COVID-19 Update #6

COVID-19 Updates Monday, 20 Apr 2020

As we begin to turn our attention to what Term 2 will look like for us all, I want to take the opportunity to speak into a number of issues that will provide clarity for our Calvary Community.

1. Learning from Home

From 20 April 2020, all Queensland schools, including Calvary Christian College, will be fully operational and moving to a home-based learning model for the first 5 weeks of Term 2. During this period all students who are able to learn from home should do so.

Bus runs will continue as required by families. Any changes to your bookings need to be communicated to the bus department as per the usual process. ABV will continue to operate. Should you wish to change your booking please contact the ABV Centre as per the usual process.

2. Essential Workers and Vulnerable Children

From the start of Term 2 until 22 May 2020 inclusive, all students are requested to learn from home, except for students in the following categories:

  1. Children of essential workers on days when they are not able to be supervised at home and no other arrangements can be made. Essential worker means any worker who must continue to attend their workplace for essential business during this time.
  2. Vulnerable children include children identified by schools or who, are currently receiving services from Child Safety, including children who are subject to a child protection order or are subject to a youth justice order.  

Where the student is learning at home, the parent or carer is responsible for the student’s safety and well-being at home or elsewhere.

Advice regarding the model of learning for the remainder of Term 2 2020 will be provided by Calvary Christian College by mid May 2020.

3. Curriculum and Supervision

Students who attend Calvary onsite during Term 2 will receive support by teachers to participate in the same learning program that is being delivered by the College to students who are learning at home and being supervised by parent or caregiver.  
Assessment and reporting for Term 2 / Semester 1 will be adjusted by teachers to reflect the nature of learning over this time.

4. On-site Health and Safety Measures

Social distancing will be implemented in classrooms. To maintain appropriate social distancing, student numbers will be limited to accord with the size of the learning space. To ensure compliance with social distancing measures, students and families should not
congregate in areas around the College (e.g. before or after College in car parks/outside classrooms/at the College Entry). All persons entering and leaving the College grounds should maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from each other. Unwell students are not to attend the College, and the College will require parents/carers to collect any student who presents as unwell during the day.

All suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases will be escalated (via QLD Health) and any measures such as self-quarantine, contact tracing will be managed as required.  College cleaning will prioritise those areas in use by students and staff, with extra attention to high touch point surfaces such as door handles, light switches, desks, toilets, taps and sinks.

5. Support with Technology in Your Home

As mentioned in previous updates we do not expect parents or caregivers to become teachers while students are learning from home. The recent survey completed by our families indicated those families that required support. Should you or your family require further support with Technology please contact the college at -

Yours sincerely

Steve Downes College Principal