COVID-19

St. Anthony’s COVID Safe Plan

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.

Rapid Antigen Tests

The Victorian Government will continue to provide rapid antigen tests (RATs) for use by students and staff for the remainder of the 2022 school year – we have been advised that these will be provided 3 times each term. Given the current high number of cases across Victoria we will continue to send these home with the students. If you require additional tests for your children please contact the office and we should be able to supply these.

It is recommended that rapid antigen tests are used by students and staff when symptomatic.
RATs are also required to be used for five days if a student or staff member is a close contact of a confirmed case and they are attending or working at a school.

If your child/ren returns a negative result you do not need to take any action, your child can attend school unless of course they  have any symptoms in which case they should remain at home.

Positive Cases

If a student or staff member tests positive to COVID19, either through Rapid Antigen test or PCR test they must
  • Isolate at home or in private accommodation for 7 days (inclusive of weekends) and do not attend school during this period.
  • Inform the school, that they have tested positive to COVID-19 by emailing office@sameltonsth.catholic.edu.au. Please include the date of the positive test and if applicable the date of onset of symptoms.
  • You must also report your child’s positive test to the Department of Health via the COVID-19 Positive Rapid Antigen Test Self-Reporting Form or call centre on 1800 675 398.
  • A negative test is not required to return to school following completion of 7 days of isolation.
  • If a student or staff member tests positive through Rapid Antigen test, but they don’t have symptoms or have not been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 it is recommended getting a PCR test within 48 hours and stay isolated at all times until they receive their result. If the subsequent PCR test is negative, the student or staff member can return to school.

Face Masks

Current advice from the Victorian Government is wearing a face mask can help protect you and those around you. Face masks stop droplets spreading when you talk, cough, sneeze and laugh, which lowers your chance of spreading or catching the virus.

The advice also strongly recommends the wearing of face masks in indoor settings (noting that exceptions to the recommendation apply to teaching circumstances when clear enunciation or visibility of the mouth is essential).

Masks are available at the school for staff and students wishing to access.

It has been reported in the news today that Students over the age of eight are being asked to return to wearing masks in class as the number of daily COVID-19 cases across Victoria continues to hover around 10,000.  We are awaiting confirmation from Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools and will send an update via Operoo once this is received.

Household Contacts of Positive Cases

Where a student or staff member is a household contact of a positive case (that is, they have spent more than four hours with someone who has COVID-19 inside a house, accommodation, or care facility) they must inform the school. Household and household-like contacts are no longer required to quarantine as long as they take additional safety measures in the 7 days that would have been their quarantine period. If household contacts do not undertake the safety measures they are required to isolate and test on Day one and Day 6 of isolation. Household contacts are required to inform the school that they are attending during the 7 day period.

Additional measures to be taken by household contacts

  • Notify the school that they are a household contact and will be returning during their 7 day period;
  • Undertake daily rapid antigen testing five times within the 7 days;
  • Wear a face mask when indoors (if aged 8 years and above) unless they have a valid exemption;
  • Are not permitted to visit hospitals or care facilities unless an exemption applies

Parents / Carers who are positive

Parents/carers who are positive cases are able to leave isolation if other arrangements cannot be made to transport someone they live with to and/or from school. The person leaving self-isolation must travel directly to and from the location, making no stops, unless there is an emergency or as required by law. They must remain in the vehicle at all times, unless it is reasonably necessary to leave the vehicle to deliver the person to and from school. They must wear a face covering at all times while transporting and delivering the child.

Vaccination requirements – Mainstream Schools

From Saturday 25 June, all school staff , volunteers, contractors and visitors (including parents) are no longer required to meet COVID-19 vaccination requirements to attend on site.

Air Purifiers

We have received 43 air purifiers from the Victorian Government and these are now operating.  There is one in every classroom plus others in common areas of our school including our new Sports Hall, Padua Hall, our staffroom, and other common areas.   Wherever possible, both internal and external classroom doors are kept open throughout the school day  and windows are opened.

Hygiene

  • 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 resources about what to do if you test positive to COVID-19, or you have been told you are a contact, are at: Your COVID Checklist | Coronavirus Victoria, or call the 24/7 Coronavirus hotline on: 1800 675 398.