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.
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 have provided Learning@Home for our students, on different platforms and at age appropriate levels. The College has returned to face-to-face teaching from Monday 4 May onward (see below for further details).
During the Learning@Home phase, our teachers have worked tirelessly to prepare a remote learning program so we were able to continue a quality education experience for each child in our care. Our students received specific guidance on what learning from home will look like, and all parents received instructions for working from home via email on Tuesday 24 March. These remote learning resources are also available on SEQTA Engage.
Return to face-to-face teaching
Due to the consistent low levels of infection being achieved in WA, we have implemented a staggered return for all students as detailed below:
- Monday 4 May: Years 11 and 12 returned to campus
- Tuesday 5 May: Kindergarten to Year 6, Years 9 and 10 returned to campus
- Wednesday 6 May: Years 7 and 8 returned to campus
The Café, Junior School canteen and How Ya Bean currently provide takeaway food and coffee only and all students and staff are required to wash their hands as much as possible. Soap and sanitiser are provided for this purpose.
All play equipment and learning surfaces are wiped down and sanitised after each use and this requirement is expected to impact some of the Physical Education classes we will deliver and the equipment they will be able to use.
It is important to note that the College has now returned to face-to-face teaching as the primary teaching method. Those of you who elect to keep your children at home will continue to receive material on our learning platform, but teachers will not be delivering the Learning@Home lessons as they have for the past three weeks.
Staff and student illness
Please keep your children at home if they have a sniffle or a cold. We want to see your child at school, but we want them well.
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.
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).
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
For more information
- WA Department of Health: www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/coronavirus
- Call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080
- Tips on coping with coronavirus anxiety (PDF download)
- For general or travel related queries about coronavirus please go to the healthdirect website.
- Visit the Australian Department of Health website for details about the novel coronavirus.
- You can also visit the World Health Organisation website for more information about coronavirus and for updates.