13 May 2020

Update 9 on SMC Response to Coronavirus (COVID – 19)

Parents, Guardians and Friends,

The Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, has announced return to school dates for students and staff:


  • Monday, 25 May for staff (a student free day)
  • Tuesday, 26 May for Years 11 & 12 students and Year 10 students who study VCE/VET units (STAGE 1)
  • Tuesday, 9 June for Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 (STAGE 2)


I shall write to parents again prior to these dates, but for now I assure you that the College is actively preparing for the return of students and staff.  This includes planning for reintroduction of onsite classroom teaching; thorough cleaning of the campuses daily; and putting together procedures for social distancing, sanitation, specific guidelines for specialist subject areas.

In the first stage, students in Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2, senior secondary students (Years 11 and 12 VCAL and VCE) and all students in specialist schools will return to school from Tuesday 26 May.

Year 10 students undertaking VCE studies, including VCE VET studies, should also attend school for those classes where practicable. If this is not possible for your child/children, our teachers will make sure the work provided to students attending at school is also provided to your child/children. Year 10 students unable to travel home at the end of their scheduled VCE/VET classes may be supervised at school for the remainder of the day.

To support all school staff to prepare for this transition, Monday 25 May will be a student-free day.

In the second stage of our return to onsite schooling, all other year levels will return to school from Tuesday 9 June.

For those students who cannot be supervised at home and vulnerable children, the existing model of onsite schooling will remain in place during the two-week period from Tuesday 26 May to Tuesday 9 June. The current process that we are using to enable parents and carers to indicate the days or part-days for which onsite schooling is required will continue for this two-week period.

All other students in those year levels will continue learning from home until Tuesday 9 June.

Once a year level has returned, all students will be expected to attend school as normal. This means if you choose to keep your child/children home after their year level has returned to onsite schooling, we can no longer support their learning from home.

This does not apply to children who need to be absent for health or medical reasons. For those families, please contact us so we can make an appropriate plan.

This same approach is being taken by all Catholic and government schools in Victoria.

This is the information most appropriate for now.  I shall update again prior to 26 May.  If parents have any suggestions or comments about any aspect of the return to school, please email admin@stmonicas-epping.com

The end to this school arrangement is drawing closer: we all need to approach it calmly in a spirit of Monican unity.


Even though I walk through the darkest valley,

I will fear no evil,

For you are with me;

Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 23:4



Brian E. Hanley