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Notify the College - Positive Results & Household Contacts

If you have a child who:

- Has returned a positive test result (either PCR or RAT test), or

- Is a Household contact of a confirmed positive case

Please immediately notify the College via the following form:

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College Management of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Update - February 18, 2021
The Victorian Government has announced a significant easing of COVID-19 restrictions that affect the school setting. Please make note of the following changes to face mask and vaccination requirements and the management of close contacts.

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Face masks
Face masks are no longer required in any school setting (except when riding a bus). This means students in Year 3 to 6 students, and staff and visitors in Primary school are no longer required to wear face masks. The College will support any student who chooses to continue wearing a mask, including those who are medically at-risk.

Please remember: Students must still wear a mask or have a valid exemption when riding a bus, including to and from school and when on excursions.

Close contacts

Students who are household contacts of a COVID-19 case are no longer required to isolate. They can return to school provided they:
· Inform the school they are a Close Contact using the form at heathdale.vic.edu.au/parent-centre/coronavirus-updates
· Undertake daily Rapid Antigen Testing 5 times within their 7-day period.
· Wear face masks indoors if they are aged 8 and above, unless they have a valid exemption.

If any household contact returns a positive RAT result during this period, they must isolate for 7 days and not attend school.

Please note that people are exempt from testing or quarantine for 12 weeks (previously 8 weeks) after their COVID-19 isolation period.

COVID positive cases
Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must still:
· Inform the school of their positive result using the form at heathdale.vic.edu.au/parent-centre/coronavirus-updates
· Complete their 7-day isolation period.
They do not need to:
· Provide a negative result to return to school.
· Undertake Rapid Antigen Test screening for 12 weeks after their release from isolation (previously 8 weeks).

Vaccination requirements for visitors to schools
Parents, carers and other adult visitors (not performing work) are no longer required to show evidence of two doses of COVID-19 vaccine to attend campus.

Please remember, if you are working or volunteering on campus, you must still provide evidence of triple vaccination or a valid exemption.


RAT screening program extension reminder
The supply of RAT kits to students for the Government's voluntary testing scheme will continue for the first four weeks of this term. It remains recommended to test from home twice per week.

Air purifiers
The Victorian Government will be providing Heathdale with 164 air purifiers which are expected to arrive between now and the end of May. These will be used to cover all classrooms and many communal spaces around both campuses. These air purifiers will supplement the natural and mechanical ventilation employed as part of the College's COVIDSafe plan, allowing windows and doors to be closed during the cooler months to maintain a comfortable learning environment.

If you have any questions, please contact questions@heathdale.vic.edu.au.

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As a College community we continue to actively following advice from four key sources: Federal and State governments; the relevant Federal and State Health Departments; Independent Schools Victoria (peak association for independent schools); and the Department of Education.

Not all of the measures the College has undertaken have been informed by this approach. For instance, there has been no directive for schools to provide financial assistance to families, but the College thought it important to support our community in this way.

If you require fee assistance due to COVID-related financial stress, please contact accountsreceivable@heathdale.vic.edu.au to discuss your situation.

The College would particularly like to acknowledge ISV for its support during this time. Much of the information delivered by Federal and State governments has been contradictory and required clarification. ISV has directly liaised with both governments to provide accurate interpretations for its member schools.


We will continue to monitor any announcements made by the State and Federal governments and convey College decisions to our community in due course.

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What You Can Do

We are continuing to enforce good hygiene practices. We ask that you also have these conversations with your child(ren). These include:

- Practicing good handwashing hygiene (especially before eating and after visiting the toilet). Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Dry your hands with paper towel or a warm hand dryer.

- Discouraging children from touching their face/mouth.

- When blowing a nose, put the used tissue in the bin and wash hands immediately after.

- If coughing or sneezing, cover it well with a tissue (throw the used tissue in the bin), or cough or sneeze into your arm or clothing and wash your hands thoroughly after.

- If your child is unwell, such as a temperature, cough, runny nose or headache, please keep your child at home until they feel better. If there has potentially been exposure to the coronavirus, please seek medical assistance by calling your GP, your local Emergency Department, or Healthdirect on 1800 022 222.

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Helpful Resources

The Australian Government continues to update our Australian community through the below links, and we encourage you to take note of these.

Victoria & Rest of World Current Status Updates
www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert#why-is- there-an-alert

Public Information
http://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-public-coronavirus-disease-covid-19

Country & Region Advice/Alert level
http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations

When & How to Wear a Mask
https://www.who.int/emergencie...

Thanks to Wyndham Community & Education Centre who put together some videos about how to properly wear a mask in languages relevant to our community.

Hakha Chin

Burmese

Pwo Karen

Matu Chin

S'gaw Karen

Dinka

Sudanese Arabic