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College Management of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Update - November 25, 2021 The Victorian Government requirements for testing, isolating and quarantining have changed for schools. When the College has been notified of a positive case on campus, it will inform students and staff it identifies as Primary Close Contacts (PCCs) to get tested and isolate.

Once PCCs have received a negative COVID test (PCR) result, they are able to return to campus as long as they have supplied evidence of that result by 7am of that day through the form supplied to them.

Those students and staff who have been identified as a positive case need to quarantine for:

- 7 days if fully vaccinated & supply evidence of a Day 6 negative test result in order to return to campus.

- 10 days if unvaccinated & supply evidence of a Day 9 negative test result in order to return to campus.

The College will only contact families who are immediately impacted to reduce communication load on the whole College. We will support families throughout this process and provide as much notice to parents and guardians as possible.

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When on campus, as we all pursue a safe campus environment, parents/guardians are asked to note the following:

- All Students in Years 3-12 travelling on College buses (including excursions) must wear a mask (unless a valid exemption applies).

- All Students in Years 3-6 must wear a mask while indoors on campus (unless a valid exemption applies)

- All Visitors entering a building on campus must first attend the Main Administration building and follow this 2-step process:

1. Check in via the Services Victoria QR code
2. Check into College Campus via our Visitors login device – You will be asked to complete your details and (in alignment with the Victorian Government requirement) provide evidence of your full vaccination status. Our staff will be required to record the sighting of this evidence according to the following Department of Education policy: COVID-19 Vaccinations – Visitors and Volunteers on School Sites : Policy | education.vic.gov.au.

If you require an alternative solution, please contact the College on (03) 9749 1522 (Werribee) prior to attending campus to discuss arrangements.

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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.

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Burmese

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