Apollo Parkways Primary helps students settle back into on-site learning

Adapting to the new health and safety measures has been methodical at Apollo Parkways Primary School in outer Melbourne.

Staggered drop off and pick up times have been working well for children at the Greensborough school.

Principal Doreen Montgomery said groups of four teachers were stationed at each of the school's four gates to greet and guide students in three, 15-minute slots from 9am and 3pm.

Children are dropped off by surname groups to prevent parents from congregating in large numbers.

Staff practised the procedures before face-to-face learning resumed for Prep to Grade 2 students on Tuesday 26 May.

Combined with providing families with consistent information from the Department of Education and Training (DET), the preparation had resulted in good outcomes, Ms Montgomery said.

'My great aim is we're safe, the children are calm and ready to learn,' she said.

'It's been really good - the feedback from the children and parents is they are really calm and they're settled.'

Providing families with thorough, consistent, almost daily information continues to be the school's priority. Staff receive the same email notices to ensure everyone is on the same page.

'We worked together to give our parents a lot of information on Compass,' she said.

'Parents easily miss information so we sent out letters almost daily.'

'The whole idea is the parents are not to congregate and parents are not allowed to enter the school grounds either.'

Playgrounds are cleaned every day and children are sanitising their hands before and after recess, as well as before entering the classroom.

Staff are spread out across two staff rooms – an important element in a school that caters for a total of 770 students, Mrs Montgomery said.

She said the school would aim to keep sanitising practices as well as the use of Google Classrooms for Grades 4-6 next year and beyond.

'The change has been monumental – it's been very fast paced and to keep up was difficult but we learned a great deal.'

The Department is working with students, teachers, principals and families to ensure lessons from remote and flexible learning are being captured and shared.

Following an independent analysis of the experience at schools across the state, an education summit will be held in July to discuss lessons learned and investigate what improvements can be made to the education system as a result of the remote learning experience. 

Principals, teachers, parents and students can submit feedback through a community consultation survey.