- 被父母抛弃的孩子；2）面临死亡或能力丧失的孩子；3）受到情感或心理创伤的孩子；4） 身体发育或健康遭受伤害的孩子
Xin Jin Shan Chinese Language and Culture School
Dear teachers, students and parents,
Last Sunday, the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, announced his government’s roadmap for easing coronavirus lockdown restrictions. The stage 4 restrictions will remain in place for another two weeks, up to 27th September, with four steps:
First step, from 14th September, night curfew will come into place from 9pm to 5am. Residents will need to stay within 5 kilometres of their homes and will still only be able to leave home for shopping for food, exercise, care-giving purposes or permitted work. Residents can have outdoor exercise for up to two hours. Schools remain in remote learning and residents remain working at home.
Second step, from 28th September, childcare and early education will reopen. Schools will remain in remote learning, with a phased return of onsite learning for prep to grade 2, VCE11 and 12 students. Outdoor pools would reopen and personal training up to 2 people would be allowed.
Third step, from 26th October, there will be no curfew and no restrictions on reasons to leave home. Childcare and early education would be open. A phased return of onsite learning for grade 3 to 10 students would be arranged in Term 4. People will still work from home if they can. Outdoor sports will resume for under 18s. There will be no limits on the number of people allowed to leave a household to go shopping.
Last step, from 23rd November, up to 50 people will be allowed to gather outside. Grade 3 to 10 students would return onsite learning. People will still work from home if they can. There will be no exercise limits. All retail will be open.
We would follow the guidance from DET regarding the time for our school to return onsite learning and let you know as soon as we get updates from DET. Please follow the new restrictions and go through the tough time together.
One more thing I would like to share with you is that DET now requires all the teachers and admin staff to attend a mandatory training regarding child protection. Only those who pass the training assessment and get a certificate along with an active Working with Children Check are allowed to work at community language schools. We need to ensure every single student stay safe and healthy in our learning environment. In the last few weeks, we have encouraged teachers to attend the child protection training sessions organised by DET and CLV. We’ve also organised relevant workshops within the school. Now most teachers and admin staff have completed the training and obtained the Certificate of Completion of: (Non-Government Schools) Protecting Children – Mandatory Reporting and Other Obligations. One Child Safe Officer will also be assigned for each campus to make sure teachers, students and parents know whom to contact if they need help.
I would like to share with you the following information regarding child protection:
- All adults must report to Victoria Police where they form a reasonable belief that a sexual offence has been committed by an adult against a child under the age of 16. Failure to disclose the information is a criminal offence
- VIT teachers, registered psychologists and school counsellors are mandatory reporters to report a reasonable belief of child physical or sexual abuse to child protection authorities.
- Anyone can report to DHHS Child Protection if they form a belief on reasonable grounds that a child has suffered, or is likely to suffer, significant harm as a result of physical and/or sexual abuse such as
- Where a child appears to have been abandoned
- Where a child is facing death
- Emotional or mental harm of a child
- Emotional abuse and ill treatment of a child
- Disclosure of sexual abuse by a child
- If you have any concern about a child’s wellbeing, please report it to DHHS or Child First.
Referring to Child First would be appropriate where families:
- Are experiencing significant parenting problems that may be affecting the child’s development
- Are experiencing family conflict, including family breakdown
- Are under pressure due to a family member’s physical or mental illness, substance abuse, disability or bereavement
- Are young, isolated or unsupported
- Are experiencing significant social or economic disadvantage that may adversely impact on a child’s care or development.
Therefore, our teaching and admin staff would make a report to relevant authorities if we’ve noticed any child abuse such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, grooming, emotional or mental abuse, neglect and family violence. The identity of the reporters would remain confidential with professional protections.
I believe all the parents are expecting a safe and healthy learning environment when their children come to our school. We would try our best to work together with parents providing a safe campus for all the students.
Stay safe and healthy and let’s see you online on weekends.