COVID-19 questions

What is coronavirus (COVID–19) and what are the symptoms?
What if I start to develop symptoms consistent with coronavirus (COVID–19)?
Can I/my family still travel overseas?
What if I or someone I am in contact with has travelled overseas?
What are the procedures for self-isolation and self-quarantine?
How can I reduce my risk of contracting coronavirus (COVID–19)?
Where can I access the most up to date information on coronavirus (COVID–19)?
How can I talk to my children about coronavirus (COVID–19)?

Carey questions

When the School re-opens, what steps will be taken to ensure the health and safety of students and staff?
Will school events be cancelled?
Are school trips cancelled?
I’m a Middle/Senior School parent, how will my child’s learning be supported during the School closure?
I’m a Middle/Senior School parent, who should I/my child contact about their ongoing learning during the School closure?
I’m an ELC/Junior School parent, how will my child’s learning be supported during the School closure?
I’m an ELC/Junior School parent, who should I/my child contact about their ongoing learning during the School closure?
Will Carey be offering onsite supervision of students for parents who are deemed to be essential workers?
Will student fees be adjusted to support families in the Carey community during the crisis?

COVID-19 questions

What is coronavirus (COVID–19) and what are the symptoms?
Coronavirus (COVID–19) is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms range from a mild cough to pneumonia. Some people recover easily, others may get very sick very quickly. Good hygiene can prevent infection. The Australian Government Department of Health has more information available here.

What if I start to develop symptoms consistent with coronavirus (COVID–19)?
If you or a member of your household develops symptoms consistent with coronavirus (COVID–19) such as a fever, cough, sore throat, tiredness or shortness of breath, please call either the Department of Health and Human Services coronavirus (COVID–19) helpline 1800 675 398, or your local GP to seek advice about arranging an assessment. If you are experiencing difficulty breathing, please call 000 immediately.

Alternatively, you can visit one of the coronavirus (COVID–19) assessment centres. Please call ahead before attending an assessment centre so that staff can prepare for your arrival. Mention any symptoms, recent travel details, who you have contacted, or any other relevant information.

Please also contact the School on 9816 1222 as soon as possible to advise them of your situation.

Can I/my family still travel overseas?
On 24 March the Prime Minister announced a ban on overseas travel. For the most up-to-date advice on travel restrictions visit Smart Traveller.

For further information on international travel restrictions, flight operations, airport screening and quarantine procedures visit International SOS.

What if I or someone I am in contact with has travelled overseas?
Please refer to the Department of Health and Human Services for advice about the appropriate course of action.

What are the procedures for self-isolation and self-quarantine?
Please refer to the Department of Health and Human Services for the most up to date self-isolation or self-quarantine advice.

How can I reduce my risk of contracting coronavirus (COVID–19)?
Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence against most viruses.

You should:

  • only leave your house for food and supplies, exercise, medical care or work
  • wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet
  • cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser
  • avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres away from people)

For more advice on how to reduce your risk of coronavirus (COVID–19), click here.

Where can I access the most up to date information on coronavirus (COVID–19)?
We will continue to update our community by email and Daily Messages as the situation evolves.

For more detailed information about coronavirus (COVID–19) we have listed some additional resources below:

How can I talk to my children about coronavirus (COVID–19)?
SchoolTV has prepared a helpful video to assist parents with having age-appropriate conversations with their children about coronavirus (COVID–19).

Carey questions

When the School re-opens, what steps will be taken to ensure the health and safety of students and staff?
We will continue to follow the advice of the Department of Health and Human Services in preparation for the School’s reopening. This advice relates to cleaning procedures and protocols as well as ongoing infection control and prevention measures.

Will school events be cancelled?
All School events, including sporting events and training, will be cancelled during the School shutdown period. We are monitoring the situation closely and will advise the community of any plans to cancel events beyond this time period. More information can be found on our Events and co-curricular page.

Are school trips cancelled?
All overnight programs from now until the end of Term 2 have been cancelled or deferred. For overseas trips currently under preparation we are assessing travel dates and travel advice. At this stage, the Indonesia trip scheduled for April has been deferred, date yet to be confirmed. The Donvale Canberra trip has also been deferred to July. We will keep you informed as decisions progress. More information can be found on our Events and co-curricular page.

I’m a Middle/Senior School parent, how will my child’s learning be supported during the School closure?
During the School’s closure, our teachers will be using our Learning Management System, Canvas, to deliver curriculum and support student learning. In Middle and Senior School, teachers will be outlining the week's learning through Canvas Announcements at the start of the week. This will involve a variety of direct instruction lessons by video and readings, as well as active learning through Canvas’s collaboration tools. Senior School students will also be directed to use the Canvas Conference facility for online classes during the time when they would normally have had a double each week. Teachers will also be collecting responses and giving feedback on Canvas. Because of the comprehensive nature of Canvas, and its ability to easily monitor all interactions and uploads, we do not need to use other tools such as Skype. As well as the class teachers, the House staff will be in touch with the students monitoring their wellbeing.

I’m a Middle/Senior School parent, who should I/my child contact about their ongoing learning during the School closure?
For students in Middle and Senior School, please contact your child’s Head of House or mentor teacher. For general inquiries, contact Middle School Reception or Senior School Reception. See the Support page for more information about key contacts.

I’m an ELC/Junior School parent, how will my child’s learning be supported during the School closure?
Daily learning tasks are being delivered through Canvas. Parents and students are alerted to these through announcements.

I’m an ELC/Junior School parent, who should I/my child contact about their ongoing learning during the School closure?
For students at both Kew and Donvale campuses, please contact your child’s classroom teacher. For general inquiries, contact Carey Donvale Reception or Junior School Kew Reception. See the Support page for more information about key contacts.

Will Carey be offering onsite supervision of students for parents who are deemed to be essential workers?

Carey is committed to supporting families where students working from home is not possible. We will offer families who are unable to support their children learning at home with on-campus supervision of their children as they engage in the online learning program in Term 2. This will be offered for children from ELC through to Year 12. Please contact the Principal if your circumstances are such that you require access this service.

Will student fees be adjusted to support families in the Carey community during the crisis?

We are deeply aware of how challenging the COVID–19 pandemic is for our community. Over the term break, the School Leadership Team has worked closely with the Board in considering a range of initiatives to support families through this crisis. It is our intent that no family will need to leave Carey this year as a result of financial hardship and that as a community, we can maintain all student enrolments through to the end of 2020.

Please see the Fees page on CareyLink for more information about these initiatives.