The information below is the most up to date information available. I will send out further updates as required. Information will be placed on Compass newsfeed, our college website and via parent and student email.Please also look out for individual messages from year level leaders regarding the various plans outlining student return information for different year levels.Free rapid antigen tests (RAT’s)
Free rapid antigen tests will be available for the first 4 weeks of Term 1 2022.
Twice-a-week testing will be strongly recommended for both students and staff.
The department will supply the tests to our school – you do not need to buy your own.
The department will distribute all kits to schools as early as possible. I will let you know once the test kits are available and how they will be handed to parents and students.
Students and staff will do the tests at home; they only need to report their result if it is COVID-positive. They must report a COVID-positive result to:
- The DET RA Test Portal; this is so the school can support them, record that they will be absent while in 7-day isolation, and let the rest of the school community know there has been a positive case onsite and that they should monitor for symptoms. If this is not possible parents can contact the school directly by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone. The RA Test Portal is the preferred method of informing the school.
- the Department of Health via the COVID-19 Positive Rapid Antigen Test Self-Reporting Form or call centre on 1800 675 398.
Information about how to do a test and how to read RAT results, including a how-to video translated into 33 languages, is available online.
Parents and carers must have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine or have a valid medical exception (with limited exceptions) to enter school buildings.
All staff working in schools need to be fully vaccinated or have a verified medical exception.
COVID-19 vaccinations for students are not required for them to attend school but vaccination for students is highly encouraged. If your child has not yet had their first dose, please try to organise this before term begins. For more information on how to book a vaccination, including important information about vaccination for children aged 5 to 11, visit Vaccination information for children and teenagers.
We will also make sure that classrooms are well ventilated by opening windows and doors, to minimise the risk of infection. We distributed over 60 air purifiers around the school as an added safety measure. These have been placed in locations according to DET advice.
Vital COVIDSafe steps
High expectations regarding Hand hygiene, mask wearing, and physical distancing will continue until further direction from DET is provided.
Staffing our school
I know many of you will have questions about what happens if your child’s teacher gets COVID-19. We have been advised by DET that extra teachers will be available as we need them. We will be doing everything that we can to make sure our school stays safe and open.
Students as close contacts of positive cases
Please contact the school as per standard absence processes.
Students will be required to access school-based learning tasks via Compass.
Other information about school operations and our COVID safe plans
If you have any questions, please email the College on email@example.com
There’s no doubt that this term is going to be challenging for all of us, but we are also very excited to kick off the school year and welcome back all of our students.
Thank you for your continued support.