COVID 19 News

Face Masks

Students must wear a face mask indoors at school, unless a lawful exception applies.

Face mask requirements have changed. Face masks reduce the risk of transmission and should be carried at all times. It is highly recommended students bring spare masks to change after break times. A face mask must cover the nose and mouth. Face shields, scarves or bandanas do not meet these requirements.

Outside of lawful exceptions, the college will treat any deliberate and persistent non-compliance with the face masks direction as a serious matter. Usual college procedures for dealing with non-compliance with college rules may be applied, in similar ways the school uniform enforcement is dealt with. Parents and carers are responsible for providing students with recommended face masks, however, the college will provide masks when students are non-compliant.

Please visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au for the latest face mask requirements.

For all school settings:

  • School staff will be required to always wear masks indoors when not actively teaching or communicating with students. Masks are not compulsory for teachers and staff outdoors.
  • Students must wear a face mask indoors at school, unless a lawful exception applies. Students must wear face masks even if vaccinated. Students are not required to wear masks outside, however it is highly recommended if students are unable to socially distance at 1.5 meters.
  • When attending outdoor school camps and excursions, face masks are not mandatory, unless physical distancing cannot be maintained. Face masks must continue to be worn when indoors on camps and excursions.
  • Everyone over 8 years old must wear a face mask when travelling to and from school on public transport, taxis or ride share vehicles.
  • Visitors to schools aged 8 and above must wear a face mask in all indoor spaces, unless a lawful exception applies.

COVID-19 Hotline

The Department of Education and Training’s COVID_19 hotline is available from 8am – 6pm, 7 days a week (excluding public holidays), phone 1800 338 663.

DET COVID-19 Hotline

Ask questions about COVID-19 and education settings by calling 1800 338 663 (8:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday, excluding public holidays).

Keeping Safe – What you need to keep doing!

  • Practice good hygiene and regularly and thoroughly wash your hands.
  • Maintain physical distancing, keep at least 1.5 metres away from others.
  • Carry a face mask when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to. It is strongly recommended you wear one whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others.
  • Wear a face mask when required, unless a lawful exception applies.
  • If you feel unwell do not go to work or school.
  • Get tested at a nearby testing location. Return home immediately.
  • If you are worried you will lose pay while you wait for test result or you have tested positive and need to self-isolate you may be eligible for a worker support payment.
  • If your condition worsens contact your GP or a health professional. If you become very unwell and are having trouble breathing contact triple zero, you may need to be admitted to hospital.

Source: Victorian Government. Staying Safe accessed 1/12/21 from https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/staying-safe

Management of COVID-19 In Schools

Visit the Victorian Government Management of COVID-19 in schools site for up-to-date information on how schools will manage confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/management-coronavirus-schools

Additional Information

For further Department of Health and Human Services Daily Updates visit:

Coronavirus (COVID_19) Daily Update

Coronavirus (COVID_19) Information

Case-Alerts-Public-Exposure-Sites

For further Department of Health and Human Services translated information visit Translated Coronavirus (COVID_19) Resources

For advice and assistance in relation to Coronavirus for parents/guardians/carer, please visit the Department of Education and Training (DET) COVID advice for parents page.

Privacy Statement

All staff including contractors, service providers and volunteers of the Department, and this Victorian government school (our school), must comply with Victorian privacy law and this policy.

In Victorian government schools the management of ‘personal information’ and ‘health information’ is governed by the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) and Health Records Act 2001 (Vic) (collectively, Victorian privacy law). This policy explains how our school collects and manages personal and health information, consistent with Victorian privacy law.

Visit Privacy Policy and School’s Privacy Policy pages to learn more.

Schools’ Privacy Policy is translated into:

Schools’ privacy policy

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/Schools-Privacy-Policy-English.pdf

Schools’ privacy policy: information for parents

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/Pages/Schools-Privacy-Policy-information-for-parents.aspx

Source: Department of Education and Training. (20 May 2021). Schools’ privacy Policy

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