Update to COVID-19 settings for Term 1, 2023
Working within Victorian Government and MACS (Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools) guidelines, the following are some of the many measures we have in place to ensure every possible effort is made to keep our students and staff safe and that our school remains open.
COVID Safe measures have changed, but schools are required to continue to implement important practices to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Rapid Antigen Tests
- It is recommended that rapid antigen tests (RATs) are used by students and staff if they: − have symptoms of COVID-19 infection, no matter how mild − are a household or close contact of someone who has COVID-19 − are a social contact of someone who has COVID-19.
- Schools will no longer distribute Rapid Antigen Tests.
- Rapid Antigen Tests are available for all Victorians from council sites. Individuals can obtain two free packs (10 tests) for themselves and two free packs (10 tests) for each of their household members. People with disability and their carers can get up to four free packs (20 tests) in line with existing RAT distribution for people with disability.
- If your child/(ren) test positive for COVID-19, they should isolate for at least 5 days or as long as they have symptoms.
- The Department of Health recommends that all Victorians report their positive RAT result via the online form or by calling 1800 675 398.
- Schools are no longer required to inform their school community of a positive case associated with the school.
Air Purifiers / Face Masks
- Schools must continue to ensure air purifiers are used, external ventilation is maximised, good personal hygiene is encouraged, and face masks are made available for staff, students and visitors who wish to wear them.
- Hand sanitiser is provided at all entry points to the school buildings, in classrooms and in all staff offices and common areas;
- Reminders are provided to all staff and students regarding the importance of hand sanitising.
General advice and support
Advice and further information can be found on the Coronavirus Victoria website.