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 students and staff be required to wear face masks or other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?
My child is experiencing mild symptoms of coronavirus (COVID–19). Do I need to keep them home?
As a parent, can I enter the school grounds to drop off or collect my child, or to meet with my child’s teacher?
Will students be required to physically distance from one another?
When onsite learning for all year levels resumes, how will the School support students who will need to continue remote learning?
What measures will the School implement if there is a positive coronavirus (COVID–19) diagnosis in our staff and student body?
How will you manage the increased traffic to campus when students return to onsite learning?
When will APS sport resume?
How will the Bulleen campus operate?
Will the School canteen be fully operational?
Will school events be reinstated?
Are school trips cancelled?
I’m a Middle/Senior School parent, who should I/my child contact about their ongoing learning while they are working remotely?
I’m an ELC/Junior School parent, who should I/my child contact about their ongoing learning while they are learning remotely?

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?

The School will take all measures possible to ensure the health and safety of everyone on campus. The School has employed additional cleaning staff who will be on a non-stop rotation of the campuses, with particular focus on regularly disinfecting bathrooms, kitchens, door handles and other high-traffic areas. Other measures in place include:

  • Daily temperature checks of all staff, students and visitors upon arrival at the School
  • Hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes readily available throughout the School
  • Closure of all communal water fountains/bubblers
  • Ensuring regular audits of toilet facilities and cleaning supplies
  • Reinforcing advice to students and staff regarding hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes with one’s elbow, placing used tissues straight into the bin and avoiding touching one’s eyes, nose and mouth.

Will students and staff be required to wear face masks or other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?
All students over the age of 12 coming onsite will be required to wear a face mask while at school. Teachers will not be required to wear face masks while teaching, but they will be at all other times. All students and staff will be required to wear a face mask when travelling to and from school.

My child is experiencing mild symptoms of coronavirus (COVID–19). Do I need to keep them home?
We request that any student or member of staff experiencing any degree of cold or flu symptoms stay at home, even if the symptoms are very mild. As per the government guidelines, you must seek medical advice or contact the Victorian Government Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 to establish if and where to attend for testing. Further information is available from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

As a parent, can I enter the school grounds to drop off or collect my child, or to meet with my child’s teacher?
Parents are advised to drop their children at the school gate rather than coming onsite in order to minimise the number of people on campus at any time. Junior School students will be met at school gates by teachers who will escort them to their classes. If parents need to contact their child’s teacher for any reason, they can arrange to do so online.

If it is absolutely necessary for a parent to come onsite, prior approval by the School Section Head must be obtained. Any visitors must sign in at Main Reception or the relevant Junior School Reception, and will undergo a temperature check, and must wear a face mask.

Will students be required to physically distance from one another?
Year 10, 11 and 12 students who are currently onsite are requested to maintain physical distancing from one another, including at lunchtimes and on the oval. Staff will maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from students and other staff where possible.

When onsite learning for all year levels resumes, how will the School support students who will need to continue remote learning?
For some members of our student body, the safest thing will be for them to stay home and continue their remote learning. While we are unable to run a hybrid program once onsite learning has recommenced, Senior School teachers will keep their Canvas page current so that students can follow the work independently. Any extended student absences will be discussed and managed by the School Section Head and Head of House. 

What measures will the School implement if there is a positive coronavirus (COVID–19) diagnosis in our staff and student body?
Any positive coronavirus (COVID–19) cases of students or staff who are currently attending school onsite will be reported to DHHS as per the government guidelines. In the event of a confirmed case, authorities will work the School to provide advice and support for enacting their coronavirus (COVID–19) management plan to contain any outbreak and commence contact tracing.

How will you manage the increased traffic to campus when students return to onsite learning?
Parents are encouraged to drop their children off a few streets away from the School and walk them to the school gate in order to reduce the number of cars around the campus. Junior School students will be met at school gates by teachers who will escort them to their classes.

When will APS sport resume?
The APS Summer Sport season has been cancelled. CareyFit, a revised sports program for all year levels, will be implemented in Term 4 in place of APS sport.

How will the Bulleen campus operate?
Physical Education classes will resume on our Kew and Bulleen campuses, but in the immediate term the Geoffrey Stevens Pool Complex will remain closed. Non-contact sports will be encouraged in our Physical Education lessons and hand hygiene will be practiced. The maintenance teams will ensure the provision of and access to hand sanitiser to support this.

Buses will be used to transport students to and from our Bulleen campus. Our coach provider, Panorama Coaches, has implemented the following practices:

  • all touch surfaces will be sanitised before departure from the depot, between and at the conclusion of trips
  • anti-viral fumigation twice a week in line with direction from the Department of Transport
  • hand sanitiser is provided to all drivers
  • cordoning off the front row of seats on both sides of the bus so that no passenger is within 1.5m of the driver

Will the School canteen be fully operational?
The Quad will be open with a modified menu from 8.00am to 2.00pm daily. Physical distancing and hygiene measures have been implemented in line with government directives. School Sections will allocate Middle and Senior School students times to purchase food for recess and lunch. Junior School Fleximeals lunchboxes will operate as normal with co-ordinated pick up times. Donvale will move to lunch orders only with no counter service this term.

Will school events be reinstated?
All events during the lockdown period are cancelled. Term 4 events beyond this period are under review, and we will advise as soon as possible. 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 the lockdown period have been cancelled or deferred. All overseas trips for 2020 and 2021 have been cancelled. More information can be found on our Events and co-curricular page.

I’m a Middle/Senior School parent, who should I/my child contact about their ongoing learning while they are learning remotely?
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, who should I/my child contact about their ongoing learning while they are learning remotely?
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.