COMMUNITY NOTICE: COVID-19
Dear Families, Monday, 3rd August 2020
Yesterday, the Victorian Government announced that, on
the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, regional and rural Victoria
will move to Stage 3 restrictions and metropolitan Melbourne will move to Stage
4 restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
As outlined in the Chief Health Officer’s advice on Friday, schools remain safe places for staff and students – but these steps are critical measures to reduce the movement of students and families across the state.
There are implications for schools our school, and for families in our school community. A summary of what the changes mean for schools in Rural and Regional Victoria is below.
RURAL AND REGIONAL VICTORIA
· Prep to Year 10 students will move to remote and
· On-site supervision in rural and regional
Victoria will be available to:
o Children whose parents cannot work from home
o Vulnerable children
o Any child with a disability
· All Year 11 and 12 provision for both VCE and
VCAL will move to remote and flexible learning.
· The GAT will be rescheduled from Wednesday 9 September
to Wednesday 7 October.
· The schedule for the VCE examinations and
release of results will remain as previously advised.
· Further information about consideration of
disadvantage and coronavirus (COVID-19) will be provided shortly.
· Any child enrolled in a specialist school in rural and regional Victoria will be
able to continue to attend.
· Any parent of a child enrolled in a specialist school in rural and regional
Victoria who wishes to keep their child at home can do so, and where possible,
the school can provide learning materials and activities for the child and
their parent to complete at home.
· Tuesday4 August will be a student-free day across Victoria (including special schools)
· Wednesday 5 August will be the first day of new arrangements for schools across Victoria,
however Belvoir Special School will continue to operate as normal.
FACE MASKS and BELVOIR SCHOOL
Friday 31st July 2020
Dear Students and Families,
Yesterday, Premier Daniel Andrews announced that face coverings will be compulsory for all Victorians from midnight Sunday 2nd August. To ensure the safety of our students and staff, Belvoir Special School will be following Department of Education guidelines and the below will be put in place:
Do students with a disability need to wear a mask?
Students who are enrolled in a specialist school are not required to wear a face covering inside or outside school but may do so if they or their family choose to. Students are not required to wear a face covering where their disability means it would not be suitable.
- Students have been provided with a student identity card to prove that they are enrolled in Belvoir Special School
Do students, parents/carers and school staff have to wear masks in the car?
If you are driving alone or only travelling with people from your household, you do not need to wear a face covering. You should put your face covering on before you leave your vehicle or if you wind down the window to talk to someone. If you are driving with people for work or people you don’t live with then you must wear a face covering. You must wear a face covering if you are a passenger or driver in a commercial vehicle such as a taxi or uber
Do school staff need to wear masks when engaged in teaching activities or providing care at school or on the bus to/from school?
It is not compulsory for teachers, educators and carers to wear face coverings while teaching or caring for children as face coverings can interfere with their ability to clearly communicate with students or children in their care. This includes activities in the classroom and out in the yard. Teachers, educators and carers can choose to wear face coverings if they wish when teaching or providing care for children.
Do school staff need to wear masks when they are not engaged in teaching activities or providing care at school?
Teachers, educators and carers must wear face coverings in other areas of the school/ facility when not teaching or providing care (unless lawful exception applies).
Do people with a disability (not enrolled in a special school) have to wear a face covering?
Yes, people with a disability must wear a face covering unless it is impractical or unsafe to do so for medical, communication or other individual risk factors – this does not apply while attending school.
We also remind our community that if you or your child are sick, or have symptoms, stay home from school or work and get tested ASAP. It is everybody’s collective responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our community.
If you have any questions in relation to this please phone the school on 02 6059 8987.
Welcome to Belvoir Special School in Wodonga.
Thank you for visiting our website and taking the time to get to know our school, our staff and the students that we have in our care.
As principal of Belvoir Special School I am extremely proud of the work that we do to educate students with an intellectual disability. We have a professional and committed staff group who strive to create learning environments to suit each of our individual students’ needs. Programs are tailored to focus on student interests and strengths as well as addressing areas of concern.
Staff work in close contact with parents to both set and monitor individual student goals and their implementation and we try to work with families to provide the very best education possible for their children.
Our wonderful new facility has enabled us to increase the range of programs that we offer to students and further work both on this site and in the creation of linkages with other schools in Wodonga will allow these offerings to continue to grow.
Belvoir Special School caters for a diverse range of students from a large geographic area. We have students who travel for 90 minutes on a bus to get to us from Corryong and Mt. Beauty as well as students from Chiltern, Barnawartha, Yackandandah, Tallangatta and the wider Wodonga area. Students who reside in Albury or other NSW towns are also able to apply to come to the school and each of these students will be assessed on an individual basis.
Thank you once again for visiting our website and please feel free to contact the school on (02) 6059 8987 to arrange a tour of the new facility or speak with one of our staff regarding enrolment.
Cass Walters Acting Principal
Brendon Peisley Assistant Principal