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VICTORIAN DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION – COVID 19 UPDATE
Remote and Flexible learning – July 2021
All students will continue learning from home from 21 – 27 July 2021, except for students in the following categories:
- Children where both parents and or carers are considered authorised workers who cannot work from home, work for an essential provider and where no other supervision arrangements can be made:
- Where there are two parents/carers, both must be essential workers, working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision.
- For single parents/ carers, the essential worker must be working outside the home in order for their children to be eligible for on-site provision.
Current advice around ‘vulnerability’ remains the same as for the first five days of the lockdown;
- Children experiencing vulnerability, including:
- in out-of-home care
- deemed vulnerable by a government agency, funded family or family violence service, and assessed as requiring education and care outside the family home
- identified by a school or early childhood service as vulnerable, (including via referral from a government agency, or funded family or family violence service, homeless or youth justice service or mental health or other health service)
In addition to the above see the following advice regarding students with disability:
- Where a parent/carer indicates that a student with a disability is vulnerable because they cannot learn from home, and/or informs the school the student is vulnerable due to family stress, the school must provide on-site supervision for that student. This may apply to students enrolled in specialist schools and students with a disability enrolled in mainstream schools.
- Schools should make the updated on-site attendance form available to parents/carers who require on-site learning for their child/ren.
The on-site attendance form (attached) has been changed slightly so parents can state if their child will be attending on-site learning rather than ‘requesting’ on-site learning.
All specialist school staff will be required to be available to work on-site, except those medically vulnerable, whereas ‘willing and able’ will continue to apply to mainstream school staff.
The Department’s COVID-19 hotline
As before the Department’s COVID-19 hotline is open 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday and will not be open on the weekend at this point in time. I will let you know if this changes.
Ask questions about COVID-19 and education settings by calling 1800 338 663, 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). If you need an interpreter, call 131 450 first
Quick guides for schools and parents/carers
I have also attached the updated quick guides for schools and parents/carers of students with disability. Feel free to distribute through your networks. The link to these resources is here:
The Department landing page – students with disability resources: https://www2.education.vic.gov.au/pal/students-disability/resources
Direct link to attached Quick guides:
Quick guide for teachers: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/PAL/students-disability-quick-guide-teachers-school-staff.docx
Quick guide for parents: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/PAL/students-disability-quick-guide-parents-carers.docx
I CAN WEBINARS AND INSIGHTS
We share our Autistic insights through personal stories and professional development. Worldwide, we offer free webinars and online resources via our newsletter and social media pages. Since 2016, we have been running an annual campaign called Humans on the Autism Spectrum, through which we celebrate the personal stories and insights of Autistics in our network. In 2020, we are proud to have partnered with the National Disability Insurance Scheme to deliver Humans on the Autism Spectrum: School Leavers.
You can also preview our series of seven webinars with accompanying tip sheets produced by Autistic young adults in our team – covering topics such as navigating young adult life; Autism and common co-occuring conditions like ADHD, anxiety and dyslexia; identifying as Autistic and LGBTIQA+; developing advocacy skills and more. We are so grateful to the Derpartment of Health and Human Services (Vic) for valuing Autistic voices and helping us deliver these insights to Autistic young people. We value your feedback. Click on this link to fill out a short EVALUATION FORM. Thank you for feedback and support.
HOW TO ACCESS I CAN PROGRAMS
We are very proud to be a national leader in providing Autistic-led mentoring (school-based and online) to Autistic young people in Australia, providing meaningful insights through our speakers and Autistic-informed professional development workshops. Here is a brief overview of our cornerstone programs and how families and schools can access them.
WEBINAR – I CAN CEO/Founder Chris Varney and three I CAN Mentors; Sam Rose, Caitlin Downie Kempson & James Cifuentes – provide details about four key Autistic-led services which we provide and how families and schools can access these programs in Australia.
NAVIGATING HIGH SCHOOL #1: TIPS FOR PARENTS AND CARERS OF AUTISTIC STUDENTS
Starting high school and navigating that journey is a major milestone which can be challenging for both the Autistic student and their family. The below tips (not exhaustive) reflect input from a team of Autistic young adults, along with Autistic and non-Autistic parents and teachers of Autistic high school students.
WEBINAR – Featuring I CAN Network CEO Chris Varney and his Mum Lisa Anderson. This webinar is the first of a series of seven videos to deliver insights for Autistic young people navigating high school.
NAVIGATING HIGH SCHOOL #2: TIPS FOR AUTISTIC STUDENTS FROM AUTISTIC ADULTS
Starting high school and navigating that journey is a major milestone which can be challenging for both the Autistic student and their family. These below tips reflect input from a team of Autistic young adults, along with Autistic and non-Autistic parents and teachers of Autistic high school students.
WEBINAR – Navigating high school. Authentic, heartfelt advice from four I CAN mentors – Patrick, Kyal, Caitlin and Jarod, who all graduated within the past few years.
LGBTIQA+ & AUTISTIC TIPS FROM YOUNG ADULTS
It is not uncommon for Autistics to also identify as LGBTIQA+. Young adult members of our I CAN team who have this lived experience offer their support and resources for young people who are forming their own identities and advice for the adults in their lives. Read our Tip Sheet or watch the Webinar discussion below.
WEBINAR – Hear from I CAN Autistic and LGBTIQA+ team members; Sam, Christian and Shadia who offer authentic advice for like minded teens and young adults.
We are so grateful to the Department of Health and Human Services (Vic) for valuing Autistic voices and helping us deliver these insights to Autistic young people. We value your feedback. Click on this link to fill out a short EVALUATION FORM. Thank you for feedback and support.
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