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Parents Victoria has the capacity to work remotely and will not be attending face to face meetings in the foreseeable future. We are managing a high volume of emails and contacts currently, so your patience with longer than usual response times would be appreciated.


Minister for Education James Merlino said today (13 March):

“If a school is closed, I want to assure all parents, teachers will be working remotely and available and in contact with their students to minimise the disruption to learning as much as possible,” Mr Merlino said. "Online and offline delivery options will be available and can be tailored to individual schools, and to different age groups of students.”

The Age contacted Parents Victoria for comment on the impact of coronavirus in schools.

PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy's comments were published in the Age article on 13 March.

Gail said it was sensible to keep schools open for now. She said:

“If it’s inevitable that school is going to be disrupted at some stage, they will call it when the public health officers call it,” 

Read the full article on the Age website


 

A recent ABC News article focuses on school fundraising. Parent Club members will be very familiar with the expectation that they raise funds for the school. But as the article points out, "...when volunteers often feel compelled to continue because they are fundraising for basics, not luxuries, it presents a new problem: school fundraising fatigue."

Parents Victoria believes schools need to be fully funded by governments to meet the educational needs of every student, without the need for parents (or teachers) to fundraise.  Parent Clubs should be free to engage in governance & engagement activities and creating genuine partnerships, not propping up the school budget. School social events are great, and they might raise money, but any proceeds should be for extras, not basics. 

Read the full article on the ABC website.

 

As usual, Mandy the Fundraising Whisperer has some great ideas in her monthly newsletter. 

In the March 2020 issue, you'll find

  • Mega Sausage Sizzle Guide (free download)
  • Signup Zone - free rostering tool
  • Fundraising suppliers - ask them for their info pack!
  • Top 5 articles and resources for the month
  • Monthly giveaway

You can see the newsletter on Mandy's website

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