Updated 25 November 2020
The Covid-19 Management Plan provides guidance to the College community on how the College is managing the risk of the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The College is committed to providing a safe environment for all staff, students, parents, contractors, volunteers and visitors.
The management plan will be updated as necessary based on advice from government departments, by the Department of Health (DHHS) Catholic Education Commission Victoria (CECV) and the Department of Education (DET).
Cleaning and disinfecting will be done on a regular and thorough basis in accordance with the CECV, Department of Education and public health authority guidelines. Frequently touched surfaces and objects will be progressively cleaned throughout the day to ensure that the risk of transmission is reduced for high-touch surfaces. This regular cleaning will include the College bus and vehicles.
MANAGING INFECTION CONTROL
Fountain taps are available but it is recommended that students bring their own water bottles.
Air flow will be increased by College doors remaining open where possible, weather permitting, noting that security will be maintained.
Personal hygiene products including sufficient soap and hand sanitizer will be available and adequately re-stocked in each classroom and staffing areas. Staff and students will be encouraged to bring their own personal supply of hand sanitizer.
Restructuring the staffing areas layout to achieve physical distancing has taken place with common use objects such as photocopier signage and hand sanitizer provided for use prior and after photocopying.
Playground equipment (climbing frame) is open for use with hand hygiene being practiced before and after use.
The community may use in-door and out-door College facilities including sporting facilities in line with the permitted activities, limits and density quotas as outlined in the Third and Last Step summary issued by the Victorian Government. Enhanced environmental cleaning will take place prior to the next school day. All community use of facilities will be outside of school hours.
Staff, students, contractors, volunteers and visitors must wear a Face Mask whilst indoors, unless an exemption applies. This must be a Face Mask; it cannot be a bandana. Staff are not required to wear a Face Mask while teaching unless they wish to do so. Face Mask breaks can be taken for a short time, and may occur when eating and drinking, but should then be put back on as per the DHHS guidelines. Face masks are not required outdoors except where physical distancing cannot be maintained. It is a requirement to carry a mask at all times.
Limiting the number of students and staff on the College grounds at any given time in one area, briefings and staff meetings will remain online or with physical distancing in place if face to face.
Staggered release times for students as outlined in Parent communication updates. When children are being dropped off at school, parents are requested not to leave their vehicle when on College property. Adults should not be congregating in groups while dropping off or collecting their children.
Excursions and camps are can resume with the approval of the College Leadership Team. If a camp or excursion is authorized it will be held within COVID-19 guidelines. COVID-safe Management Plans for any camp or excursion venue will be reviewed to ensure a COVID-safe environment. All camps and excursions will meet the guidelines outlined in the CECV School Operations Guides.
All indoor and outdoor contact and non-contact sports can resume. Whilst inter-school activities can resume, there will be no interschool activities including sports for the remainder of the 2020 year.
Music classes with woodwind instruments, singing and voice projection will be limited to individual and small ensemble groups of 5 or less when indoors with no outdoor limits. Physical distancing measures and safe hygiene practices will apply.
The annual Awards event, Y12 Valedictory and Graduation will proceed in a hybrid format of live-stream and on-site attendance. Liturgies are able to be held at school in line with CECV and government guidelines.
A record of all visitors will be maintained. Visitors and parents are encouraged to make contact via the phone or email rather than present on site.
The Year 7 transition and orientation activities will fall within the parameters of the CECV and government guidelines. Social distance signage will be visible together with hand sanitizers for all people on each campus.
Hand sanitizers will be placed in the College bus. Social distancing applies with seating arrangements.
On-line lunch orders recommended to parents/students as outlined in the College’s parent communication. Queue control will be implemented at the canteen and throughout the College as required.
“Spread the Word not the Disease”
The leadership team will provide updates to educate all staff and students advising:
- if feeling unwell to stay at home and notify the College.
- guidance and recommendation to wash or sanitize hands regularly throughout the day with gel sanitizers/alcohol-based hand sanitizer available throughout the College and in the College bus and College owned vehicles.
- wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and water and dry hands properly.
- 1.5 meters social distancing.
- not to share pens or equipment with regular cleaning using disinfectant wipes.
- do not share food or drinks.
- upon entering the College/classroom/office use hand sanitizers provided.
- training in any Personal Protective Equipment including face masks (as required).
- CECV, Department of Education and Department of Health information updates as they become available.
The CECV and the Department of Education state the 1.5 meters apart and 4 square meters per person requirements do not apply in classrooms for students. The College workforce will be supported to practice physical distancing, but physical distancing is not considered necessary between students. Whilst maintaining a physical distance of 1.5 meters will not always be practical in education settings, physical distancing is important between adults. Face Masks must be worn when social distancing cannot be maintained in close spaces and interaction cannot be avoided.
Visual reminders will be displayed to remind both staff and students of the need for Face Masks, good hygiene and the need to maintain physical distancing.
Student First Aid Management
Staff will practice hand hygiene (gloves) and physical distancing. An ill student presenting to the office will be placed in an isolated space (sick bay) and contact will be made with the Parent/Guardian to collect their child as soon as possible. The student will be supervised via the sick bay camera. If there are other students in sick bay they will be removed to another area. After a student who displayed flu like symptoms has been in sick bay all surfaces will be immediately cleaned with alcohol disinfectant wipes or hospital grade disinfectant spray. Personal hygiene for staff includes wearing a Face Mask, disposable gloves, physical distancing and washing hands for 20 seconds.
MEDICALLY VULNERABLE STAFF AND STUDENTS
Parents/carers of students with complex medical needs (including those with compromised immune systems), should seek advice from the student’s medical practitioner to support decision-making about whether on-site education is suitable, noting that this advice may change depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in Victoria.
For vulnerable students they are to contact the Assistant Principal (Students) and a learning plan developed.
Staff who meet the criteria set by the Victorian Chief Health Officer should seek advice from their medical practitioner in relation to onsite attendance. Affected staff must make alternative arrangements with the Principal. The criteria to be met is as follows:
- staff aged 70 years and over;
- staff aged 65 years and over and who have chronic medical conditions;
- staff members of any age and have a compromised immune system; and
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who are aged over 50 with chronic medical conditions.
STAFF AND STUDENT WELLBEING
The College wellbeing team will provide programs and support for students. The Employee Assistance Program is available for staff use.
MANAGING A POSSIBLE COVID-19 DIAGNOSIS
Management of a possible diagnosis is based on advice from government departments, the CECV and the Department of Education.
MANAGING A CONFIRMED COVID-19 DIAGNOSIS
The College will follow the guidance of the CECV, DHHS and DET to manage and respond to reported cases of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a notifiable disease in Victoria. People who are confirmed with COVID-19 will be interviewed by DHHS (for contact tracing purposes). COVIDsafe data will be uploaded (if available) as requested by a health official.