Update School Closure Indefinite – 12th August 2020

Letter for Parents and Carers
 
Dear parents, carers and students,
 
As you are aware, Lalor North Secondary College was advised of a reported case of coronavirus (COVID-19) and was closed for 24 hours from 11 August 2020 as a precautionary measure.
 
This case has been reported to the Department of Education and Training (DET), and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is currently undertaking further investigation.
 
The school will now remain closed from 11 August 2020 until advised otherwise.
 
While DHHS conducts further investigation, all students and staff must remain at home. This includes limiting movements to home-based activities and not attending public places.
 
DHHS will work with your school to identify and notify any staff and students identified as having been in close contact with the person who has tested positive to coronavirus (COVID-19), providing further advice as required. At this stage staff and students do not need to seek testing unless they develop symptoms.
 
To slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Stage 3 restrictions now apply for regional and rural Victoria and Stage 4 restrictions now apply for metropolitan Melbourne.
 
All schools across Victoria will return to remote and flexible learning, for all year levels, except for specialist schools in rural and regional Victoria, for the rest of Term 3.
 
Face coverings are compulsory for all Victorians over the age of 12. The exception to this is students over the age of 12 attending primary school, who are not required to wear a face covering while at school. Further information on the use of face coverings in schools can be found on the DHHS website.
 
More information
I am very aware that this is a time of heightened anxiety for us all. The people best placed to answer your questions are the DET staff who are supporting us.
 
You can contact DET staff on the coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 338 663, 8am to 6pm, seven days a week, with any other questions you may have.
 
For school information in your language, call TIS National on 131 450. Please ask them to call the DET coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 338 663 and they will help interpret.
 
For health advice in other languages visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au.
 
There are also resources and supports available on DET’s coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for parents, carers and guardians page.
 
Thank you for your support, and I will provide further information as soon as I receive any updates.
Vicki Watson
Principal

Lalor North Secondary College

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