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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.

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 020 080. This line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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

Latest Information

Updated on Thursday July 30 2020
 

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


Mandatory COVID-19 test required every 7 days for essential travellers

This information is particularly relevant to families of our schools in the South East.
 
Essential travellers crossing the border into South Australia aged 16 or over are now required to have a COVID-19 test every 7 days.

Staff and students (aged 16 years and over) who cross the border need to be tested as soon as possible. 

Evidence of a COVID-19 test, or a COVID-19 test result must be provided to an authorised officer (on request) relating to a test completed in the previous 7 days. It will then be necessary to keep being tested every 7 days until further notice. 

 

Vulnerability to COVID-19

Employees and students who are considered vulnerable to COVID-19 should consult their medical practitioner when deciding to return to the workplace or school.

The government’s coronavirus health information line on 1800 020 080.


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.

 

Resumption of activities (from 29 June)

From Monday 29 June, the following listed activities can resume at the direction of a school principal, providing government health advice and physical distancing requirements are strictly followed:

  • parents, volunteers, school support and other service providers may again enter school and preschool grounds. (All external service providers and volunteers must complete the site access forms on entry.)
  • school assemblies
  • class photos
  • intrastate camps and excursions
  • school sport competitions, sports days and carnivals, including inter-school competitions (but the use of change rooms and shower facilities is not permitted)
  • inter-school choirs, bands and other performing art activities
  • school formals, socials and discos
  • playgroups and occasional care
  • larger face-to-face professional learning activities.

Essential service staff – such as psychologists, speech pathologists, social workers - can attend schools, preschools and early childhood services at the request of the principal. Online or remote site supports are encouraged to proceed where it is appropriate.
 

Restrictions that remain in place

  • It is important that students and staff stay home if they are unwell.
  • Physical contact (even between students) must be limited. Non-physical greetings should be encouraged.
  • School, preschool or early childhood visits to nursing homes cannot recommence.
  • The general public should not access school playgrounds or play equipment.
  • Parents must continue to physical distance, including at school pick up and drop off.
  • Interstate and overseas travel remains on hold.


Camps and excursions

Principals can consider requests to conduct camps and excursions in line with the guidance provided by government, health and CESA officials.
 

Fee Remission

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

For Catholic schools governed by the Archdiocese of Adelaide and the Diocese of Pt Pirie, families who have lost significant income due to COVID-19 will receive a total school fee remission effective immediately, initially for a period of 3 months. 

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

Affected schools:

  • There are no current Catholic school closures in SA