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Welcome to Term 3!
We trust you are enjoying the holiday break and are refreshed and prepared for an engaging Term 3 commencing next week, Wednesday 15 July for all students.
It will be a term where certain elements of school life will return to some level of normality, and others will still have restrictions in place.
I write with an update regarding the easing of restrictions for our BCC families as follows:
- Assemblies, camps, and excursions may now operate;
- Instrumental Music programs, ensembles and choirs may now rehearse;
- Inter-School Sport may resume;
- RISE Cafe will re-open during Term 3 (Date to be advised); and
- Volunteers will be permitted on site, by approval.
There continues to be restrictions in place, including:
- Entry to the College beyond the Reception foyers is limited to essential need only. All individuals (parents/carers, visitors and contractors) permitted to enter the school, beyond reception, must complete a COVID-19 Visitor Declaration Checklist.
- Drop off/pick up will only be permitted by the parent/carer, at either Junior School or Middle and Senior School car parks.
- It is essential that students who are unwell are kept home. In accordance with Queensland Health directives, parents or carers of any child showing any signs of illness will be asked to collect them immediately from the College
- Parents and Carers are asked not to congregate in areas within the College, such as car parks, at the school gate or outside classrooms;
Secondhand Uniform Shop
The Secondhand Uniform Shop is open by appointment only through the main Office Reception, or online using the link below. Bookings can be made Wednesday mornings between 8:40am to 9:40am and on Thursday afternoons between 2:00pm and 3:00pm. Please report to the Office where you will be served.
The ongoing support of our families, as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 restrictions is highly valued and appreciated.
Transition to Return to School - Phase 3
I am delighted to confirm that in accordance with the recent Government directive, Years 2 to 10 students will resume regular school life next Monday 25 May 2020.
All Learning@Home will cease and the College will operate with all students in attendance from Monday.
To protect our community, I have included some of the actions to be undertaken during Phase 3:
By the College:
- Cleaning services increased.
- Commit to continue to practicing good hand washing and cough-sneeze hygiene.
- At this point in time, assemblies, inter-school activities, camps, excursions, formal sports, swimming or arts events will not run.
By Parents and Students:
- Upon returning your child/ren on Monday 25 May 2020, please maintain social distancing of 1.5m at all times.
- Students are to be dropped off/picked up only by their parent/carer, at designated points (Please observe directional signage).
- Parents and carers are asked not to gather in areas within the College, such as car parks, at the school gate or outside classrooms during this time.
- Volunteers are asked to refrain from being on site in accordance with Government directives. Regular volunteering is not in operation.
- It is essential that students who are unwell are kept home. In accordance with Queensland Health directives, parents or carers of any child showing any signs of illness will be asked to collect them immediately from the College.
- Normal procedures for reporting absences resume.
Secondhand Uniform Shop
The Secondhand Uniform Shop is open by appointment only through the main Office Reception, or online here. Bookings can be made Wednesday mornings between 8:40am to 9:40am and on Thursday afternoons between 2:00pm and 3:00pm. Please report to the Office where you will be served.
Please note that the Rise Cafe will not be operating for the remainder of Term 2.
All large and small ensembles will begin rehearsals in Week 8 - Monday 8 June 2020, which will coincide with the next stage of the State Government's 'Road Map' in lifting restrictions. We will continue to observe the social distancing requirements as much as possible during these rehearsals.
- Middle and Senior School Twilight Concert, scheduled for Tuesday 16 June 2020
- Senior Strings and Symphonic Band workshops.
Should you have any concerns about rehearsals, please contact your child’s conductor.
We are excited to welcome all students back to school this coming Monday, 25 May 2020. Thank you again for your ongoing support, in adhering to the Government directives and keeping one another safe as we walk through the reopening of our society over the coming months.
Reminder: Transition to Return to School
We wish to remind our community of the arrangements under which BCC will operate from Monday 11 May 2020:
- Learning@Home will cease for: Kindy, Prep, Year 1, Year 11 and Year 12.
- For students in Years 2 to 10, the current Learning@Home arrangement will remain in place.
- Children of essential workers and vulnerable children will continue to be able to attend school for supervision.
