Coronavirus Update from John Cortese - 24 August 2021 - 9:00am

Good morning

We have now had the Knight St Campus of Notre Dame College confirmed as a Tier 1 site all day on:

  • Tuesday 17 August 2021
  • Wednesday 18 August 2021
  • Friday 20 August 2021

CLICK HERE for full list of exposure sites.

Everyone who worked, studied or visited the Knight Street Campus of the College for even the shortest amount of time is now under the Tier 1 conditions, as are all other people who live in their household.  You can complete this SELF ASSESSMENT FORM to help you understand the rules you need to follow.

STOP & STAY

Our advice from Matt Sharp – GV Health Chief Executive is that the STOP & STAY is still in place for any staff and students of Notre Dame College who DID NOT visit the Knight Street Campus on the Tier 1 dates. Please stay at home with your family members. GV Health will continue to give us updates about this situation which we will share with you. You can also see his updates on Facebook.

COVID Testing - IMPORTANT – Please read carefully before seeking a COVID Test

We now have advice from GV Health regarding testing. They have asked that the three groups mentioned below get tested immediately.

All other staff, students and their family members, should only get testing if they have COVID symptoms. We understand this differs from usual advice for Tier 1 exposure sites but has been necessary because there is not the required capacity for testing available in Shepparton to cope with testing everyone in the area who has visited a Tier 1 site.

Advice from GV Health is that unless you are part of the groups listed below or you have COVID symptoms, you will only be required to have the Day 13 COVID test and not the immediate test. We will continue to work with GV Health to ensure that we will be able to access Day 13 testing.

GV Health will continue to update the community via Facebook. If you have any questions, you can also contact the COVID Hotline 1800 675 398.

The following groups are asked to seek testing immediately at the Sports Precinct Testing facility (near Basketball Stadium and Shepparton Athletics Track):

  1. Notre Dame Year 11 students and Year 11 teaching staff.
  2. Students who were at the snow for the Outdoor Education Camp last week.
  3. Students who went to the Wangaratta Sports Carnival last week.

All other students and staff, and their family members, who are displaying symptoms, can attend other testing sites:

  1. The Acute Respiratory Clinic at GV Health, Graham Street – open from 8:00am.
  2. Drive through testing at Shepparton Greyhound and Trotting Track, 7580 Goulburn Valley Hwy, Kialla.
  3. Drive through testing at Shepparton Showgrounds Multipurpose Pavilion, enter from Fryers Street extension (best accessed from Archer Road).
  4. Additional drive through testing at Mooroopna Recreation Reserve, enter from Midland Hwy.
  5. Other testing centres close to your home may also be used.
  6. Please note testing is NOT available at the Vaccination Hub at the McIntosh Centre Shepparton Showgrounds. 

For further information regarding testing sites CLICK HERE.

Providing your details before you are tested will help you to save time at the testing site. Please complete the online COVID-19 Testing Registration Form and present your unique number once you are called for your test.

Students are asked to let their teachers know if they are getting tested and might miss lessons. Staff will be asked to do the same for their students.

If you have questions about what you need to do please use this Self-Assessment Tool.

Remote Learning - commences today

The requirement for all members of the College community to get tested will have significant implications for staff and students to fully engage with the remote learning program. Teachers will aim to maintain the google classroom and attendance questions as per timetable. Synchronous classes will be delayed until further notice. We anticipate staff and student attendance will be heavily impacted over the coming days. The College aims to maintain connection with the college, continuity of learning and some sense of normal routine for students. Teachers have been encouraged to adjust the learning expectations, so students are not overwhelmed. Do what is possible and take care of yourself.

GV Health COVID Information Session

GV Health, in partnership with the Victorian Department of Health, invites you to an online community information session tomorrow evening, Tuesday August 24 between 6:30-7:30pm.

The intention of this forum is to keep you informed relating to:

  • The current situation in the Shepparton region
  • Testing and isolation requirements
  • Relief and supports available
  • COVID-19 vaccines

Speakers from the Department of Health and the local Public Health Unit will be present to provide this information, answer questions and respond to key issues faced by the local community.

Please access the meeting via the Zoom link below.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://shepparton-vic-gov-au.zoom.us/j/84238416770

Meeting ID: 842 3841 6770

Passcode: 975350

Please forward this invitation to your network, colleagues, family and friends who may be interested in joining the Forum. Thank you for your efforts to help keep Victoria COVIDSafe.

Knight Street and Emmaus Campus – CLOSED – No access

The Knight Street and Emmaus Campuses of Notre Dame College are both still CLOSED. There is no access to either site for staff or students until further notice.

Students who have left materials in their lockers or at the College in classrooms will not have any access to these for the duration of the quarantine period. Teachers are aware of this and will do their best to work with all students to ensure they are still able to engage in and continue with their learning as best as possible.

Thank you again for continuing to support us as we work through the current situation with you.

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