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Alpha News, Term 3, Week 8

From the Principal

Extended restrictions for Victoria 2 September 2021

Due to the ongoing level of community transmission of COVID-19, the Victorian Government has announced that the current restrictions in place across Victoria will be extended. This means remote and flexible learning will continue in all Victorian schools until the end of Term 3. There are no changes to the current operational settings in schools or the categories of students who can attend on-site.

Any update or change to this will be communicated through the return to onsite learning plan that will be released next week.

Vaccination blitz

To help support the safe conduct of end-of-year exams, the Victorian Government today announced a vaccination blitz for final year school students, their teachers and for VCE exam supervisors and assessors that support final year school students.

The blitz will begin on 7 September and continue until 17 September. During the blitz, final year students, their teachers and VCE exam supervisors and assessors will have access to priority timeslots to attend their vaccination appointment at a vaccination centre.

Final year students, their teachers and VCE exam supervisors and assessors will also be able to book their first and second doses via a dedicated appointment booking hotline.

These additional pathways will help support a faster booking process and minimise absence for students during their schooling hours.

The Department of Health will release details of the dedicated phone number and session information on Friday, September 3.

COVID-19 and Vaccination – Your questions answered webinar

The Victorian Department of Health is hosting a live webinar for final year high school students, their families and educators to provide information on COVID-19 vaccination. You can join the free webinar on Friday 3 September, 4.00-5.00pm via this link (no need to register).

Topics covered include:

·       Vaccines, development and safety
·       Accessing and consenting to a vaccination
·       How to book an appointment
·       Q+A with the panel.

This event will be held via Microsoft Teams Live. For access information, visit Attend a live event in Teams.

If you have any anxiety or hesitation about booking a Vaccination I highly recommend you read the article by Beyond Blue on managing vaccine anxiety.

Dr Vivianne Nikou

School Principal