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COVID-19 Term 1 Update 01

By Nick Lawrence COVID-19 Response 14/01/2022

SA Government announcement and plans for the start of TVCS school year

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Yesterday SA Premier, Steven Marshall, announced that South Australian schools will have a staged return to school for
the first two weeks of 2022.

In an attempt to balance the educational needs of children with safety and risk management concerns, the plan has
been developed in partnership with SA health and prioritises face-to-face learning for a number of age groups.

The plan prioritises face-to-face learning for preschool children, Reception and Year 1 students. Year 2 through to
Year 6 students will learn online during the first two weeks of Term 1.

As 2022 is the first of secondary school for Year 7 and 8 students, and an important final year for Year 12 students –
these students will learn face-to-face. Year 9, 10 and 11 students will learn online.

All year levels are planned to be back in school, learning face-to-face on Monday 14 February 2022.

Start of school arrangements for Torrens Valley Christian School

In line with these announcements, TVCS will offer a staged return to school for students.

As from Wednesday 2 February 2022:

  • Students in Reception and Years 1, 7, 8 and 12 will commence face-to-face learning on site.
  • Students in Years 2 to 6 and Years 9 to 11 students will learn from home through our remote learning program, TVCS School at Home.

It is envisaged that all year levels will be learning face-to-face as from Monday 14 February 2022.

Preparation days

Monday 31 January and Tuesday 1 February will be preparation days. The preparation days are for teachers and
school staff to prepare for the change to the start to the school year. A learning program will not be delivered on these
days.

Parents who are required to attend work and do not have appropriate supervision for their children can choose to
send their child to school to be supervised on the preparation days.

In order to ensure we have appropriate staffing and supervision, we will be providing you with a link to a form shortly.

Camp Australia have advised that the OSHC service will operate as normal for children of essential workers. Should
families require Outside School Hours Care, visit the Camp Australia Parent Portal to book care as you need it.

Remote learning: TVCS School at Home

TVCS will provide a quality remote learning program, TVCS School at Home, for all students in Years 2 to 6 and
Years 9 to 11. Students in other year levels will learn at school.

Parents who are required to attend work and do not have appropriate supervision for their child can choose to send
their child to school. Supervision will be provided for those students to complete the remote learning program.
Specific details regarding TVCS School at Home, will be sent to you via our Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning, Emily Brookes in due course. This information will include Canvas login details.

Arrangements will be made for families to collect materials in the lead-up to the school year. We will be in contact with you as further information comes to hand.

Face-to-face learning on site

Face-to-face learning will be provided for all Reception, Year 1, Year 7, Year 8 and Year 12 students.

Some parents may choose to keep their children, in these year levels, home from school or children may be in isolation. Specific school based remote learning will not be provided for these students.

Arrangements will be reviewed regularly in line with the advice of Government and health authorities and in line with changing needs. We will be in contact with you as further information comes to hand.

More information to come

Detailed information will be provided next week.

In summary, as we prepare for these new developments, we ask that you: •Make arrangements appropriate to your child’s year level, prior to the commencement of school on Wednesday 2nd February.

  • Advise the school if you will need to have your child on site on Monday 31 January and / or Tuesday1 February 2022. (Using the link you will receive next week.)
  • Talk about the situation with your children, including the challenges and opportunities that this may provide for them as learners.
  • Prepare effective learning spaces at home and consider how you will provide appropriate supervision and support for your children as they engage in online and remote learning.
  • Equip yourselves and your children to maintain communication and connection with staff members who will be proactively allocating time for this to take place on a regular basis.

We appreciate your support and understanding in observing these important reminders and helping us ensure the wellbeing of our community as we work together.

As we continue in this unprecedented time of change in our nation as a result of COVID-19, please know that you and your family are uppermost in my heart and prayers. The health and wellbeing of your family is my first priority and I wish to assure you that strong measures are in place to care for the wellbeing of your family.

As Christians, we are reminded of the supremacy of our God over all things. God is our refuge, our hope, our anchor and our loving Father. And it is in these times, we draw close to Him, trusting the One who is victorious over all.

As we face these days ahead, God reminds us in the words from Matthew 11: 28 – 30 ,“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers as we walk this journey together.

We are monitoring the updates from the Premier and will keep you informed of any changes as they come to hand.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have further queries via our designated email address COVID19@tvcs.sa.edu.au

Yours in Christ’s service,

Julie Prattis
Principal

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