Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness

​Catholic schools are open, and we will continue to follow government and health authority advice. Queensland Health’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Jeannette Young, has advised that pre-emptive school closures are not likely to be proportionate or effective as a public health intervention to prevent community transmission of COVID-19 at this time.

We respect and understand the decision of the small minority of parents and caregivers who are keeping their children at home during this time. Parents are best placed to make this decision based on individual family circumstances. At St Peter’s our teachers continue to plan and implement engaging learning experiences for the children in the classroom.

Our teachers are also working together to refine our plans for alternative learning arrangements if required. When planning for alternate learning we are considering what will be the most effective and consistent mode of delivery that will be equitable for all families and sustainable for staff.

As you would be aware the symptoms of COVID-19 are very similar to the symptoms of influenza. It is important that students who are unwell and displaying influenza- like symptoms do not attend school. Please keep your child at home if they are unwell. Additionally, if you are contacted to collect an unwell child, a timely response would be appreciated.

As the current situation grows, it can cause anxiety and angst. Although children are considered to be in a lower risk category, this does not protect them from being exposed to news reports on television, radio or social media. Parents are encouraged to reassure your child, dispel any myths or untruths, and help them feel informed, allowing them to focus more on positive messages. Below is a link to a video to help parents provide children with the support they need in these uncertain times.

https://schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/special-report-coronavirus

We are well supported by Brisbane Catholic Education and will continue to communicate and implement responses and recommendations as they evolve. It is our intent to continue to provide you with all relevant information and as much certainty as possible in this uncertain time.

Currently this includes:

  • A COVID-19 Tab on our Website (at the top of the page) with up to date information
  • Preparation for alternative educational provisions that will accommodate varying levels of online access and student devices should these alternative arrangements be needed.
    • Survey re access to learnin​g from home sent yesterday
  • Establishment of a School Incident Response Team
  • Cancellation or postponement of non-essential school events including:
    • Whole school events such as assemblies/ liturgies/ masses
    • Sporting events/ trials
  • Establishment and promotion of hygienic practices:
    • Social Distancing
    • Increased and additional cleaning throughout the school including antibacterial cleaning of touch points
    • Cessation of shared stationery practices
    • Reinforcement of effective hand washing through signage and teacher expectations
    • Provision of hand sanitizer throughout school and routine opportunities for use
    • Greater segregation of eating areas
    • Hygienic use of bubblers, students encouraged to fill water bottles rather than use bubblers. Thank you for your understanding and support as we navigate this challenge.


Letter from Archbishop 

Please access this link for important Archdiocesan information including a decision regarding Parish Masses. 

20200319 Message to the Archdiocese - COVID-19.pdf


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