Education: COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Last updated 30 March 2021


Are Carinity schools open?

** Carinity Education Southside is in the Greater Brisbane region and subject to the current COVID-19 lockdown. The school is open for the children of essential workers and vulnerable students only. **

** Students or staff who have attended any of the venues listed on the Queensland Health Contract Tracing alert page, at the times listed on that page, must follow the public health advice to be tested for COVID and quarantine at home for 14 days. **

All Carinity Schools are fully involved in classroom learning. Unless a government directive is issued to the contrary, Carinity Education will continue to provide predominantly face-to-face learning options, while children with medical vulnerability or who have family members who are medically vulnerable will be able to continue learning from home without penalty.

Our staff are committed to working with all students to ensure that progress continues in all aspects of their development: academic, spiritual, social and emotional during this challenging period.

Will students who elect to learn online cover the same content as students who physically attend school?

We expect only a few students to be learning from home now that we have such a low number of COVID-19 cases in the state and none through community transmission. Students who do elect to remain at home will complete substantially the same work as those who attend school in person although practical elements of subjects will be limited. These students will have a contact youth workers and teachers will make contact should this be requested for specific subject assistance. They may be asked to attend school on some days to complete practical tasks.

What safety measures is Carinity putting in place to protect students who physically attend class from coronavirus?

Following the public health directive all staff and secondary students are wearing face masks where it is not possible to socially distance. This includes in some classrooms and when travelling to and from school.

For the majority of our students, who choose to attend school, classes may be a little different than normal as we practice social distancing as far as possible and observe additional hygiene practices. While we welcome all our students and look forward to their attendance, it is important for any student who is unwell, even if the illness is only minor, to remain at home to prevent the spread of any illness. If students show any COVID symptoms they should be tested and remain at home until a negative result is received. Should a positive result be received the school must be notified.

Sportsexcursions, and school events are available with eased COVID-19 restrictions although we will be carefully assessing all risks prior to considering participation in any activity. We also encourage parents and carers to phone the respective school prior to arriving at Reception. We will discuss again with students the importance of social distancing and review hand hygiene when school recommences in the new year.

Students who choose to attend school may have their temperature checked and recorded either when the bus calls at their home or on arrival at school each day. Any student whose temperature is above 37.5oC will not be allowed to board the school bus (if at their home) and will be sent home. We will arrange medical assistance if required.

In the unlikely event of any COVID infection within a school community we will follow the advice of the local Public Health Unit and inform families promptly.