Guidelines & FAQ - Return to school

Guidelines & FAQ - Return to school

22 May 2020

Guidelines for Return to Face-to-Face Learning

Please click here to download and view the Ilim College guidelines for return to face-to-face learning.


School Operations

Important: students being supervised at school during Remote Learning:


School Hours are from 8:50am – 2:00pm. We ask all parents to ensure a timely drop off and pick up from the main entrance for Glenroy Campus and Parent Car Park for Dallas Campus.


School Hours are from 9:00am – 2:00pm until further notice.

Kiewa Boys

School Hours are from 9:20am – 2:30pm until further notice.

When will the college commence remote learning for Term 3?

Year 12 student’s commence face to face learning from the 14th of July.

Year 11 student’s commence remote learning from the 14th of July till July 30th. We will review the possibilities of them resuming face to face learning after Eid.

All other year levels will commence remote learning from Monday the 20th of July.

Do I have to send my child to school?

Currently, we are only available to service the children who come from families where both parents are essential workers, additional needs students and vulnerable students.

Will the school be engaging in temperature checks?

Yes, temperature checks will commence for all staff, students, parents and guests that attend campus for the duration of the stay at home restrictions. If it exceeds 37.5 they will not be allowed to enter the school and parents of students will be notified to pick their child up.

Face masks will be provided by the school for all staff and students who wish to wear one.

If a parent or close family member is diagnosed with COVID-19, does the child need to stay home?

It is important that we continue to follow the directions of public health officials for self-isolation.

Parents who want more information should be encouraged to call the National Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 020 080, or visit the Australian Government Department of Health website via this link

Should parents enter schools when they drop off their child? Or should they stay at the gate?

We encourage parents not to go on the school grounds. However, we understand this may vary due to a child's

age and needs.


Remote Learning

Primary zoom check-in will be conducted once a day as follows:

Grades Prep – 2 at 10:00am, Grade 3 - 6 at 9:30am. Daily learning materials will be uploaded by 9:00am. Secondary zoom conferencing will be used for all daily lessons as we did during term 2.

Please find all information in the Term 3, Remote Learning Guidelines & Processes

What is being done to support students to learn from home?

We are providing support to ensure your child’s continuity of learning from home is not sacrificed ensuring, modified remote learning for our primary, secondary and VCE students continue to meet their needs

(Please refer to your child’s remote learning from home guidelines for more information).

What ICT support is there for students learning from home?

Parents and students can contact via email ([email protected]) the IT Support team for any issues and queries in relation to assisting them with online learning. (Secondary students should use their Ilim email



Contacting the school

If you need to get in contact, please phone or email your child’s campus. The Secondary College’s have provided teacher emails in their guidelines.

Dallas Primary Campus – Email: [email protected] Phone: 9302 3770 Dallas Secondary Girls – Email: [email protected] Phone: 9302 3771 Kiewa Campus – Email: [email protected] Phone: 9302 1150 Glenroy Campus – Email: [email protected] Phone: 9359 9660

Please do not come into the front office or classrooms.


Children with additional needs and student wellbeing

My child is currently receiving funded support at school. Will they still receive this even when they are learning from home?

If a child is learning from home, the school will use staff who are currently employed to help deliver your child’s learning program. For each child and family, they will help to develop:

  • teachers will check in daily with students for their wellbeing and learning.
  • access to online content if possible.

Please refer to your child’s remote learning from home guidelines for this information.

Is there support for student wellbeing?

Yes. School staff will continue to be alert to the needs of students as they return to school. If parents are concerned about their child's wellbeing, they should contact their school.


Health and hygiene/Social distancing measures

What health and hygiene practices do schools have?

Cleaning services have been increased at all our schools. There is now an extra cleaning shift each day. This is on top of the regular cleaning schedule. It includes more regular and thorough:

  • cleaning of door handles and lift buttons
  • wiping down of common areas. For example, meeting room tables, administration areas (reception desks), tables in libraries.
  • Disinfecting the school.

Resources are being given to teachers so they can talk to their students about COVID-19 and explain good hygiene practices. This includes reminding students to:

  • wash their hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water before and after eating and after going to the toilet
  • cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when they cough or sneeze
  • avoid touching their faces
  • limit physical contact when greeting people
  • limit physical contact in the playground.

The College has an existing infection control procedure that they will apply as needed.

What measures are being taken to ensure the health and safety of school staff?

Our staff have displayed professionalism and flexibility during such unprecedented times, and we are focussed on ensuring the health and safety of our workforce. In addition to increased cleaning at all schools, we are providing

all schools with extra hygiene products.


We are also looking at flexible arrangements on a case by case basis for staff whose health or personal

circumstances prevent them from working at a school, such as caring for a vulnerable family member.

What will happen in the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19?

The Department of Education has established protocols if a confirmed case of COVID-19 occurs in a school.

We will:

  • follow the advice of Department of Health and Human Services
  • work with the school community to minimise the impact of a confirmed case
  • ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of staff, students and visitors are prioritised.

If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a school community, the school may need to temporarily close to allow time for public health authorities to conduct contact tracing and deep cleaning to be undertaken prior to reopening.

How are schools implementing social distancing?

Where possible, schools should use the social distancing practices recommended by the federal government. See the Social Distancing Guidance Information Sheet (PDF 144KB).



Have there been any updates to VCE?

Yes, VCE written exams will begin on Tuesday 10 November. Exams will be completed by Tuesday 1 December, allowing ATAR scores to be calculated and VCE and VCAL students to get their results before the end of 2020.

Stay up to date with advice from the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority on changes to 2020 exams and assessments, read: Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for schools and educators

Year 11 Students will be required to come to school for their SACs. They will continue their classes via Zoom and communicate with their teachers via Edmodo. They will also watch Edrolo video tutorials and are required to complete outcome-based assessments.

Parents and Carers

What can parents and carers do to help?

Parents and carers can help by:

  • making sure your school has the correct contact details for your family
  • making sure you’ve installed your school’s communication apps on your device
  • encouraging your child to practice good hygiene
  • keeping your child home if they are unwell.

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