Information for Parents and Guardians

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Swan Christian College is acting on the advice of the WA Department of Health to take the necessary precautions for our students and staff. 

Please refer to the information below and check your emails regularly to ensure the information you have is up to date.

Phase 4 Requirements (ongoing)

Please note that requirements for schools under Phase 4 are different from the hospitality industry. The following will remain in place while WA is in Phase 4 of the COVID-19 roadmap.

  • Touchpoint cleaning throughout the day will continue
  • Students' desks will be sprayed regularly with sanitiser, children may be asked to assist with this
  • Hand sanitiser will be available in the bathrooms and classrooms
  • Junior School playgrounds will be sanitised daily
  • Recess and lunchtimes for students in the Senior School (Years 7-12) will be staggered
  • The seating in the College café will remain closed
  • College events will be altered to ensure that we are compliant with recommendations

 

Staff and student illness

Please keep your children at home if they have a sniffle or a cold. 

If someone in your family is being tested for COVID-19, please keep all your children at home until that person has been cleared and you have medical advice it is safe to return.  

We are monitoring staff and student illness closely and parents are keeping us well informed. As in any organisation of over 1500 people, there are a number who will be ill. While we have staff and students absent for illness, we have not identified a threat at this stage.

At Swan Christian College we have not had a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) and have not been advised of students or staff who have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus. A couple of staff and students have elected to self-isolate as a precaution and, while some have chosen to be tested, no one has tested positive.

We have put practices in place to ensure that all who come on campus engage in hygienic practices and do not enter our premises if they have possible symptoms of the virus.

School closures

If there was to be a confirmed COVID-19 case at the College, the decision to close the College is based on the expert advice from the WA Health Department’s Chief Health Officer.

The Chief Health Officer will if there has been a positive COVID-19 test result in any school, close the school temporarily while assessment and tracing of exposure are conducted. A thorough school clean will then be carried out to make the school safe for the return of students and staff.

In this situation, all families will be immediately contacted by the College and provided with the relevant information.

 

Travel

The Prime Minister has announced that as of 12:00am on 16 March 2020, all people returning from international travel must self-isolate for 14 days after the date of return to Australia.

Parents/guardians must notify their school that their child will be absent from school for the isolation period and confirm the date of arrival into Australia.

Parents/guardians may want to seek alternative arrangements for their child’s remote learning keeping in mind that the isolation period, provided the person remains well, is a maximum of 14 days.

Students do not require a medical certificate or clearance to return to school but must remain at home until 14 days.

The Federal Government has declared a global indefinite travel ban in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Smarttraveller.gov.au advises all Australians: do not travel at this time (Level 4 travel advice).

 

Community Outreach

The Facebook Group Swan Community Outreach has been established as a communication hub to equip our community to help people in need, in and beyond our community.

If you need something because you are in isolation, are unwell or simply cannot get what you need from the shops; or if you are aware of a neighbour or community member in need, please post your request in the Swan Community Outreach Facebook group or email the College Parent Committee at swanparentcommittee@swan.wa.edu.au

Donations
To keep each other safe, please wash your hands thoroughly before handling the goods you would like to donate. Do not deliver any donations if you have any flu-like symptoms including cough, fever, sore throat and body aches or have come in contact with a potential COVID-19 case.

Items you can donate:

  • Non-perishable food
  • Cleaning supplies, soap and hand sanitiser
  • Toilet paper and personal hygiene items
  • All donations must be hygienic and clean. If donating individual items such as individual rolls of toilet paper, please ensure that these are wrapped or put into zip-lock bags.
  • Perishable food items can be requested on a need basis. Please don't drop these off unless prior arrangements have been made.

Ongoing updates

Updates will be provided as any new information becomes available. Please check your emails regularly to ensure the information you have is up to date.

The Department of Education and The Association of Independent Schools of WA will continue to respond as a collaborative team to advice from the WA Department of Health and provide updated advice to schools and staff as appropriate.

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