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 coronavirus (COVID-19)?
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

What steps are being 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)?
Will students and staff be required to wear face masks or other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while on school busses or other public transport?
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?
How will Carey support students who will not be able to come onsite?
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?
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 have a COVID-19 test taken at your nearest testing centre as soon as possible. You must isolate until you recieve a negative result, and please also contact the School on 9816 1222 as soon as possible to advise them of your situation. You can also call either the Department of Health and Human Services coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline 1800 675 398 or your local GP for advice. If you are experiencing difficulty breathing, please call 000 immediately.

Can I/my family still travel overseas?
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 coronavirus (COVID-19)?
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:

  • 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)
  • wear a face mask in any situation where you cannot physically distance from others.

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

What steps are being 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:

  • 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) while at school?
In line with the government guidelines, wearing a mask is required for everyone aged 8 and above in all indoor settings in Victoria, including at school.

Will students and staff be required to wear face masks or other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while on school busses or other public transport?
In line with the government guidelines, all students and staff must wear a fitted face mask when travelling on public transport or on school busses or other commercial passenger vehicles.

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 should arrange to do so online.

Any visitors to the school who will be onsite for longer than 15 minutes must sign in at Main Reception or the relevant Junior School Reception.

Will students be required to physically distance from one another?
Physical distancing is still encouraged. Staff will maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from students and other staff where possible.

How will Carey support students who are not able to come onsite?
There will not be an online program run by teachers in any section of the school. Please contact your School Section Head for more information. 

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.

How will the Bulleen campus operate?
Physical Education classes will resume on our Kew and Bulleen campuses. 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
  • all students in Year 7 or above must wear a face mask while on school busses.

Will the School canteen be fully operational?
The Quad will be open from 8.00am to 2.00pm daily. Physical distancing and hygiene measures have been implemented in line with government directives.

Will school events be reinstated?
To maintain COVID-safe requirements, we will need to make adjustments to many school events that involve parents and guests from outside the School, as we need to ensure that physical distancing is maintained whenever there are adults beyond the staff onsite.

Are school trips cancelled?
Overseas trips for 2022 are currently under review.

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