Catholic Education South Australia
19 Nov 2020
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Rising above the COVID challenge

As South Australians experience their first day of a 6-day lockdown, Catholic Education SA is working hard to support the students who attend every one of its 101 schools.

It has been an extraordinary week with Thomas More College forced to close on Monday morning due to a confirmed COVID-19 case. Holy Family Catholic School and the co-located Alive Catholic Early Learning Centre closed later that same day. Mount Carmel College was also required to close the following day.

By lunchtime on Wednesday, all schools across the State were notified that school closures would take effect from midnight.

“We will get through this pandemic together,” said Dr Neil McGoran, Director, Catholic Education South Australia.

“Our young people are resilient, and our dedicated and caring principals, teachers and school staff will continue to work alongside our families to support the wellbeing of every single one of our students.

“We have three key principles that underpin our decision making and actions at all times and especially through this COVID pandemic.”

1: Your child’s learning and wellbeing are our priority

Learning continuity and wellbeing matter for children and young people.

We know the importance of community and connection.  We also know that learning is an entitlement for children and young people.  Therefore, we will provide learning and pastoral support remotely and online for students in our schools.

2: No child who needs care will be turned away

No child will be denied access to his or her school, preschool or early learning centre throughout these closure days.

If parents are required to work, or if a student requires school as their safe place, we are there for you.

3: We will stay connected and keep you updated

We all benefit from regular and reliable information.

Our schools are committed to providing their communities with regular and accurate updates and information. 


“We have all learnt during this pandemic that information travels fast, and some of it is misinformation,” says Dr McGoran.

“Similarly, as situations change, so do decisions and restrictions. Our leaders will continue to be agile and responsive in this rapidly changing environment.

“Let us continue to treat each other with grace and kindness as we get through these next days together.”

For the latest Covid-19 alerts and updates, please visit our Alerts page

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