Update from John Cortese – 20 May 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians

Thank you for your support this week with students in Year 7, 8, 10 and 11 having a day at home.

We will continue keeping year levels at home next week as follows:

  • Monday 23 May – No classes for Year 8 students
  • Wednesday 25 May – No classes for Year 11 students
  • Thursday 26 May – No classes for Year 7 students
  • Friday 27 May – No classes for Year 10 students

COVID and/or Influenza Symptoms

If your child has any symptoms of COVID and/or Influenza they must stay home, even if they have tested negative on a RAT. Any students who present to school with COVID or Influenza symptoms, without providing evidence of an underlying medical condition, such as hay fever, will be sent home.

Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs)

The Victorian Government will continue to provide rapid antigen tests (RATs) for use by students and staff for the remainder of Term 2. RATs will continue to be distributed to you as they have been throughout this school year for the remainder of this term.

However, from Monday 23 May 2022, it is recommended that RATs are used by students and staff only when symptomatic and not every Sunday and Thursday as previously advised.

RATs however will continue to be required by students who are household contacts to attend school (5 negative tests over a 7-day period) or who have symptoms. The ongoing supply of RATs to families in our school will ensure that parents and carers will have them should they need them if their child is a household contact or has symptoms.

Families must continue to notify the Department of Health and the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if their child returns a positive RAT result. Additionally, you should inform us if any of your children are household contacts by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Vaccination – COVID-19 and Influenza

Thank you also to all families who have had their child vaccinated. Vaccination continues to remain the best way to protect students and staff in our school.

Getting vaccinated is easy and bookings can be done via the coronavirus website. If you have any questions about the vaccines, I encourage you to speak to your GP or a health practitioner.

Flu vaccination is also recommended for everyone aged 6 months and over.

Flu vaccinations can be booked through GPs and pharmacies, many of which can also provide COVID-19 vaccinations. If you would like more information about the flu vaccination, visit the Better Health Channel.

Procedures to be followed for students feeling unwell at school

  • Students who feel unwell must go to Student Reception / Sick Bay. They are not allowed to email, phone or text parents/guardians directly during school times to advise they feel unwell.
  • If students feel unwell during class time, they must have their Planner signed by the teacher and bring their Planner with them to Sick Bay.
  • Staff will make the students comfortable and contact parents/guardians to collect them from school, if it is determined that this is the best course of action.
  • No Mobile Phones in Sick Bay. Please note that any student who uses their mobile phone during school time to contact parents/guardians, will have their mobile phone confiscated for 7 days.
  • An email will be sent home to all parents/guardians advising them if their child has attended sick bay. Parents will be advised of the reason they attended sick bay and outcome for their child. (This does not mean that Parents are to collect their child).

Students Requiring Leave Passes

Leave Passes are normally only issued for medical or dental appointments during school hours.  The most efficient way of communicating that a student requires a leave pass is for parents to write a note requesting a Leave Pass.  The note should contain the following information:

  • Date
  • Student’s name
  • Reason for Leave Pass
  • Time of departure and time of expected return to the College. If the student is not returning the note needs to state this.
  • Parent signature

Notes must be presented to the Head of House prior to Pastoral Group for countersigning.  The student must then show their class teacher at the time stated on the pass to allow them to leave class and then, the student must sign out via the Kiosk at Student Reception before leaving, and sign back in when they return.

Whenever possible the College asks that parents make these appointments outside school hours. Medical certificates or certificates of attendance are also required. If not provided, the student’s absence will be marked as unapproved.

You can call the school -l however we cannot always guarantee that we will be able to get the message to the student straight away which then can cause them to be late to the appointment.

Wellbeing

Some students may find that being away from school for long periods due to having COVID or Influenza leads to feelings of disconnection or anxiety when they return. To reduce this, we encourage absent students to keep in contact with their teachers through their Google classrooms or SEQTA. Heads of House and the Wellbeing team are also able to support students in their return to school.

Thank you again for your ongoing cooperation and support during this time.

John Cortese
Principal

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