Important Updates for Students
23 March 2020
ECG College will commence school holidays on Tuesday 24 March 2020, following the Premier’s advice over the weekend.
Executive Principal of ECG College, Sue Geals, said that term one classes would conclude at the end of the day.
“Our students will not physically attend school from tomorrow until the shutdown has been lifted,” Ms Geals said.
ECG College is working hard to ensure it is ready to deliver classes online, should the shutdown period extend into term two.
“Although our students will not be here for the remainder of the week, our teachers will still be here, working hard to prepare innovative teaching tools that allow students to learn from home,”
The school holidays are due to end on Monday 13 April, following the Easter holiday. If schools have not been formally reopened at this time, ECG College will use the online Compass platform to deliver classes.
“While our students are already familiar with Compass, we will be in touch in the final week of the holidays to provide more detailed advice on how the students can get the most out of their learning during this time,” Ms Geals said.
Ms Geals added that it was important to maintain social connections even while students are physically isolated from the school.
“If a student is feeling anxious, overwhelmed or in need of support during the holidays, our Youth Work team are here to provide help. We encourage students to call us on 5622 6000 during business hours and we will arrange for our team to call the student back.”
Community College Gippsland
Classes will continue at Community College Gippsland this week, following advice from the Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews MP, that training organisations, TAFEs and Universities were not part of the stage one shut down.
According to CEO, Sue Geals, the organisation is continuing to make campuses as safe as possible for students to attend.
“We will be doing all we can, maintaining social isolation requirements in our classrooms and common areas and providing access to soap, water and paper towels in all bathrooms.”
Ms Geals acknowledged the challenges for students in a time of almost continuous change.
“We recognise that things are changing from hour to hour in relation to COVID-19 and that can be really difficult for our students. I want to assure them that although we have always prided ourselves on being an organisation that thrives in delivering face to face classes, we are ramping up to deliver their learning online if further measures are put in place by the Government.”
If campuses have been closed when Term 2 begins on Tuesday April 14, CCG will deliver classes through the online Moodle platform. Students will receive detailed instructions on how to access lessons in the final week of the holidays to provide more detailed advice if a shutdown is enforced.
“Students will need access to the Internet and a computer to attend classes from home,” Ms Geals said. “We encourage students to let their trainer know if this will not be possible.”
“This is such a dynamic situation and we are responding as quickly as we can, with heart and our students at the front of our minds. We will be sure to reach out again if anything changes.”