Update from John Cortese – 20 October 2021

The College Leadership Team made the decision this afternoon for our Knight Street and Year 9 programs to remain in Remote Learning for the rest of this week. Students will not be returning onsite as planned.

MCP will run a Remote Learning Programme on Thursday and all staff and students, will return onsite as planned, on Friday.

Supervision Programs will continue at all programs on Thursday and Friday at Knight Street and Year 9.

We have made this decision based on many factors including the following:

  • The number of staff still in isolation due to having been identified as Primary Close Contacts
  • The number of staff and student Primary Close Contacts who are yet to receive their first test results
  • Rapidly changing guidelines around quarantine requirements for Primary Close Contacts, which we hope will be much clearer in the next 24 hours

With positive cases in our community, a reminder to all that you should continue to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID - 19 and seek testing immediately if any develop. 

Primary Close Contacts – Quarantine Requirements

If you have received a notification from the College that your student is a Primary Close Contact they must quarantine until advice is given that they can stop.

Quarantine means you must stay in your home or accommodation. You cannot leave your house for any reason unless it is an emergency, you need medical help, or to escape family violence. Other people in your household do not need to quarantine with you.

We are getting a lot of queries regarding the changes to quarantine period at 11.59pm tomorrow (21/10/2021). We are expecting an update from Catholic Education Sandhurst soon and will communicate any changes to all of our students who have been identified as Primary Close Contacts as soon as we can.

Access to Student Lockers

There will be no student access to the campus for the next two days. If students require essential items from their locker, they can complete this FORM. Requests will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

If requests are approved, items from the locker will be put into a bag and labelled with the student’s name for collection from the front of the College at Knight Street. Year 9 items will be left for collection just outside the Administration building.

Nobody who has been identified as a Primary Close Contact and is currently quarantining can come to the College to collect the items.

Onsite Supervision – Thursday 21 October and Friday 22 October

For those students who meet the below criteria, we will be running an onsite supervision program.  You can find the full list of the eligible authorised workers HERE. 

Students who are NOT registered will have to be collected from the College and taken home. 

Bookings must be made by 8:00am in the morning for that day. 

Criteria for Onsite Supervision Program: 

  1. Children who have previously been attending because their parent/s and/or carer/s were considered authorised workers.
  2. Children experiencing vulnerability, including:
  3. in out-of-home care
    1. deemed vulnerable by a government agency, funded family or family violence service, and assessed as requiring education and care outside the family home
    2. identified by a school or early childhood service as vulnerable, (including via referral from a government agency, or funded family or family violence service, homeless or youth justice service or mental health or other health service)
    3. where a parent/carer indicates that a student with a disability is vulnerable because they cannot learn from home, and/or informs the school the student is vulnerable due to family stress, the school must provide on-site supervision for that student. This may apply to students enrolled in specialist schools and students with a disability enrolled in mainstream schools.

Year 9 and MCP students booked into supervision programme will be based at the Emmaus Campus. 

Masks will be required inside and outside for all students (except those who have an exemption) who attend the programme.

Knight St and Year 9 - The canteen and cafe will not be available to purchase food or drinks. Students must ensure they bring food and a drink bottle.

MCP – The Café will function as usual.

If your child is eligible for the supervision program you MUST book them in for each day.  CLICK HERE to book using booking code WS7VU. 

MCP students will be contacted by staff and booked in by staff, if supervision is required on Thursday. All students will return to MCP on Friday.

COVID Vaccinations 

Walk in appointments are available at the McIntosh Centre for Moderna and Astra Zeneca vaccines each day. Walk in appointments for the Pfizer vaccine is available tomorrow (Monday).  

GV Health's Vaccine Hub is located in the McIntosh Centre at Shepparton Showgrounds and opening hours are: 

  • Monday to Saturday 9:00am–4:00pm
  • Tuesday 9:00am – 9:00pm 

There are appointments available at the McIntosh Centre, including for Moderna, and online bookings can be made for all state vaccination centres at https://portal.cvms.vic.gov.au/ or by calling 1800 675 398. General practices and community pharmacies are also providing COVID-19 vaccinations and further information can be found at https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility...  

VCE VCAA Exams 

VCAA is ensuring every effort is being made to support students sit their exams.  They have designed guidelines for students, schools and supervisors to complete the exams safely. Please read the attached documents explaining how this will occur, including those students who have been identified as Primary Close Contacts: 

  • Guidance for students completing 2021 VCE written examinations CLICK HERE
  • COVID-19 Q & A’s - completing VCAA written examinations CLICK HERE

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