To protect our community, I have included some of the actions to be undertaken during Phase 2:
By the College:
- Cleaning services increased
- Undertake to continue to practise good hand washing and cough-sneeze hygiene
- At this point in time, assemblies, interschool activities, camps, excursion, sports, swimming or art events will not run.
- Staff social distancing will continue e.g. observation of the 1.5m rule, and the 4sqm rule indoors (e.g. staff lunchrooms
By Parents and Students:
- Upon returning your child/ren on Monday 11 May 2020, please maintain physical distancing of 1.5m at all times.
- Students are to be dropped off/picked up, by their parents, at designated points (Please observe directional signage).
- Parents and carers are asked not to gather in areas within the College, such as car parks, at the school gate or outside classrooms during this time.
- Parents are to use the pick-up/drop off areas as per the guidelines at the end of last term.
- Volunteers are to refrain from being on site in accordance with Government directives.
- It is essential that students who are unwell are kept home. In accordance with Queensland Health directives, parents or carers of any child showing signs of illness will be asked to collect them immediately from the College.
- Report student absences (Kindy, Prep, Year 1, Year 11 and Year 12) as per normal procedures as expectations around ‘missed work’ may apply.
As noted in my earlier email this week, should low COVID-19 transmission rates continue, students in Years 2 to 10 will be able to return to school from Monday 25 May, 2020. Confirmation of this step will be made by the Queensland Government by 15 May 2020. I will continue to update you as soon as any new information becomes available.
Transition to Return to School
We are pleased to confirm the Premier's announcement that from Monday 11 May 2020, BCC Learning@Home will cease and regular school life will resume for Kindy, Prep, Year 1, Year 11 and Year 12.
For students in Years 2 to 10, the current Learning@Home arrangement will remain in place. Children of essential workers and vulnerable children will continue to be able to attend school for supervision.
If low COVID-19 transmission rates continue, students in Years 2 to 10 will be able to return to school from Monday 25 May, 2020. Confirmation of this step will be made by the Queensland Government by 15 May 2020.
When returning your child/ren to school, I request parents and carers pay particular attention to the requirement for adults to maintain physical distancing of 1.5m at all times. Parents and carers should not gather in areas around the school such as car parks, at the school gate and outside classrooms during this time. Please make use of our pick-up/drop-off area as per the guidelines at the end of last term. Volunteers will need to continue to refrain from being on site.
It is essential that you keep your child home from school if they are unwell. In accordance with Queensland Health directives, parents or carers of any child showing signs of illness will be asked to collect them immediately from the College.
The decision to return Kindy, Prep, Year 1, Year 11 and Year 12 to school is an important next step towards resuming our regular school routines and I will continue to update you as soon as any new information becomes available.
BCC Learning@Home Website
We have developed a dedicated website for the Learning@Home phase we are currently in. We invite you to visit this website, which has been designed to assist you during the COVID-19 pandemic. This website is an essential tool for BCC in communicating with families about College life, with regular updates and new information being added regularly, as we all learn and adapt to this new phase. The BCC Learning@Home website can be accessed through our main College website.
Day 1 Information
Families who engage with Learning@Home, from home.
- What to expect: Your classroom teacher will communicate their expectations with you, including a suggested daily timetable via Class Dojo.
- Resources: Parents are invited to the JS Drive-Thru via the Junior School drop off and pick up zone on Monday 20 April between 9:00am and 1:00pm to collect resources for your child. (Please note that Year 5 students do not need to pick up any resources).
Families of essential workers with children who will attend school.
- What to expect: Your child will engage with the same Learning@Home while on campus. This will be facilitated with our staff supervising students in small groups, ensuring appropriate social distancing is occurring, as outlined by the Queensland government. Our normal operating hours of 8:40am until 3:00pm have not changed. Students are to congregate outside the Junior School Reception area.
- Resources: Students will be provided with all necessary learning resources at school. Normal uniform expectations apply. Please send your child with a packed lunch as per normal.
Middle & Senior School
Families who engage with Learning@Home, from home
- What to expect: Students will be following their normal timetable of lessons for their online learning. They will be expected to be online at the commencement of each lesson to meet their teacher. In their first lesson, teachers will ensure students understand the online platform and the expectations for learning activities for future lessons.
