 Health, Safety and Wellbeing Support for Schools page.

 

 

Managing a Suspected or Confirmed Case of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

DET has procedures in place with the Department of Health and Human Services to manage suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in schools. The College Principal will activate the established procedures if a student or staff member:

  • is a confirmed case.
  • has been in close contact with a confirmed case.

DHHS defines ‘close contact’ as someone who has either:

  • had at least 15 minutes of face-to-face contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • shared a closed space for more than two hours with someone who is a confirmed case.

Unless the College has a student or staff member in one of the two above categories, there is no need to take further action. A temporary school closure can only occur at the direction of the Regional Director. If a school has a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Department will work with the school to undertake a deep clean and the school will be made operational as soon as possible.

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

All staff are scheduled to undertake Professional Practice Days (PPD) on 5 June. This will minimise disruptions to classes.

 

MEETINGS WITH PARENTS/CARERS AND EXTERNAL PROVIDERS

 

Attendance on site by non-essential visitors and parents will be limited. Where possible, staff are required to conduct meetings virtually or by phone. In extenuating circumstances face-to-face meetings will be organised by a member of the Principal Class Team. Visitors to school grounds should be limited to those delivering or supporting essential school services and operations (e.g. student health and wellbeing services, visiting DET teachers, maintenance workers).

 

ACCESS TO DEVICES

 

Due to the Bentleigh BYOD device program, all staff and students have access and/or been provided with to mobile devices/dongles for the remainder of Term 2.

 

ONLINE LEARNING PROTOCOLS

 

For the remaining remote learning period students are reminded to continue following the protocols outlined in the Online Learning Student Guide. Staff will continue to use Compass and Microsoft Teams.

 

All staff will continue the practice of placing lessons on Compass for all classes. Parents should continue to be involved in their child’s learning.

 

ONLINE LEARNING AND TRANSITION BACK

 

When students begin to return to school there will be a period when some struggle to settle back at school. Some will be over excited to see their friends and others will be distant. The social and emotional health of students will be given a high priority and I ask that you be alert to identify students who may need support. Given that there will be an urgent need for intensive catch-up teaching when students do return to school, the optimum situation would be that the “right teacher is with the right class”. If there are any factors that mitigate against that situation we will try to maintain established class teacher relationships by employing CRTs to replace absent teachers rather than “amalgamating classes”.

 

ONLINE ASSESSMENTS

 

During Week 8 and 9 of this term we will be conducting Online Assessments. The format of these Online Assessments are different to past couple of years. The Online Assessment will start Wednesday 3 June 2020.

  • 7-9 Online Assessment: Maths and English only, 5-10 minutes reading, 60 minutes to “write” and preferably multiple choice.
  • 10 Online Assessment: Maths, Science and English only, 5-10 minutes reading, 60 minutes to “write” and preferably multiple choice or another format that is very simple to mark.
  • Year 11 Unit 1 Online Assessment:  5-10 minutes reading, 60 minutes to “write”, to be run in class, the format of this (i.e. the style of questions) is up to the teacher.
  • Year 12 Unit 3 Online Assessment are recommended but should be run in class time. It is up to the year 12 teacher to make the decision as to how and when these happen. These are not reportable.
  • Online Assessment to be distributed on Microsoft Forms (If you are unsure of creating an MS Form, click (press Ctrl + HERE)

Reporting

  • Online Assessment are reportable and should not be labelled as a CAT, but as “Semester 1 Online Assessment” or “Unit 1 Online Assessment”.
  • Online Assessment should include a performance descriptor and Victorian curriculum level.
  • Semester Reports open on Friday of Week 9 (12 June) and last day of “Online Assessment”.
  • Reports close on Monday of Week 11 (22 June)

Online Assessment Schedule

Online Assessment Schedule

Please note all assessments from 3 June to 5 June will be at home via the Online Platform. There will be NO CLASSES and ALL STUDENTS HAVE ONLINE ASSESSMENTS. The only exception is Year 12’s attending Practise GAT.

 

Practise GAT

 

All Year 12’s will attend school for the practice GAT on 5 June during period 1 and 2. The practise GAT will be marked by a VCAA assessor, providing invaluable feedback. Additional revision has been scheduled to demonstrate to students how to tackle the GAT Writing Component. WHY? The GAT is more important this year, than any other year in terms of statistical moderation. The practise GAT is compulsory for ALL Year 12 students.

 

HELPDESK

 

As we return to onsite learning we would like to ask members of the community to continue to log all ICT issues through our helpdesk at helpdesk@bentleighsc.vic.edu.au 


Please do not attend the ICT office for technical assistance as all students will be turned away and asked to place their request through our helpdesk.


Once the helpdesk request is placed, a member of the ICT team will be in touch to schedule an appointment, if required, to ensure social distancing rules are abided by. We ask that you attend your appointment alone and at the scheduled time. Many issues will be able to be solved remotely.

A reminder that no parents will be allowed to visit the ICT office in line with the Department of Education recommendations and all communication with ICT must be done through the helpdesk or the General Office. 


We thank you for your continued support and understanding.

 

Helene E. Hiotis

Principal

25 May 2020

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