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Return to School at Oakwood School Announcement


Dear parents and carers

Thank you for all your support during these past few weeks of remote and flexible learning.

Following advice from the Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has advised that schools can begin a phased return to on-site schooling. For secondary schools, in the first stage, students in senior secondary (Year 11 and 12 VCAL and VCE) students will return to school from Tuesday 26 May.

To support all school staff to prepare for this transition, Monday 25 May will be a pupil-free day.

In the second stage of our return to on-site schooling, all other year levels will return to school from Tuesday 9 June.

For those students who cannot be supervised at home and vulnerable children, the existing model of on-site schooling will remain in place during the two-week period from Tuesday 26 May to Tuesday 9 June. The current process that we are using to enable parents and carers to indicate the days or
part-days for which on-site schooling is required will continue for this two-week period.

All other students in these year levels will continue learning from home until Tuesday 9 June.

Once a year level has returned, all students will be expected to attend school as normal. This means if you choose to keep your child/children home after their year level has returned to on-site schooling, we can no longer support their learning from home. This does not apply to children who need to be absent for health or medical reasons. For those families, please contact us so we can make an appropriate plan.

This same approach is being taken by all government schools in Victoria.

To support the health and wellbeing of all our students and staff, our school will continue an enhanced cleaning routine and will encourage frequent hand washing.

If your child is ill or is feeling unwell, they must not attend school. They must remain home and seek medical advice.

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. This will apply until further notice. Important to note that changes will include:

• restrictions on access to the school site for anyone other than immediate school staff and students;
• the way we conduct meetings and interviews.

If you have a need to come into the school, please telephone to discuss this so that appropriate arrangements can be made. For the time being care-team meetings, student support meetings, parent-teacher interviews and student induction meetings and interviews will meet physical distancing requirements of 1.5m between adults, or else be replaced with virtual alternatives.


We understand that some families may feel anxious about this move back to classroom teaching and learning. I am assured that this decision has been taken on the basis of the best health advice available to our state.

If your child has been loaned a school laptop or iPad, could you please ask them to bring this back when they return to school. Students should bring their own drink bottle which will be able to be refilled at school. This will avoid the spread of germs from sharing drinking taps. Students will not have access to staff rooms and kitchens.

More information about the return to school and coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the
Department’s website, which will continue to be updated:


Thank you for your continued support and patience during this time. We look forward to welcoming our students back to the classroom.

Yours sincerely

David Roycroft