COVID Updates

Current Update - 02/09/2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that all schools will continue in their current period of remote and flexible learning until the end of Term 3.
All schools will continue to provide remote and flexible learning materials for all students, and on-site care and supervision for vulnerable students and children of authorised workers.

To help slow the spread of the virus, we need your support in complying with the ongoing restrictions and helping our public health team get ahead of the virus. This includes a recommendation to get vaccinated at the earliest possible time, when eligible. I also encourage you to consider the information on the Coronavirus Victoria webpage regarding COVID-19 vaccines.

We request parents, carers and families continue to do the right thing by following all health directives. This includes making careful and supportive choices about accessing on-site supervision at school. All previous conditions, including the requirements for authorised workers to have authorised worker permits to attend workplaces, continue to be in place.

Parents and carers can only request on-site supervision at school for their child/ren in the below categories.

On-site supervision

Category A

Children where both parents and or carers are considered authorised workers who cannot work from home, work for an authorised provider and where no other supervision arrangements can be made. Where there are two parents/carers, both must be authorised workers, working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision at school.

For single parents/ carers, the authorised worker must be working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision at school. Parents and carers who are authorised workers will need an authorised worker permit from their employers to access on-site supervision for their child/ren in Category A.

For those requesting on-site learning under Category A, a copy of your authorised worker permit or permits must be submitted to our school as soon as practicable after it is issued.

Category B

Children experiencing vulnerability, including:

  • in out-of-home care

  • deemed vulnerable by a government agency, funded family or family violence service, and assessed as requiring education and care outside the family home

  • identified by a school or early childhood service as vulnerable, (including via referral from a government agency, or funded family or family violence service, homeless or youth justice service or mental health or other health services)

  • where a parent/carer indicates that a student with a disability is vulnerable because they cannot learn from home, and/or informs the school the student is vulnerable due to family stress, the school must provide on-site supervision for that student. This may apply to students enrolled in specialist schools and students with a disability enrolled in mainstream schools.

An authorised worker permit is not required for accessing on-site supervision under Category B.

When a permit is not required

In rare circumstances, a parent/carer does not need a worker permit. This includes law enforcement, emergency services or health care workers who carry employer-issued photographic identification. More information is available at Authorised provider and authorised worker permit.

Face masks

Based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the following requirements for wearing a face mask apply to all schools.

It is now recommended primary-school-age children wear masks while indoors and outdoors, except when in the home or when an exception applies. However, it is not mandatory.

School staff and secondary school students aged 12 or older must always wear a face mask indoors and outdoors at school, including when attending an Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) program, unless a lawful exception applies. This includes while travelling to and from school on public transport and when in taxis or ride-share vehicles.

For communication purposes, teachers and education support staff are not required to wear face masks while teaching, but it is recommended that they wear face masks while teaching wherever practicable.

Support resources

I know this may well be a challenging time. There are supports available, which include:

As part of the phased COVID-19 vaccination rollout, more Victorian parents, carers, and students are now able to receive COVID-19 vaccines.

With more appointments now available over the next two weeks, we encourage you to book your vaccine through  Victorian Government’s COVID-19 vaccine online booking system.

For more information about eligibility, refer to coronavirus.vic.gov.au or use the Australian Government’s COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker.

I trust our school community will ensure we do the right thing at this time, by complying with the restrictions in place and making careful and supportive decisions that limit movement through the community.

Thank you again, for supporting your child’s learning during this time.

Please contact me on (03) 5381 1475 with any questions.

Thanks,
Ben Tait (Acting Principal)

Past Update - 23/08/2021

Dear Parents,

Due to the ongoing level of community transmission of coronavirus in Victoria, the Victorian Government announced changes to current restrictions across Victoria until 11:59 pm, Thursday 2 September.

All regional schools will move back to remote and flexible learning from Monday 23 August, which means all students at our school will learn from home, until Thursday 2 September inclusive. There will be no remote and flexible learning provided on Monday 23 August to enable teachers to prepare for the transition to remote learning. However, regional schools will provide on-site care and supervision for vulnerable students and children of authorised workers on Monday 23 August.

To help slow the spread of the virus, we need your support in complying with the new strengthened restrictions and helping our public health team to get ahead of this virus.

We request parents, carers and families continue to do the right thing by following all health directives. This includes making careful and supportive choices about accessing on-site supervision at school.

On-site supervision

From Monday 23 August, under the new strengthened restrictions in place across Victoria, an authorised worker permit will be required for authorised workers to attend a workplace.

