25 June 2020
Update 13 on SMC Response to Coronavirus (COVID – 19)
Parents, Guardians and Friends,
I thank you for your patience, understanding and faithful support during this very difficult time for our school community. The decision by the Department of Health and Human Services to close our College last weekend was sudden and devastating. We had no choice and access was prohibited for all staff, students and parents.
Deep cleaning of both campuses commenced on Sunday, 21 June and has continued all this week. Meanwhile, remote learning resumed despite the fact that some students and staff were without books, computers etc. due to the unexpected closure and the prohibition for anyone to enter the property to retrieve them.
The good news is that St Monica’s College will open once again from Monday, 29 June from midday for students. Monicans can come and collect their items from midday if they wish. No other people such as parents, siblings, friends, will be given access.
There will be only one entry point on each campus – the Campus Receptions on Davisson Street and on Dalton Road. No other entry or exit points will be opened on Monday. Our telephone system will be open for calls.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has provided direct and specific advice to any individuals who came into close contact with the two staff members who tested positive about self-isolating and looking after themselves. The two staff members are in a stable condition.
Any other numbers attached to St Monica’s College by authorities or the media were not staff members. These people, however, were in close social contact with them and tested positive to the virus.
All other members of the school community who have not been contacted by DHHS have not been identified as close contacts and therefore are able to undertake normal activities unless otherwise advised by DHHS.
Importantly, we must continue to monitor our own and the health of our children daily during this time. Should you or your child develop any symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath, please remain at home and seek medical advice (call ahead to alert your doctor about the confirmed cases of coronavirus at the school and any of your symptoms before visiting and take this briefing letter as evidence).
If you or your child has a health condition or complex health needs, please discuss this with your medical doctor. Check DHHS and CEM websites for more information.
Term 3 for students resumes on Tuesday, 14 July. A Staff Spirituality Day is scheduled for Monday, 13 July, which will be pupil-free.
Saint Monica, loving patron of our College,
We place our trust, hope and safety in your hands.
Grant us the strength to approach Term 3 with confidence.
We are people of prayer and perseverance; peace through unity. Amen
Brian E. Hanley