Schools have received further guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services in regards to visits to schools from incoming Foundation/Prep students and their parents.
Schools within Melbourne are not currently able to hold any visits (tours, orientation sessions etc) for incoming students or families under the current Roadmap Step we are in, the Second Step.
If we (Melbourne) progress to the Roadmap Third Step, this will be determined on the 19th of October, visits to schools by small groups of incoming Foundation/Prep students and their parents will be permitted.
These visits will be limited to no more than 5 children, each with one parent to visit one Foundation staff member. These restrictions, whenever we reach the Roadmap Third Step, do change our proposed plans for our Orientation Sessions.
We are very eager to be able to welcome our incoming students and families to our school and will be modifying our proposed plans once we reach the Roadmap Third Step.
If we reach this Third Step on the 19th of October, we are planning to conduct 30 minute meet and greet sessions with incoming Foundation students, their parents and Foundation teachers. These sessions are planned to take place on Wednesday the 21st and Thursday the 22nd of October. We will be contacting families next week to discuss meet and greet times for each 2021 foundation student.
Restrictions due to COVID-19 can change quicker than expected and we will keep everyone updated.
Once we reach the Roadmap Third Step, we will also be inviting 2021 Foundation students and families to visit the school individually, I am very conscious that some of you have not properly visited our school or it may have been over 6 months since you have visited.
We will also be visiting kindergartens and childcare centres, creating videos of our classrooms once students resume next week and being as innovative as possible to provide you all with the most comprehensive orientation experience available during these challenging COVID times.
I have also created a new page on our school’s website, 2021 Foundation, https://www.reservoirviewsps.vic.edu.au/about-3
We will use this page to communicate everything about starting at Reservoir Views in 2021, add resources, links to videos we create, updates on COVID restrictions etc
Please check this page as it will be updated on a regular basis.
I also want to stress that if you have any questions, concerns, ideas, anything; please call or email.
The current advice is below:
Visits to schools
Visits to schools by small groups of incoming Foundation children and their parents will be permitted under the Roadmap Third Step.
Visits to schools are not permitted under the Roadmap Second Step.
Under the Roadmap Third Step (metropolitan and regional/rural), a small group of incoming Foundation children (no more than 5 children, each with one parent) will be permitted to visit one Foundation teacher at the school site to support the transition of children into Prep in 2021. No intermixing with other children at the school is permitted as part of the visits. Schools will only be allowed to have one small group visit the school at any one time (i.e. there may not be multiple groups of 10 visiting the school at the same time).
Further details on the requirements of these visits is being confirmed with the Department of Health and Human Services and additional advice will be provided to schools early in Term 4.