As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, the health and safety of our school communities and the continued learning of our students remain our highest priority. In accordance with NSW Health, below is a summary of some of the new rules for your information.

From 11.59pm on Saturday 17 July further restrictions came into place. Please click here to view the NSW government health advice.  At this time these restrictions are in place until 11.59pm on Friday 30 July.

Remote learning – Under current health orders, learning at home continues to be strongly encouraged.  

Schools are conducting classes remotely and will continue to liaise with their students and families closely on what this means and looks like for each student.  All families are encouraged to discuss any questions or concerns with their school Principal directly.

On-site School supervision – Parents who are essential workers and unable to arrange care for their child/ren at home are able to send their child to school.  No student will be turned away from our schools.  

This includes students attending schools within the Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool LGAs.  The health orders prohibit movement outside of the LGA for work purposes but not for education.

Students at school will have onsite supervision while they access their remote learning lessons.

QR Codes – Anyone attending our school sites during this time is required to check in and out with a QR code.  Parents and carers are not permitted on the school site and are asked to drop off and pick up students in a covid safe way. 

Masks – Adults and secondary school students above the age of 13 years are required to wear masks indoors and maintain physical distance from all other adults, unless they have an illness, condition or disability that makes wearing a mask unsuitable.  Anyone leaving their home must also have a mask with them at all times.

HSC students:

  • Our schools will advise students about arrangements for trial HSC exams
  • Our students are asked to learn from home where possible
  • They can however, access their school to prepare for the HSC where they cannot do so from home, including to use specialist equipment to work on major projects or rehearse for performance exams
  • Students must follow all COVID safe practices at school, including wearing a mask
  • The COVID illness/misadventure process is available if students are unable to work on their major project or a performance has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions.

HSC Exams update –

  • Oral language exams rescheduled to – 14 August – 18 September
  • Drama performance exams rescheduled to 6 September – 17 September
  • Society and Culture Personal Interest Project due date extended by two weeks – 9 August

For further HSC information, please visit the NESA page.

Feeling unwell – Please remember that staff and students are not to attend school if unwell, even with the mildest of symptoms.  They should not attend a school site until they have received a negative test result and are symptom free.

We understand that the return to remote learning and the lockdown restrictions are challenging for students and their families.  Please feel reassured that our schools are here to support you and your child during these challenging times.

Sydney Catholic Schools monitors the information about COVID-19 provided by our governments and their departments daily, and we regularly assess our risk mitigation strategies to ensure we have plans in place to protect everyone in our school communities.

Our schools continue to operate with increased vigilance around hygiene. SCS has created quick tips which can be printed and placed around classrooms and homes. The World Health Organisation has produced detailed advice on the prevention of COVID-19.

Flu-like and other COVID-19 symptoms
Any staff member or student exhibiting flu like symptoms or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 must not attend school. If they exhibit symptoms while at school they are to be sent home. Once symptoms occur any staff and students must undergo and COVID-19 test and not return to school until they can provide proof of a negative test to their school officials.

If a student or family member tests positive to COVID-19 they are requested to contact their school principal as a matter of urgency and they must complete a full 14 days self-isolation quarantine as advised by NSW Health. A list of News & Updates is available from NSW Health, we ask out communities to follow any advice or guidelines given there

Facemasks
Face mask rules have changed. You must wear a face mask at indoor non-residential premises in NSW.
Please follow the current information on masks on the NSW Health advice of face masks.

Continuity of learning
Our schools are committed to facilitating continued learning for students despite interruptions to normal school attendance.
While our schools remain open, rest assured we are working on contingencies should circumstances change.

Parents can access frequently asked questions about remote learning for more information.

Online etiquette
During remote learning situations we ask parents to be conscious of the social protocols around various home learning platforms. It’s important parents remind their children that expected behaviours in the ‘virtual classroom’ are the same as those in the real world.

This guide to Zoom for parents aims to help you maintain the wellbeing of your child while learning online.

As COVID-19 continues to impact our daily lives, we believe it is vital to address any concerns for the mental and emotional health of our school communities. Sydney Catholic Schools has highly effective student support structures and resources in place to help build students’ resilience. These may also assist to alleviate any anxiety or concerns related to COVID-19 and its impact. They include:

  • counsellors who provide skilled, student and family centred support in all primary and secondary schools. CatholicCare counsellors offer much of this support. Plans for the provision of remote services are currently being developed.
  • highly-trained student wellbeing personnel who continue to provide support to our schools.

Children and young people, while not considered to be in a high risk category, may be exposed to news reports, social media and general discussions about the unfolding events. Parent resources are available to help guide the conversation around coronavirus.

Talking to your child about COVID-19
School.tv has released a helpful short video that details how to talk to your child about the pandemic. Other resources to guide the conversation:

For advice on maintaining positive mental health, Beyond Blue, Headspace and Reachout are all reliable sources. The Smiling Mind app is a free tool to promote mindfulness and also includes information on how to support children in times of crisis.

Support is also available through the following phone counselling services:

  • Beyond Blue – 1300 224 636
  • Lifeline – 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800
  • CatholicCare’s Parentline  – 1300 1300 52, and Careline on 13 18 19
  • Mental Health Line – 1800 011 511

General inquiries and translation services
A 24-hour Service NSW hotline is available to help people with any difficulties during the COVID-19 period.
For assistance, phone 13 77 88. For free help in your language, call Translating and Interpreting Services on 13 14 50 and ask them to contact the Service NSW hotline on your behalf.

Remote learning resources

Last updated 23 July 2021