COVID-19 Update

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Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Catholic Schools are following the advice of government agencies concerning how coronavirus impacts students, staff and parents.

Our focus is on minimising risk and ensuring we do all that we can to ensure our communities are safe.

Get the facts

For the latest information, please refer to the following government resources:

For the latest advice from the SA government including answers to common questions, go to the SA Health Restrictions and Responsibilities page.

School closure update:

[last updated: November 30 2020]

There are currently NO COVID-19 Catholic school closures in South Australia.

There is more information about current locations of concern and school closures on the SA Health Contract Tracing page.

Families in isolation

Any family that is impacted by a SA Health directive to isolate may be able to access financial assistance.
More information on Financial Assistance is available on the SA Government website.

Catholic Education SA is working closely with SA Health and the Department for Education and we will continue to keep parents, students and staff updated regarding school closures.

General Information for Parents

Questions or concerns should be directed to your school or college principal in the first instance. You can also call the government's coronavirus health information line on 1800 253 787. This line operates from 9:00am to 5:00pm every day.

If you or your children experience any anxiety, distress or concern in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19), Beyond Blue offers wellbeing advice.

Attendance

We expect all students who are well and not considered vulnerable to COVID-19 to attend school or preschool.

Students are required to attend school unless they are:

  • Feeling unwell
  • Have a chronic medical condition or compromised immune system and are not able to attend school on advice from their medical practitioner
  • Live in a household with others that are deemed vulnerable to COVID-19 and are not able to attend school on advice of their medical practitioner
  • Have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have been required to self-isolate by SA Health
     

Physical distancing at school

Our schools are following the advice of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC).  The AHPPC does not believe that it is appropriate or practical for students and children to maintain physical distancing requirements in classrooms or corridors.

All adults must continue to follow the density and physical distancing guidelines outlined by SA Health.

A number of restrictions remain in place.  Please continue to monitor the South Australian Government website for the most up-to-date information.
 

Fee Remission

All Catholic schools in SA are providing fee remissions to families financially impacted by COVID-19.

Parents should contact their child’s school for more information.
 

Face masks

Staff - SA Health advises that staff do not need to wear masks in the classroom.

Students - Students are not required to wear masks within the school grounds but they can choose to wear them if they wish. Visit SA Health’s website for details on how to wear a mask.
 

School events

Principals are reviewing all events in line with the latest information and local context. The following guidelines apply:

  • School excursions – excursions can be held (they still need to comply with existing COVID guidelines)

  • School Camps - All camps are being reviewed on a case by case basis by SA Health. Information about camps will be provided by the local school principal.

  • Assemblies, ceremonies and special events – These can continue provided that they comply with state directions and physical distancing.

  • Transition visits - Transition visits for reception and other students can continue. Parent attendance will be minimised where possible.

  • Sport - Any school sport organised on school grounds can continue however, no more than two schools can compete. Sports held at public venues should only occur if the venue is open, has a COVID-Safe Plan and is accepting school groups. 

  • Swimming - Swimming and aquatics lessons can continue on school grounds, at lakes and beaches and public pools (providing they are open).

  • Access to school grounds - Schools will minimise parents, volunteers, and non-urgent service providers entering school sites.  

Please continue to monitor the South Australian Government website for the most up-to-date information.

 

Overseas student travel

The Directors of Catholic Education have in place a current total ban on student overseas travel or immersion trips for Diocesan schools. This ban will remain in place into 2021.

Further Information

For the latest information go to www.sa.gov.au/covid-19

A number of SA Health resources, including videos, audio recordings and fact sheets, have been translated into many languages. Find these resources at SA Health/COVIDtranslated.

The SA government’s coronavirus health information line on 1800 253 787.

 

COVID-19 Information for school communities