COVID Update

College Wednesday, 02 Feb 2022


COVID-19 Update

February 2, 2022

RETURN TO SCHOOL

The College is expectantly awaiting the return of students for face-to-face learning on Monday 7 February 2022. Our Year 11 and 12 cohorts have started their online learning this week, with staff delighted to be engaging and connecting with students. The long-anticipated day for all students to be on campus has almost arrived, and I am writing to inform parents of the plan for next Monday.

COVID Back to School Plan

Following the announcement of the Queensland Government’s Back to School Plan, the College has put in place a plan to diligently navigate the safety and protection protocols for the return of our learning community. Please familiarise yourself with the following.

Health Advice

If your child is unwell, please keep them at home. Please monitor any Covid-19 symptoms, and if present, please attend your local Queensland Health testing clinic where students will be prioritised to get a free Rapid Antigen Test (RAT). If students present with Covid-19 symptoms at school, parents will be contacted to collect them.

If your child tests positive to Covid-19, please follow Queensland Health guidelines for reporting the test and please alert the College in writing to first.aid@bcc.net.au. The College will inform the community (generally) of confirmed Covid-19 cases within the school.

Arrangements for Drop Off & Pick Ups

Parents are encouraged to utilise the drop-off and pick-up areas. Extra parking for Junior School students can be accessed at the oval for the first week. Please follow the signs and watch out for pedestrians.

Parents are permitted to come onto the school grounds. Please wear a face mask, avoid gathering in groups and maintain appropriate physical distance.

Face Masks

Face masks are mandatory for students in Year 7-12 (including students under 12). Students are to wear a mask unless they are seated or able to maintain a 1.5 metre distance from others. Students in Year 3-6 are encouraged to wear a face mask. Exemptions for wearing a mask can be found here.

Vaccinations

The school is required to abide by government legislation and direction regarding vaccinations.
 
As such, the College has in place the requirement for all staff, contractors and volunteers to meet the requirements of the Public Health Direction for mandatory vaccinations.

There is no current mandatory requirement for school students to attend the College (both Chrysalis and the P-12 Campus). The College believes that vaccinations are a decision for parents and can reassure parents that there will be no vaccinations carried out at the College without parental permission.

Other Details

  • The RISE Café will be operational as normal from Monday 7 February 2022.
  • Large Assemblies and Chapel will be cancelled until after 4 March 2022. Unfortunately, this means the Commencement Service will not be held on 11 February 2022.
  • The HUB Library will be open usual times (8am-4pm).
  • Extra cleaning and hygiene measures have been put in place, including increased ventilation.
  • All school-based co-curricular and extra-curricular activities (eg Junior School Swimming Program, Middle & Senior School Swimming Carnival, Interschool Sport) will continue as scheduled, with the risks involved being measured and carefully considered in each instance. Extra steps for safety and wellbeing will be implemented as necessary.
  • School Camps planned for the first 4 weeks, will continue under the direction of a comprehensive risk management plan.
  • The Parents & Friends Association meeting will continue as planned.

We are eager and excited to see our students return to learning next Monday. Be assured of our diligent care in implementing every measure to minimise risk and disruption to student learning and their wellbeing during what has been a fairly complex start to the academic year. 


January 19, 2022

Essential Workers and Vulnerable Children 

The ever-changing landscape of navigating the commencement of the 2022 academic year continues to unfold and I’m grateful and thankful for the return of staff this week and looking forward to caring for our community with the arrival of Essential Workers’ children and vulnerable children next Monday 24 January 2022. 

I write to update the College community on current arrangements. 

Essential Workers and Vulnerable Children: Please Action/Note:

Registrations:

  • Registrations to attend school next week for your child/ren 4pm tomorrow, Thursday 20 January 2022. Please action your registration here.