Families of essential workers with children who will attend school
- What to expect: Your child will engage with the same Learning@Home while on campus. This will be facilitated with our staff supervising students in small groups, ensuring appropriate social distancing is occurring. Our normal operating hours of 8:40am until 3:00pm have not changed. Students are to congregate in the Secondary Undercover Area by 8:40am each day.
- Resources: Students will work on their laptops. Normal uniform expectations apply. Please send your child with a packed lunch as per normal.
Limited or No Internet: Families who have advised the College that their internet access is limited will be individually advised of the learning activities for Learning@Home.
Flexibility in Learning@Home
It is important that children continue to grow and have a sense of consistency in their learning. Routine, predictability and ongoing engagement helps children progress and achieve in their learning journey. BCC recognises that many families are juggling a variety of new arrangements in their family lives, and that Learning@Home may add extra pressure to the household. We encourage you to prioritise the wellbeing of your child and yourself, and if it means limiting the amount of schoolwork they complete on any given day, this is fine.
Teachers recognise this and have accounted for the varied learning needs and environments of each student. Whilst we desire students to grow and progress, we understand that family relationships are incredibly important and may need to take priority for the sake of sanity and the needs of the family.
As the journey of education continues into Term 2, I would remind you of our Bible verse of the year. 1 Peter 4:10 says, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” We have the privilege of partnering with BCC families through service in Christian education. We desire our families and students to feel supported and empowered to take the Learning@Home opportunity to develop their gifts and to glorify the Lord through this
As forecast in our previous communications, 'Learning@Home' will be the learning model for the first five (5) weeks of Term 2. To align with the Government's directives, all students will be learning at home, except for students in the following categories:
- Children of Essential Workers on days when they are not able to be supervised at home and no other arrangements can be made;
- Vulnerable children include children identified by schools or who;
- are currently receiving services from Child Safety, including children who are subject to a child protection order;
- are subject to a youth justice order
- Children in designated indigenous communities
Where the student is Learning@Home, the parent or carer is responsible for the student's safety and wellbeing at home or elsewhere
During last week's Zoom Meetings with families, I shared that the College will deliver three (3) models of learning to our students:
- Learning@Home with internet
- Learning@Home without internet
- Facilitation of Learning@BCC for students of Essential Workers only
Over the past few weeks, the College has been working diligently to ensure the continued delivery of quality education to our students through:
- Facilitation of on-site supervision;
- Media Platforms such as Dojo in the Junior School and Microsoft Teams, TASS and Zoom for Middle and Senior School;
- Preparation of resources for students in Junior School (excepting Year 5 at this stage) and students without internet access:
- Drive-Through pick up of resources at the rear of the College for Junior School families on Monday 20 April 2020
- Drive-In pick up of resources at the front car park drop-off zone for Middle and Senior School families
Further directives about the learning landscape for the remainder of Term 2 will be available from the Government in mid-May.
Definition of Essential Worker
'Essential Worker' means any worker who must continue to attend their workplace for essential business during this time. It is imperative that BCC families abide by this definition to ensure only students whose parents must leave the home for their work, send their child/ren to the College for the supervision of their learning. Through observation of this directive, our school community will be contributing to the goals of the nation in diminishing the curve of Covid-19
Register of Essential Workers
Should you be an Essential Worker, as defined above, please contact the College no later than 3:00pm, tomorrow, Wednesday 15 April 2020 to register your child/ren's names for Facilitation of Learning@BCC by clicking and completing the form below or by phoning the Administration Office on 4132 5800.
Your child/ren's education and wellbeing are of the utmost importance to the College and we are here to support you with their Learning@Home over this next period of time. As we embark on this journey together, we too, seek your support from home through encouraging your child/ren in their learning.
We are here for you. Please don't hesitate to contact us for whatever support you require.
UPDATE #3 - 27/03/2020
With the announcement made yesterday, about Week 10 (next week) being a Student Free Week, there are some key pieces of information parents and carers need to know.
Time to Prepare
The focus for teaching staff is to prepare units of work for Term 2, in preparation for alternative learning. Being able to deliver differentiated learning, whilst students are at home, requires a considerable amount of time to prepare. Teachers will not be delivering units of work next week, for curriculum learning. Essentially, students will have a three-week holiday. We do not know if this alternative learning will eventuate in Term 2, however we have been told by the governing authorities, to prepare for this very real possibility.
