Covid_19 News

The Victorian Government and the Department of Education and Training has announced some important changes to COVID Safe measures for schools that will apply until further notice.

Face masks strongly recommended

From 11:59 pm Tue 12 July, face masks, while strongly recommended indoors, if a person if unable to socially distance, has covid-19 like symptoms, living with a person/s vulnerable to Covid-19 are not mandated in any school setting.  Any student or staff member who wishes to wear a mask may do so and is strongly recommended to do so.  From Tue 19 July until the end of winter, we ask parents/carers to view the Parent/carer Victorian Government and Department of Education and Training letter on the strongly recommended use face masks indoors. For further information where face masks are required, recommended and for exemptions visit https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/face-masks

Face masks are mandatory for everyone aged 8 years and above in the following settings:

  • On public transport, in taxis/rideshare services and in tourism vehicles.
  • While inside an aircraft (for ages 12 and over).
  • While visiting a hospital, care facility or any other indoor space that is a publicly accessible area in a healthcare setting, including allied health settings.
  • In a public indoor space if you are a close contact.
  • Working in an indoor space that is a publicly accessible area of a court or justice centre.
  • In an indoor space that is a publicly accessible area of a healthcare facility, including at an allied health facility.
  • Working in a resident-facing role in an indoor space at a care facility, including when not interacting with residents.
  • Working in an indoor space at a prison, police gaol, remand centre, youth residential centre, youth justice centre or post-sentence facility.
  • After being tested for COVID-19 and awaiting results.
  • If you have COVID-19 or are a close contact and are leaving the premises for a permitted reason.

Screening requirements

At Thur 11.59 pm Tue 12 July 2022 students who have tested positive for COVID-19, and have completed their 7-day isolation period, now do not need to undertake rapid antigen test (RAT) screening for 4 weeks after their release from isolation. This was previously 12 weeks.

Household contacts

Students who are household contacts of a COVID-19 case are not required to quarantine. They may return to school as long as they undertake rapid antigen tests (RA Testing) 5 times during their 7-day period. They are required to notify the school that they are a household contact.

Students aged 8 years and above who are household contacts are required to wear face masks when indoors at school unless they have a valid exemption.

If a student household contact returns a positive RA test result, they must isolate for 7 days.

Vaccination requirements for visitors to schools

Parents, carers and other adult visitors (not performing work) are no longer required to show evidence of two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

RAT screening program reminder

RA tests will continue to be supplied to support the early detection of COVID-19 in our school.

The testing recommendations will remain the same this term for students and staff with:

  • mainstream schools – recommended to test at home twice a week
  • specialist schools – recommended to test 5 days a week at home due to the higher risk of severe illness for medically vulnerable children.

For further information visit https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/checklist-contacts

Transport of children to school by positive cases

From 11.59 pm on Tue 12 July 2022, parents and carers who are COVID-19 positive can leave self-isolation to transport children to or from school in a private vehicle and to receive medical attention.

The parent or carer must travel directly to and from the school or medical facility only. They must remain in the vehicle at all times, unless it is reasonably necessary to leave the vehicle to walk the child to and from the entrance of the school or medical facility safely. They must wear a face mask at all times.

Boosters for eligible groups

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends an additional booster dose of Comirnaty (Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine for eligible 12 to 15 year olds who have completed a primary course of vaccination 3 or more months ago and:

  • are severely immunocompromised
  • have a disability with significant or complex health needs
  • have a medical condition that increases the risk of severe COVID-19 illness.

ATAGI also recommends an additional booster of COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 16 to 64 who have:

  • a disability with significant or complex health needs
  • a medical condition that increases the risk of severe COVID-19 illness.

We strongly encourage you to have a winter booster if you are eligible.

As per previous advice, if a person has had a recent confirmed COVID-19 infection, they should delay their next recommended COVID-19 vaccination until 3 months after their infection.

Flu vaccinations

ATAGI also recommends all people aged 6 months and over to be vaccinated against influenza (flu). Flu vaccine can be administered at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine.  However, if a person is not yet eligible for their next recommended COVID-19 vaccination, flu vaccine should be given as soon as possible.

For more information, including how to book COVID-19 vaccines, refer to COVID-19 vaccines and Translated information about COVID-19.

Vaccinations for students

Vaccination remains the best way to protect students and staff in school settings. Your ongoing support in encouraging children aged 5 to 11 to get vaccinated, and staff and students aged 16 and 17 to get their third dose, remains critical.

Source: State of Victoria Department of Education and Training retrieved 12/7/22
Source: State Government of Victoria retrieved 12/7/22

24/7 COVID_19 Hotline

If you suspect you may have COVID-19 call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398 – open 24 hours, 7 days. The COVID Safe Information hotline diverts to the national hotline every day from 8pm to 8am. For emergencies only call Triple Zero (000).

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.
  • Recommended to 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.
  • Contact school and report any Covid_19 related absences.
  • RA test and 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.

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.

Victoria’s Back-to-School Plan – Download Here

COVID_19 Safety Management Plan

DOWNLOAD THE CRAIGIEBURN SECONDARY COLLEGE COVID_19 SAFETY PLAN

Additional Information

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

Coronavirus (COVID_19) Daily Update

Coronavirus (COVID_19) Information

Case Alert Check Lists for Cases Contacts

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_19 Advice for Parents/Carers 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.

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Schools’ Privacy Policy is translated into:

Schools’ privacy policy

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Schools’ privacy policy: information for parents/carers

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