Supporting students and schools through COVID-19

Updated- 5 August 2021 

Our schools in the 11 local government areas affected by the current lockdown will implement learning from home with alternative education provisions for all classes for the remainder of this week following the directions of Queensland Government. 

Our experienced and dedicated teachers will provide quality learning and engagement during the lockdown period and will continue to support their students as they access alternative education provisions from home. Alternative education provisions include online learning and resources for students who do not have access to online platforms.  
Only the children of essential workers or vulnerable students can attend school during the lockdown, where they will receive supervision while participating in the same educational experiences as their classmates accessing learning from home.  

If you have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child please contact your school directly for support.  ​


Lockdown until 4pm on Sunday 8 August  

The current Lockdown of the 11 Impacted LGAs will be in place until 4pm on Sunday 8 August. This means:   

  • BCE schools in the Impacted LGAs will deliver Alternative Education Provision (AEP) this week.
  • BCE schools in the Impacted LGAs will remain open for students of parents who are essential workers and vulnerable students.
  • Any students attending schools this week in the impacted LGAs will receive AEP under supervision. BCE schools will  have sufficient staff on site to ensure supervision of students attending school and for the delivery of AEP. 
  • BCE schools outside of the Impacted LGAs will continue with normal operations unless the Deputy Executive Director approves an alternative arrangement. 

The updated list of exposure sites is available here. Please adhere to the Queensland Health advice for close contacts, casual contacts and low-risk contacts.   


Staffing in schools from TUESDAY 3 August 

  • In line with the Queensland Government's position, BCE schools in the Impacted LGAs will move to reduce the number of staff on school sites from this Tuesday 3 August 2021,  
  •  Please note: Only essential staff as determined by the school Principal will be required to attend school to assist with the delivery of AEP and the supervision of students attending school.

Facemask requirements at school/office 

All staff at a school site must wear masks indoors even when socially distanced, including during teaching. Masks are only to be removed if there is a student with a hearing impairment or difficulty is experienced by the students with clarity of the communication. If teachers remove the mask when speaking, they are to put the mask back on when they are not speaking. This applies to both face to face and AEP delivery taking place on the school site.  

  • Any BCE staff on a BCE school site must wear a facemask unless one of the exemptions apply. 

  • All students in Years 7 -12 attending school must wear a facemask and students attending school from Prep-Year 6 are encouraged to wear a facemask but are not required to.  

  • No parents should be allowed on the school site, and if there are exceptional circumstances to allow a parent or caregiver on-site, they must wear a mask.  

  • Staff attending a BCE Office site must wear a facemask unless one of the exemptions ​apply.​ ​


Previous updates​

1 August 2021 - Covid19 Update

2 August 2021 - Covid19 Update​


Resources

Here are some helpful resources to support parents who may have concerns about the wellbeing of their child: 

​​      ​Instilling hope in uncertain times: SchoolTV.me

COVID Fatigue & Youth Mental Health

Wellbeing checklist for primary students: Schooltv.me

Wellbeing checklist for secondary students: Schooltv.me

Coronavirus a guide for parents: Schooltv.me

Supporting reading at home in the Early Years

Engaging curriculum-based content for Kindergarten to Year 12

Tips for coping with coronavirus anxiety: Australian Psychological Society

Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak: Beyond Blue

Preparing for Remote Learning

Learning with educational programs on ABC TV Education

Home learning tips flyers

Digital skills to support learning

 

​Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) and Catholic Early Edcare

Please visit the Centacare website for the latest information on OSHC and Catholic Early EdCare services. Please note these services are not administered by Brisbane Catholic Education.

 

Archdiocese of Brisbane Mass

For further information on the guidelines for Sunday Mass Click here.

 

For more information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert

Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources

Hand-wash- Hygiene information

Infection-control-fact sheet

Smart Traveller

World Health Organisation ​


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