During next week, we will communicate with you about 1 (one) day where we need to test this ‘learning from home’ arrangement. As a College community, we ask you to engage with us, to allow us to assess the platforms and identified areas for success and further development. Stay tuned for more information regarding this early next week.
All assessment that was planned to occur in Week 10, has been postponed. Individual teachers will communicate alternative measures in due course.
Thank you to those who have contacted the school to indicate they need their children cared for next week. Please note that this is ‘supervision’ and not normal school.
• Junior School students are to make their way to the Year 6 area.
• Middle and Senior School students to the HUB upstairs.
Their attendance will be marked upon their arrival. Normal drop-off and pick up rules and times apply. Students are to wear their Sports uniform and bring their lunch.
The Government has said that buses will run as normal. We have no reason to believe this is not still the case.
No doubt you are all aware about the rules around social distancing. Importantly, during these student free days and holidays, the police do not want to see students congregating at shopping centres and public places. Shopping centres are for those shopping for essentials only, police will be patrolling and moving on anyone with no business being there. I would encourage you to do your part in abiding by these rules so we can help stop the spread of COVID-19.
I do hope this information helps parents and carers understand next week in more detail. My desire is to make sure you as parents and carers understand what is happening each and every step of the way as we navigate this pandemic together. Have a blessed weekend, stay safe and keep our nation in prayer.
UPDATE #2 - 26/03/2020
As the COVID-19 response continues to develop and change, we have received further updates today that effect the operations of schools in order to prepare for an alternative learning arrangement.
This morning, the Queensland Premier and Education Minister announced that all schools are to go to Student Free Days from Monday 30 March to Friday 3 April inclusive. School holidays will continue as normal, and at this time, school will return as normal for Term 2, Monday 20 April.
The Student Free Days have been provided to allow schools the opportunity to plan for continuity of student learning, in the event that the education sector needs to move to alternative learning arrangements at the commencement of Term 2. At this stage, OSHC, Vacation Care and Chrysalis ELC are still operating as normal.
Continuity of Learning
Our mission is to provide a Christ-centred education within a caring environment equipping students to make a positive impact on the world around them. This mission will not change. We will be using this week to develop our own learning contingency plans, based on our existing curriculum planning and applying our unique knowledge of our students, our communities and our context to ensure we are prepared.
During the Student Free Week, teaching staff will be testing their alternative learning arrangements as part of their preparation. We will communicate with parents in greater detail as to what this looks like in due course. We do require that parents and students engage with us to help us provide authentic learning opportunities.
If you are an essential worker and are unable to organise other supervision arrangements for your child, please contact the Main Reception. We will have supervision available during this time. If you have already contacted the College, there is no need to contact us again.
I would like to assure you that our decisions are being made in response to the latest most accurate information issued to us directly. Sometimes the direction changes, and this can be challenging for all of us. Be assured that our decision-making is based on best practice, expert advice and in conjunction with our College Board.
Finally, I would remind you of the Lord’s peace during this time. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You Keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” I pray that we would be a community of peace and a community that looks out for and helps one another during these uncertain times.
UPDATE - 26/03/2020
I would like to continue to thank you for your support and understanding during these uncertain and changing times. There are regular updates as the COVID-19 virus continues to escalate and new measures are put in place.
With the support of the College Board, and in accordance with the latest information from both State and Federal Government, our school will remain open until we are advised otherwise. We have been informed that the operations of schools might change in the future, however this is the advice given so far.
Student Free Days
In preparation for alternative learning environments, I would like to advise you that Thursday 2 April and Friday 3 April will be Student Free Day. During these days, staff will be working tirelessly to test, troubleshoot and finalise alternative learning arrangements, in preparation for the possibility that Term 2 will look different.
At this stage, dependent on the official health and government advice, we intend on returning to school for the commencement of Term 2, on Monday 20 April. Further communication will be issued confirming the details of the decided format of learning.
I understand for some parents and carers, this decision may have some impact. If you are an essential worker and are unable to organise other supervision arrangements for your child, and they are in the Junior School, please contact the Main Reception. We will have face to face learning opportunities at the school during this time.
