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Web update January 21 2021

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: January 21 2021]

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

Students will return to schools when they re-open at the start of Term 1 2021.

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
     

QR Codes

Visitors to school sites will be required to use a QR code on entry if the school displays a QR code. This will be in addition to school’s normal sign in procedures at the front office.
 

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.

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

Preventing illness

Maintaining good hygiene standards is a critical way to reduce the risk of infection.

All children and staff are encouraged to:

  • wash their hands regularly, particularly after using the toilet and before eating
  • avoid spreading infections to others by staying home if they are unwell
  • cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue.

SA Health encourages parents to provide children with their own personal, labelled and named drink water bottles.
 

Interstate and 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.

Due to the changing nature of border restrictions, interstate travel for Diocesan school camps and events is currently suspended.


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.

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