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.
Parent Update - Wednesday 3 February 2021
Parent Update - Sunday 31 January 2021
The Premier has announced that schools will be closed for the next 5 days as part of a hard lockdown in an effort to contain a possible Covid outbreak. The lockdown will be in place until 6:00pm, Friday 5 February 2021.
Swan Christian College will therefore be physically closed for the next 5 days. The gates will not open.
This is a very fluid situation and details and further updates are expected with reasonable frequency.
Please note the following information specific to events we expected to run in the College this week:
Swanonline is in the fortunate position of being able to deliver learning and business as usual will continue for them.
Our Fringe performances of Antigone will not take place.
Swim trials and all other co-curricular activities will not take place.
The Year 7 camp planned for Week 3 is obviously under threat. We will be contacting the provider tomorrow and will keep Year 7 parents updated.
I will be updating you further by close of business tomorrow.
School phones will be manned tomorrow should you need to make contact with the school. Please look for these written updates rather than asking our staff to predict what may happen. I will keep you as informed as I can.
Parent Update - Monday 1 February 2021
As we go into the first full day of lockdown, I trust you and your family are safe and well.
Our College Executive team has met twice virtually in the last 24 hours to plan a way forward and ensure our solid start to the learning year continues during this week.
During Tuesday and Wednesday, you will begin to hear from your child’s teacher/s providing resources and learning guidance. This will be refined as the week progresses. The fact that this has occurred so early in the year with all of us at home, adds additional pressure, especially for students and staff new to our College. The staff are exploring ways to resource and inform students and parents and are having to meet virtually to do their planning. This is compounded by the uncertainty around what next week will look like. Teachers are preparing lessons for school and for learning@home and this is a significant workload. We appreciate your patience while this takes place. We want to deliver our very best.
I should also point out that learning resources and materials supplied will vary depending on the age and learning stage of the child. We will try to avoid information overload, but you can expect to receive a variety of communications from our staff in the coming days. As material is supplied, please encourage your child to engage with it but please don’t let them become overwhelmed or overloaded. We appreciate your patience with this.
It is our intention to postpone the Year 7 camp until later in the year so students should plan to be at school next week.
The situation continues to be very fluid so it is my intention to update you each day but will keep it as short as possible.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.