COVID-19 Update #7

COVID-19 Updates Monday, 18 May 2020

The Premier has announced that from Monday 11 May, 2020, students in Kindy (ELC), Prep, Year 1, Year 11 and Year 12 will be able to return to their school and ELC.  Calvary will be following the guidelines announced by the Premier.  Children of essential workers and vulnerable children will continue to be able to attend school for supervision.  If you have other circumstances that mean you would like your child to attend the College, please contact us to discuss this.

For students in Years 2 – 10, the current home-based learning arrangements will remain in place.  If low COVID-19 transmission rates continue, students in Years 2 – 10 will be able to return to College from Monday 25 May, 2020.  Confirmation of this step will be made by 15 May 2020.  It is recognised that some parents may choose to keep your child at home due to concerns about COVID-19 and this is respected. If parents choose to do this, I ask that you notify the College of your decision.

I ask parents and carers to pay particular attention to the requirement for adults to maintain physical distancing of 1.5m at all times if you need to be on College grounds.  Parents and carers should not gather in areas around the College such as carparks, at the College entry and outside classrooms during this time.  Our staff will provide polite reminders of these requirements should it be required.  Please make use of our drop and go area wherever possible.

It is essential that you keep your child home from school if they are unwell. In accordance with Queensland Health directions parents or carers of any child showing signs of illness will be asked to collect them immediately from the College.

If your child is in Years 2 – 10, their teacher will continue to deliver prepared lessons and materials via the MyCalvary platform, as they have over the last three weeks.

We recognised that some parents of Kindy, Prep, Year 1, Year 11 and Year 12 students may still wish to keep their children home from school due to concerns about COVID-19.  This is an acceptable decision and your child won’t be marked as being absent, rather that they are learning from home, as long as you have notified the College of your decision.  It is important for parents to advise the
College or ELC if they are still choosing to learn from home.  In these cases, parents and carers remain responsible for their children. This includes ensuring their children stay at home and continue their learning using the MyCalvary platform.  All students in these year levels will continue to participate in the same modified learning program. 

The decision to return Kindy, Prep, Year 1, Year 11 and Year 12 back to the College is an important next step towards returning to our regular College routines and I will continue to update you as soon as any new information becomes available.  Our College Team have greatly appreciated all the positive feedback that has been provided to them over the last few weeks. My sincere thanks goes to all parents and carers for your support and understanding during these challenging times. 

Yours sincerely

Steve Downes College Principal