Non-Government Vic Schools to return for start of Term 4 as per Federal Government advice

Non-Government Vic Schools to return for start of Term 4 as per Federal Government advice

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Janine Bentley Minns started this petition to Independent schools’ peak body and the National Catholic Education Commission

Daniel Andrews and the Victorian Government have further delayed the return of our children to the classroom without any scientific evidence that their strategy is working. 'From October 26, if the daily average of new cases is fewer than five and there are fewer than five cases with an unknown source in the preceding fortnight, then Grade 3 to 10 may start to return to classroom learning, subject to health advice'.  This could be never!

Lockdown is the ‘easy’ option and the government must address the wellbeing and health of our children with an intelligent and analytical response rather than their ‘sledge hammer’ approach. Even allowing children to attend face to face teaching 2-3 times a week staggered across all year levels would offer children some hope and mental relief.

The continued lockdown of our schools means that children may no longer have that sense of structure and stimulation that is provided by that environment, and they will have less opportunity to be with their friends and get that social support that is essential for good mental well-being. 

Our children have already lost the majority of their year and could potentially miss the rest if we don't do something. Unfortunately all government run schools must abide by the restrictions imposed on them by the Andrew’s government.

However, Independent and Catholic schools are funded by the Federal Government and you, the parents.  They can therefore choose to continue to provide a full education for our children if they wish to.  It is time they took initiative and performed their own risk assessment based on highly qualified and substantiated advice from our Federal Chief Medical Officer and his counterparts who have said from the onset of this Pandemic that children should remain at school!

Please sign this petition so that you have a voice and our children can get back to school in Term 4. Perhaps with enough pressure from this sector, the Andrew’s Government might take some notice of what the very people who they are supposed to be serving are asking for and allow ALL children at ALL schools to return for Term 4.

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