School Operations:

  • Parents/Carers are welcome to drop off students from 8:15am and collect at 3:00pm
  • All students are to meet outside the JS Administration Building upon arrival to sign in
  • School uniform is not required to be worn. Appropriate sun-safe casual dress with enclosed shoes, may be worn, along with a broad-brimmed hat for outdoor activities. Please adhere to the BCRISE values and dress code in this instance eg. girls are expected to not wear spaghetti strap tops or crop tops that bare the midriff. Shorts for boys and girls must be mid-thigh or longer
  • A packed lunch will be required each day as the RISE Café will not be operating
  • Each day’s program will include breaks with activities interspersed throughout
  • All children from Year 7 to Year 12 are required to wear face masks (except for outdoors if they can remain 1.5m away from others that are not members of the same household)
  • If medication is to be administered at school, please complete the necessary documentation at JS Reception or MS/SS Student Services reception
  • Please do not bring electronic devices or personal board games. The College will provide a range of activities

Bus Travel

Sci-Fleet Bus Service from Agnes Water will not be operating for the period 24 January 2022 to 4 February 2022

Stewart and Sons will not be operating for the period 24 January to 4 February 2022

Duffy’s Bus Services will be operating the following routes for the College for the period 24 January 2022 to 4 February 2022:

  • #Route 4
  • #Route 50am 
  • #Route 40am
  • #Route 102am
  • #Route 50pm
  • #Route 40pm
  • #Route 102pm

Please visit www.duffysbuses.com.au for full run information and further links to maps. 

Over the coming days, all families will be receiving a “Welcome Letter” from the Heads of School which will answer all other questions for the return of students on Monday 7 February 2022.

I would value your prayers for the months ahead and for the safety and protection of all members of our amazing community.

January 12, 2022

Happy New Year to you and your families! I trust you have had a blessed and restful Christmas and New Year break. I am looking forward to the school year and firmly believe our students will thrive in so many different ways this year.

We find ourselves again wading through uncertain times as a College and a wider community. I’m sure you would agree that these are indeed unprecedented, yet God is in control and He will be our wisdom, strength and peace as, together we look forward to and plan arrangements for the commencement of the 2022 school year.

With this in mind, I write to confirm details around the return of students for 2022. In accordance with the Premier’s announcement:

  • School resumes for Prep to Year 10 on Monday 7 February 2022
  • School resumes online for Years 11 and 12 on Monday 31 January 2022 and in person on Monday 7 February 2022
  • School resumes for Kindergarten at Chrysalis as normal on Monday 24 January 2022.
  • The College will be open on Monday 24 January to provide supervision of children of essential workers and vulnerable children, only. If you are an essential worker or have a vulnerable child, please register your child/ren’s attendance via this link by Thursday 20 January 2022. The RISE Café will not be available during this time.

As a result of the later start to the academic year, the College will extend the school year by 3 days, Monday to Wednesday 5 to 7 December 2022 for Prep to Year 9 only. Year 10, 11, 12 and Kindergarten will finish as per the calendar.

Students who are 12 years old or older will be required to wear a face mask at the College as per the current health directive. We ask that when parents and carers come on site that they too wear a face mask.

Junior School teachers will email an introduction letter home to those students in their class on Thursday 20 January 2022. Middle and Senior School students will be able to access their timetables online on 28 January 2022. Mr Brendan Hosking and Mrs Elissa Vardy will be emailing parents next week with further information more specific to the relevant schools.

CALENDAR UPDATES:

Given the later commencement date, a number of events have been postponed or cancelled. Please note the new dates and arrangements below:

FAD Days:      

Postponed to Thursday 3 and Friday 4 February 2022

Secondhand Uniform Shop:

Parents are welcome to attend the College for the purpose of purchasing secondhand uniforms on the following days, in addition to FAD Days:

  • Monday 17 January at 8:10am – 9:00am
  • Wednesday 19 January (time to be advised)
  • Monday 31 January at 8:10am – 9:00am

Monday 24 January:

The College will be accepting registered children of essential workers and vulnerable children for supervision only.

Parent Morning Tea scheduled for 8:45am: Cancelled

Tuesday 25 January:

Year 12 Peer Power Leadership Day: Postponed. New date to be advised.

Friday 4 February:

Commencement Service: Postponed to Friday 11 February 2022. Only students attending.

Tuesday 1 February:            

Middle and Senior School Information Sessions: Going ahead. Details to be confirmed.

Thursday 10 February:        

JS Family BBQ and Meet the Teacher Evening: BBQ cancelled.

Meet and Greet the Teacher going ahead. Details to be confirmed.

We are eager and excited to see the faces of our students either online or in person very soon and believe these arrangements will set us up for a fruitful academic year. In the meantime, I would value your prayers for the year ahead and for the safety and protection of all members of our community.

Yours in Christian Education
— Paul Thompson

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