Dear parents and carers and students,
Our school has been advised of a reported case of coronavirus (COVID-19).
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.
As a precautionary measure, Lalor North Secondary College will be closed for 24 hours initially, or until we receive advice it can re-open. The school will be closed to all students, staff and members of the community.
During the initial closure period, all students and staff must remain at home while DHHS undertakes contact tracing. This includes limiting movements to home-based activities and not attending public places.
We will provide further information following confirmation of advice from DHHS.
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 have returned to remote and flexible learning, for all year levels, except for specialist school students 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.
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 them on the coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 338 663, 8am to 6pm, seven days a week.
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.
A number of resources can also be found 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.
Lalor North Secondary College