Education: COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Last updated 12 July 2021


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are Carinity schools open?

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?

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.

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 will discuss again with students the importance of social distancing and review hand hygiene when school recommences in the new term.

Some schools which have been in COVID hotspots during the student vacation period will ask staff and students to wear masks on site for added protection. Principals will communicate with school families about specific requirements for their site. Parents from these schools will also be required to check-in using the Check-in Queensland app if they come onto the school grounds. Masks are required at least until July 16, 2021 and beyond that as directed by the Chief Health Officer.

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.

What happens if students are unwell on a school day?

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 will be notified by Queensland Health.

What happens if there is an outbreak?

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.