Coronavirus advice

Last updated 23 March, 2020

Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Limited (DOSCEL), is continuing to monitor the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The situation is changing rapidly and our immediate focus is to minimise the spread of this, and other viruses, in our schools and communities. As such, DOSCEL, in line with advice from the Victorian Government, is bringing forward the start of the holidays with all Catholic schools within our Diocese set to close on Tuesday 24 March. We will continue to monitor the situation over the coming weeks and will advise if there are any further changes to normal schooling moving forward.

During this time we encourage all staff and students to continue taking precautions to ensure their health and wellbeing. The best defense against most viruses is practicing good hand and respiratory (cough/sneeze) hygiene.

Please ensure that the following key messages are reinforced:

  • wash hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet

  • avoid touching the face (eyes, nose and mouth)

  • cover coughs and sneezes (preferably into the crook of the elbow) and dispose of any used tissues appropriately

  • avoid contact with others (more than 1.5 metres from people) if they, or another person, is unwell.

Students and staff should not attend school if they are feeling unwell and should remain at home until symptoms resolve. Appropriate medical assistance should be sought as required.

Parents/guardians/carers of students should make sure that any student returning from overseas is isolated at home and should not attend school for 14 days.

The existing advice remains that parents/guardians/carers of students should ensure that any student is isolated at home and should not attend school for 14 days:

  • following exposure to any confirmed novel coronavirus case; or

  • after returning from overseas

If you have any queries, please contact the Principal of your school.

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