As a parent myself, navigating the right thing to say with my children about COVID-19, is a challenge. I would encourage you to be informed and positive about the situation in front of your children. For more information about this see the button below for further resources.
I am sure you can understand that our staff are under enormous pressure. They are doing a wonderful and professional job at managing their own concerns, preparing and teaching face to face lessons whilst developing alternative learning arrangements. It is true that our absentee rates are rising as parents are choosing to keep their children at home. At this point in time, our focus is on face to face teaching and learning. Please be understanding that if your child is absent from school, that their teacher is probably in class. They will do their best to get back to you in a timely manner.
Look after each other
Finally, it is in these times where, we as a community, can find ourselves isolated. I would encourage you to be intentional, reach out to friends and parents in our community. The social distancing can impact on our well-being if we allow it to. A challenge I’d like to set you: ‘who have I reached out to today?’ It is through little things we exercise intentionality, and we strengthen our community.
UPDATE - 23/03/2020
As Principal, it is important to ensure our communication with you is consistent and informed. There has been a lot of discussion over the weekend from the Prime Minister and National Cabinet around the functioning of schools, with some states making individual decisions. On the advice of the chief health and medical officers, it is agreed that “pre-emptive closure of schools is not proportionate or effective as a public health intervention to prevent community transmission of COVID-19 at this time.” We as a College, are doing everything we can to ensure the teaching and learning of your child continues in the face of this pandemic.
In line with the clear Government advice we have received, the College will continue in its current form until we are instructed otherwise. Our current focus areas include:
- Communication—we are being deliberate in keeping families informed with regular updates, so students and parents know the current state of play.
- Alternative learning arrangements—teachers are testing their means of alternative learning arrangements with students and parents, in anticipation of a mandated closure.
- Social Distancing—measures have been put in place to encourage students keep their space, both inside and outside.
- Hygiene—staff and students are taking the time throughout the day to ensure appropriate hygiene measures are occurring multiple times a day. We will continue to operate in line with current, leading hygiene practices.
- Cleaning—our cleaners have increased cleaning practices, in line with new protocols.
You may have heard that NAPLAN testing has been cancelled for this year. The Education Council, consisting of all education ministers, indicated that the decision was “taken to assist school leaders, teachers and support staff to focus on the wellbeing of students and continuity of education”.
With so much uncertainty about the future, I would like to remind you of our commitment to provide innovative and engaging learning opportunities for your child. We understand that some of you may have had changes to your work situations. If your work circumstances have resulted in a substantial change of income, please have the conversation with our accounts team prior to making any decisions about the enrolment of your child or children.
Support each other
I would also like to remind people that we can support each other. Our Business Chamber is one practical way we can support small business (www.bcc.net.au/community/bcc-business-chamber).
How you can help
We are asking parents to support us at home by doing the following:
- Please reinforce the need for hand-washing regularly as well as ensuring good hand coverage and suitable amount of washing occurs (20 seconds)
- Remind children not to touch their faces (or only to do so directly after hand washing)
- Reinforce that sneezing should be done into their elbow
- Students need to stay at home if anyone is feeling unwell
- Please ensure all lunch boxes and bags are cleaned thoroughly each night. Drinking containers also should be sanitized each night.
- Students should not bring handkerchiefs to school rather be supplied with their own small pack of tissues. (Students are also able to bring their own hand sanitizer if they wish).
- Students should not be sharing their equipment. Please ensure they have what they require each day to limit any unnecessary contact/transmission
- Parents should also now have a long-term strategy in place for childcare/supervision if schools close (even if this is not needed to be enacted).
There is much to consider and plan each day as and when announcements are made at a state and national level. We are doing our best to keep you informed and deliver our message to the community in a measured way. As a College, we thank you for your ongoing concern, support and prayers.
We do not know what the future holds, however I am comforted knowing that the Lord is journeying with us. Isaiah 41:10 says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
UPDATE - 18/03/2020
The COVID-19 virus is a very challenging situation, and I am especially grateful for how we are responding to such an unknown quantity. In my previous correspondence to the community, I stated that we are preparing should a case of COVID-19 be identified in our College community. The College, with the support of the College Board, is acting upon advice from all relevant Government departments, both nationally and state.
Our response to COVID-19 is all about being informed, measured and helping the wider community with the containment of this virus.
