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.

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 is 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.

Our College staff are currently preparing to provide learning remotely for our students, on different platforms and at age appropriate levels, should that need eventuate.  You can expect that, should this happen, we will initially use email to communicate specific details with you. Your child’s teacher(s) will be the primary contact so that information is specific to your child and complements the learning done at school.

Please take steps to prepare for this eventuality. The College encourages parents/guardians to seek out possibilities for sharing care arrangements for your children with other parents or families. This will not always work but it has the potential to distribute child-care and allow parents to manage other responsibilities some of the time.

 

SCEA school principals met with the CEO on Monday 23 March and made the decision to ask parents who can do so to keep their children home from school. We will continue to accommodate children attending on campus in scaled down classroom settings ensuring appropriate social distance and continued learning.  

Our teachers have been working tirelessly to prepare a remote learning program so we are able to continue a quality education experience for each child in our care.  Our students have received specific guidance on what learning from home will look like, and all parents have received instructions for working from home via email on Tuesday 24 March. These remote learning resources are also available on SEQTA Engage

From Wednesday 25 March onward, children should only be on campus between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm. The uniform shop will close on Wednesday 25 March until we have a clearer picture of the future. The café will remain open at this stage but with a scaled down menu.

 

Staff and student illness

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.

 

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).

Mass gatherings

The Australian Government has announced that all organised, non-essential mass gatherings attended by more than 100 people for indoor events and more than 500 people for outdoors events must be cancelled from Wednesday 18 March 2020.

The College has informed parents/guardians about events and activities that have been cancelled or postponed.

Below are the measures we will begin to roll out from today and will be in place for the remainder of the term:

  1. All events, excursions and assemblies will be cancelled or postponed.  This will impact the following:
    • All assemblies
    • Excursions and incursions will be postponed or cancelled as appropriate. Please note that students currently on work experience will follow the policies and practices of their work experience workplace.
    • Parent/Teacher/Student interviews will be postponed for this term.
    • FAME JR. will not take place this term and an alternate date will be communicated in time.
    • All non-essential rehearsals and sporting commitments will be suspended until further notice.
    • A decision on the Sydney/Canberra trip will be made by the end of this week.
  2. The College will take advantage of our large outdoor areas to enable students to disperse during recess and lunch and thereby allow for the recommended social distancing to be implemented and congestion minimised.
  3. Hand washing and cleaning materials will be maintained to a high standard in all bathrooms.
  4. Surfaces and door handles have been receiving special attention and will be increased focus areas for our cleaners.
  5. All non-essential visitors to the College will be asked not to attend.
  6. Students across the College will be able to wear their sports uniform to school on the days they have physical education classes. This will enable us to ensure social distancing that is difficult now when students are getting changed for class. Students in the Junior School already do this. The only exception will be for students from the STTC who will need to be dressed appropriately for their classes.

The WA Department of Health has updated information including frequently asked questions about the COVID-19. To view this information visit healthywa.wa.gov.au/coronavirus

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 at College Administration 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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