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

Free rapid antigen tests are available for all staff and students in Victorian schools for the first four weeks of term 2 2022.  Tests for the first 2 weeks of term 2 were sent home at the end of term 1.

It is recommended that you test your children before school twice per week.

If your child/ren return 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.
If your child returns a positive result,

  • quarantine your child for seven days
  • advise the school about the positive result 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.
  • If a student or staff member tests positive through a Rapid Antigen Test but doesn’t have symptoms and has not been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 it is recommended getting a PCR test within 48 hours and stay isolated until  they receive their result.  If the PCR test is negative, the student or staff member can return  to school.
  • Please see updated information below regarding household contacts
  • Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19, have completed their 7-day isolation period and are subsequently asymptomatic do not need to undertake surveillance testing for eight weeks.

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.

Updated Information regarding household contacts

Where a student 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.

Additional safety measures for household contacts

  • Notify the school that your child/ren are a household or household like contact and that they will be attending school;
  • Undertake daily rapid antigen testing five times within the 7 days (if you require extra tests the school can provide these);
  • Wear a face mask when indoors (if aged 8 years and above or unless they have a valid exemption).

Vaccination requirements

All staff are required to have received three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine unless an official medical exemption applies.

Third dose vaccination requirements also apply to Visitors, Contractors and volunteers (including parent helpers) performing work on site.

Parents, carers and other adult visitors are no longer required to show evidence of COIV vac if not performing work or volunteering at the school. 

Vaccination is not mandatory for students; however, in alignment with health advice, vaccinations are strongly encouraged as the best way to protect individuals, families and school communities from further outbreaks and the spread of COVID-19.

Air Ventilators / Ventilation

We have received 37 air ventilators 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.

Masks

While recommended, face masks are not required in any school settings from 11.59pm 22 April 2022. Any students or staff members who wish to wear a mask may do so, including those who are medically at-risk.

This means students in Grades 3 to 6 and staff and visitors to primary schools are no longer required to wear face masks.
COVID-19 Household contacts attending school who are over 8 years of age are required to wear face masks indoors unless they have a valid exemption.

Everyone including students aged 8 years and above must wear a face mask when travelling on public transport, taxis or ride share vehicles.

Face masks may used as an additional temporary risk-mitigation measure in exceptional circumstances, for example if a school experiences high levels of or prolonged transmission.

The school will continue to provide face masks for those staff and students who wish to wear them.

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.

Other measures

Note that in line with reduced restrictions we will be reviewing our arrangements regarding parents/carers coming on site at the beginning and end of school days.  Further information will follow.