Coronavirus Update from John Cortese 8 July 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

 “Grant that I might so much seek to understand as to be understood.”

St. Francis of Assisi

Yesterday Premier Daniel Andrews announced the latest COVID – 19 restrictions primarily for Metropolitan Melbourne. He also announced that term 2 school holiday break will be extended by 5 days. For students in regional and rural Victoria, including Sandhurst Diocese, and more specifically Notre Dame College, classes will resume as planned next week.

The announcement of an extra 5 days added to the State’s gazetted holidays does not impact Notre Dame College. Monday 13th July is a pupil free day, which has been on the College calendar since the beginning of this year. Students return to Notre Dame College on Tuesday 14th July 2020.

The Premier referred to the fact that the government is looking at the current COVID-19 situation in terms of a return to onsite learning in term three. The extra 5 days of holidays allows more time to consider the situation and plan for an appropriate course of action.

We will continue to communicate and update you with any further information as soon as it come to hand.

Key Points from Premier Andrews Media Conference yesterday

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced further restrictions which come into place today (Wednesday 8th July) at 11:59pm and remain for a period of six weeks. These new Stage 3 restrictions will apply to metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire. For citizens within the stated regions, only 4 reasons exist for leaving home:

  • Shopping for food and essential items
  • Care and caregiving
  • Daily exercise
  • Work & study (if cannot be done from home)

For education:

  • All Year 11 and 12 students in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will commence Term 3 as planned.
  • All students in Prep – Year 10 in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will have an extended holiday period of one week.
  • A return to remote learning remains a possibility.
  • For students in regional and rural Victoria, including Sandhurst Diocese, classes will resume as planned next week.

This is a difficult time for all communities, and we pray that those experiencing difficulty and hardship throughout this pandemic are finding comfort somewhere through a support system.

Please enjoy the remaining holiday period with your family and stay safe

Continue to take care of yourselves and your children.

Keep well,

Keep safe,

Regards,

John Cortese 

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