2020 Virtual Tour
2020 Virtual Open Night
DROMANA RETURN TO SCHOOL GUIDE
REMOTE LEARNING - BUSES
The changes are very minimal however please be aware that some bus routes have been combined. This may have slightly altered the times at which a bus arrives at a particular stop. No bus stops have been removed from the timetable. The times at which the buses depart the College in the afternoon are located in the top left hand corner of the bus route. The bus will then run in the opposite direction to the morning route (i.e. the last stop in the morning will become the first stop in the afternoon).
Please read over the attached bus timetable carefully to ensure you and your child are confident with the bus travel times if this service is or is going to be used throughout term 2.
College Remote Learning Plan
Message from Principal
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thank you again for your patience and support as Dromana College transitions to remote learning. This is certainly a new dimension to learning and it is important that we all do our best. I also want to take this opportunity to thank all our front line workers and our essential service workers for the amazing work you are all doing on behalf of our community, thank you!
There is a lot we are going to learn over the coming weeks, and it is equally important that we don’t overwhelm you or your children. All families should have received a hard copy in the mail of the Dromana College Remote Learning Plan sent two weeks ago. Additional copies are available by contacting the college office on Tuesday 14 April (ph. 5987 2805). A copy will also be placed on the College website.
Dromana College received direction from the Department of Education and Training (DET) on Thursday. It is clear that instructional learning of students commences on Wednesday 15th April. This learning will be in a remote learning environment meaning “all students who can learn from home must learn at home”. Making this transition is understandably going to be challenging for us all.
Many of our staff have already placed lessons and resources online for students and I have found it incredibly rewarding to be reading, watching the instructional videos and having a go at the resources created/updated in the last week of Term 1 that are being uploaded onto “Compass” in readiness for our whole school move to remote learning in Term 2. Your children’s teachers are doing a great job.
We fully appreciate that not all children will be able to work from home due to care and supervision issues. In these circumstances Dromana College is here to support all students of the following categories when they are not able to study at home:
On days when students cannot be supervised at home and no other arrangements can be made, the College will provide supervised work spaces for children of parents who cannot work from home, this includes essential service workers, and the following:
- children in out-of-home care
- children deemed by Child Protection and/or Family Services to be at risk of harm
- children identified by the school as vulnerable (including via referral from a family violence agency, homelessness or youth justice service or mental health or other health service and children with a disability).
Sometimes learning requirements cannot be conducted via distance. Therefore at the teacher’s direction small groups of VCE and VCAL students will be permitted to attend school, with appropriate physical distancing and hygiene measures in place. Students will be notified by their teacher if they are required to attend classes at school.
BUS TRANSPORT SYSTEM
The Dromana College bus system will continue to operate, transporting students to and from school. Students will not be able to come and go throughout the day. Unwell students must not attend school.
ATTENDANCE IN REMOTE LEARNING
Teachers will be marking attendance on Compass as normal. If your child is going to be absent from remote learning please call the Dromana College absence line to record the absence (ph. 5984 7177).
ACCESS TO COMPUTER DEVICES AND INTERNET
Dromana College has begun the process of contacting students and families who may lack computers or internet connections. This contact will continue in the first week of Term 2 to determine if your child needs access to the internet, or borrow a laptop or tablet. We have a limited number of devices that we can lend out and we have prioritised students completing a VCE or VCAL subject followed by junior students who are disadvantaged.
Available devices will be distributed on the basis of need commencing the second week of Term 2.
Dromana College will be mailing hard copies of lessons and resources to students in Years 7 – 10 who have identified as not having computer access, or you could collect these lessons and resources with prior notice from the College administration office. Completed tasks can be returned in the same way.
Students who have left books and work materials in their lockers can collect these on Tuesday April 14. Physical distancing must be observed and only students will be allowed in the locker areas.
When you start to think about helping your child to learn from home, remember that no one expects you to be a subject matter expert or teacher. The most important thing you can do is continue to provide comfort, support and encouragement to your child, in addition to a suitable learning space. It would be beneficial if you can ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for school, has eaten breakfast and is prepared to start their classes on time. At times in specialist programs such as Health and Physical Education and Food Technology including food preparation your child will require your supervision and permission to participate.
Please don’t hesitate to contact the college should you have any concerns.
Take care and stay safe.
DHHS - CORONAVIRUS FACT SHEET
SCHOOL LAPTOP PROGRAM
At Dromana College we offer a successful 1:1 Laptop program for our Students. All students throughout the school are required to have a computer as a tool for learning. Our aim is to make this possible for all families at Dromana College.
Parents may choose BYOD (Bring your Own Device from Home) or to order through our Laptop Purchase Portal organised by Technology Company EduNET.
Currently, our preferred device will be:
- Lenovo Yoga 11e 5th Generation (Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD).
The Lenovo Yoga 11e has been our staple student device for the last 4 years. It has a touch screen and is sufficient for all areas of student learning across our College.
For 2020 there will be:
- School Standard Bundle: This will include 3 years’ worth of Warranty, Bag and Eduskin.
- Custom Bundle: Families are able to choose their own options including insurance and additional accessories.
SCHOOL ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS
Dromana College is offering alternative options for the first time. We have two options for parents to choose from.
- Apple Macbook Air Retina (Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD).
The Macbook Air Retina is an entry model into the Apple range and is a great alternative for students or families who would prefer a Mac Computer.
- Lenovo Thinkpad L390 (Core i5, 8GB, 256GB SSD with Tablet Mode)
The Thinkpad L390 is a model that has higher specifications to the Yoga 11e, for students who wish to use their devices for specialty programs in our curriculum.
Parents who purchase a computer through an outside supplier or bring their own device:
- Minimum Specifications (Core i3, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD running Windows 10 or Apple MacOS 10.13+)
- The College Technicians can fix Software related issues (Viruses, Problematic Software) with these devices.
- The College Technicians cannot fix any hardware related issues, they need to be logged with the manufacturer.
- Software is available through the School’s Technology Portal for installation onto these devices.
Please note: Windows 10 Home or Professional is our preferred Operating System. If purchasing from a retailer, please ask for Home or Professional Version. Windows 10 S-Mode does not meet school requirements.
WARRANTY AND INSURANCE BUNDLES
To ensure successful use of Technology in the College we have ensured that all Laptop purchases through our Portal are covered with 3 years’ worth of Warranty as standard. Parents may purchase 3 years of Insurance with any selection as well as part of the purchase process.
If purchased in Year 7, this will cover the device until the start of Year 10. A $75 excess is applied to any Insurance requests and this will cover accidental damage or theft. Warranty is applied if there is a fault with the computer, this is covered for free. All Warranty and Insurance cases are logged through the College’s Operations Team.
HOW TO PURCHASE
The EduNET Technology Portal is now open:
Access Code: DC2020
Purchasing accessories for your device is also available through Dromana College. Students misplace their charger, bag or any other accessory, the school has signed up for the EduNET Accessories Portal to be available for parents and students to order a replacement. It will be delivered to the school and a text message can be arranged once delivery has been complete. Alternatively, you can personally visit the I.T Operations Team at the school.