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.