This also means that from Monday, parents and carers can only request on-site supervision at school for their child/ren in the below categories.

Category A

Children where both parents and or carers are considered authorised workers who cannot work from home, work for an authorised provider and where no other supervision arrangements can be made. Where there are two parents/carers, both must be authorised workers, working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision at school.

For single parents/ carers, the authorised worker must be working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision at school. Parents and carers who are authorised workers will need an authorised worker permit from their employers to access on-site supervision for their child/ren in Category A.

For those requesting on-site learning under Category A, a copy of your authorised worker permit or permits must be submitted to our school as soon as practicable after it is issued.

Category B

Children experiencing vulnerability, including:

  • in out-of-home care

  • deemed vulnerable by a government agency, funded family or family violence service, and assessed as requiring education and care outside the family home

  • identified by a school or early childhood service as vulnerable, (including via referral from a government agency, or funded family or family violence service, homeless or youth justice service or mental health or other health services)

  • where a parent/carer indicates that a student with a disability is vulnerable because they cannot learn from home, and/or informs the school the student is vulnerable due to family stress, the school must provide on-site supervision for that student. This may apply to students enrolled in specialist schools and students with a disability enrolled in mainstream schools.

An authorised worker permit is not required for accessing on-site supervision under Category B.

When a permit is not required

In rare circumstances, a parent/carer does not need a worker permit. This includes law enforcement, emergency services or health care workers who carry employer-issued photographic identification. More information is available at Authorised provider and authorised worker permit.

Face masks

Based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the following requirements for wearing a face mask apply to all schools.

It is now recommended primary-school-age children wear masks while indoors and outdoors, except when in the home or when an exception applies. However, it is not mandatory.

School staff and secondary school students aged 12 or older must always wear a face mask indoors and outdoors at school, including when attending an Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) program, unless a lawful exception applies. This includes while travelling to and from school on public transport and when in taxis or ride-share vehicles.

For communication purposes, teachers and education support staff are not required to wear face masks while teaching, but it is recommended that they wear face masks while teaching wherever practicable.

Support resources

I know this may well be a challenging time. There are supports available, which include:

As part of the phased COVID-19 vaccination rollout, more Victorian parents, carers, and students are now able to receive COVID-19 vaccines.

With more appointments now available over the next two weeks, we encourage you to book your vaccine through  Victorian Government’s COVID-19 vaccine online booking system.

For more information about eligibility, refer to coronavirus.vic.gov.au or use the Australian Government’s COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker.

I trust our school community will ensure we do the right thing at this time, by complying with the restrictions in place and making careful and supportive decisions that limit movement through the community.

Thank you again, for supporting your child’s learning during this time.

Please contact me on (03) 5381 1475 with any questions.

Thanks,
Ben Tait (Acting Principal)

Past Update - 09/08/2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

Today the Victorian Government made announcements in relation to arrangements for schools in Regional Victoria.
Based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer,
all Regional Victorian schools will return to onsite learning from tomorrow, Tuesday 10th August.

We will be returning to face-to-face learning.
Buses and Taxis will be running as normal.

Thank you for your continued support over the lockdown period.
We look forward to seeing all students back at Horsham Special School tomorrow, Tuesday 10th August.

Thanks,
Ben Tait (Acting Principal)

Past Update - 05/08/2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

Today the Victorian Government made announcements in relation to arrangements for schools in Victoria from Friday 6th August through to and including Thursday 12th August.

Based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, all Victorian schools will commence remote and flexible learning, at this stage until Thursday 12th August.

Our school will continue to provide on-site supervision for students in the following categories:

  • Children where both parents and or carers are considered authorised workers who cannot work from home, work for an essential provider and where no other supervision arrangements can be made:

    • where there are two parents/carers, both must be authorised workers, working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision.

    • for single parents/ carers, the authorised worker must be working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision.

  • Children experiencing vulnerability, including:

    • in out-of-home care.

    • deemed vulnerable by a government agency, funded family or family violence service, and assessed as requiring education and care outside the family home.

    • identified by a school or early childhood service as vulnerable, (including via referral from a government agency, or funded family or family violence service, homeless or youth justice service or mental health or other health services).

    • where a parent/carer indicates that a student with a disability is vulnerable because they cannot learn from home, and/or informs the school the student is vulnerable due to family stress. This may apply to students enrolled in specialist schools and students with a disability enrolled in mainstream schools.

I will continue to keep you updated with information as it is made available. Thank you for your continued support.

Thanks,
Ben Tait (Acting Principal)