Announcement, 12 May 2020

I am writing to follow-up on the announcement from the Victorian State Premier earlier today which states:

…From Tuesday 26 May, all Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students, specialist school students, as well as VCE and VCAL students will return to on-site learning at government schools. The next fortnight, and a pupil free day at all schools on 25 May, will give staff, schools and families time to prepare for the change.
Vulnerable students in years 3 to 10, and children in those years whose parents or carers cannot work from home, can continue to attend school on-site as needed during this period.
Students in the broader year 3 to 10 cohort will continue to learn remotely until Tuesday 9 June, to give the Government and the Chief Health Officer time to monitor and evaluate the effects that the return to school by other year levels has on the increased movement of people and transmission within the community…
…Schools will be encouraged to implement a staggered drop-off system to reduce the number of adults congregating outside the school at any one time, as well as staggered break times to manage the number of students mixing across year levels. Schools will also implement social distancing measures for all adults.
The strict health protocols that are already in place will be followed if a member of the school community tests positive for coronavirus.

The full statement is available here.

The Melbourne Grammar staff and I, in conjunction with the School Council, will now consider the best arrangements for the return to on-campus learning for our students in light of the parameters outlined by the Premier.

The health and wellbeing of our students and staff continue to be our highest priority. We will continue to follow advice from the State Government and Chief Medical Officer in relation to this issue.

The School Executive team has already commenced modelling various scenarios for a return to on-campus learning. Now that we have clarification about this matter from the Victorian Government, we will continue to make plans so that the transition to on campus learning will be as smooth as possible. We will consider learning programs, cocurricular activities, boarding and catering, as well as social distancing and other health and safety practices.

Please understand this will take time. We will continue to keep you informed.

In the meantime, we are confident that our students will continue to be well supported through their off-campus learning programs.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in these challenging and unique circumstances.

Philip Grutzner