Updated Operational Matters
After much consideration and consultation, I wish to inform you of the following decisions, as of Thursday 19 March 2020:
- Volunteer’s will no longer be able to help in the daily life of the College, which includes the BCC Academy of Sports and the RISE Café.
- The RISE Café will be closed until further notice.
- Parents and carers are to use the drop off/pick up areas and not park and walk into the College grounds. We will have staff available to help our younger students get to their classrooms from the drop off areas.
- All Term 1 excursions will be postponed until further notice.
- The BCC Academy of Sport program will cease for the remainder of Term 1.
- Term 1 Parent/Teacher interviews will be postponed until further notice.
- All District, Regional, State, Interstate and National School Sport trials and events have been cancelled indefinitely.
As a College, I believe this is the best way to help contain the spread of this virus, whilst acknowledging that I look forward to the day where we can all meet and engage in face to face conversations with parents, students and staff.
We continue to expect that all parents and carers within the College community will ensure that they are aware of and comply with these Government and College requirements.
If there were to be a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the College community, under the direction of the Department of Health, it will most likely result in a short-term closure for cleaning and identification of those with close contact for isolation. In these situations, to date, schools have generally reopened within a matter of days
As a public health strategy, a broader mandated closure of our school will result in a longer-term closure. In this event, it will likely take months before we can open again. The danger for our school is not just closing too late, but also reopening too early again and exposing students and staff to still lingering infection
Should we need to close the College and students be required to continue their learning at home, we will move to delivering our teaching and learning on other familiar platforms. Below this letter is what this looks like for each department, year level and/or teacher. We will be talking to and showing our students about this over the next few days. It is our goal to ensure that we remain equipped to deliver our teaching and learning programs.
Finally, I want to leave you with a reminder to us as Christians: "For we have not been given a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, love and of self-discipline" (2 Tim 1:7). In these uncertain times, I encourage you to seek strength in the truth found in His word.
We will continue to keep you updated as and when there are significant changes or new developments. We encourage you to remain personally informed of the latest Government advice and invite you to stand with us in prayer for our nation and immediate community.
UPDATE - 15/03/2020
I am writing to further update you on the changing situation in response to COVID-19.
The National Cabinet met today, and the Prime Minister has confirmed the following:
• Schools will remain open and respond to local issues as required and on the advice of health authorities
• All international travel arrivals will be required to self-quarantine on arrival back in Australia for a period of 14 days
• Mass gatherings of 500+ people are not to proceed
• For other non-essential gatherings, consider the need to proceed and the issues of health and hygiene/social distancing as further mitigations to the spread of the virus
This has a significant impact on the operations of the College. The various impacts this has on daily life in the College and how we are currently dealing with this pandemic is outlined below.
We need to ensure the health and safety of our students, families and staff as best we can. As such, the following temporary measures are being put in place as of Monday 16, 2020:
• Assemblies and Chapel will not be held in JS, MS & SS
• The Years 3-6 Swimming Carnival will be postponed to a later date and will not be held on Friday 20 March, 2020
• The P&F Bush Dance will be postponed to a later date and will not be held on Saturday 21 March, 2020
The Australian Government announced that all people arriving in Australia must now self-isolate for 14 days on their arrival back to Australia, from midnight tonight.
If this applies to you or you are planning an overseas trip, please contact Katrina Daniels at the College and let her know of all relevant details (travel destinations, dates, etc). She can be reached by phone or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Continuity of Teaching and Learning & School Business Operations
As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we are preparing our contingency plans to ensure our students can access their learning online. We will be communicating this with you in a timely manner should we be required to close for a period of time.
In the meantime, we are taking all necessary actions to support health and hygiene within the College community. We ask that you speak with your children about personal health and hygiene and discuss with them the following:
• Washing your hands often with soap (or alcohol-based hand sanitiser) and water before and after eating, as well as after using the toilet
• Avoid contact with others (including touching, hugging, hand shaking)
• Coughing and sneezing into your elbow rather than your hand or open space
• Keeping an appropriate distance between yourself and others
• Disposing of used tissues and materials with bodily fluids, in an appropriate manner.
At this stage, we are continuing to allow volunteers to continue in the same manner as they have so far this year. Upon entering and exiting the College, please avail yourself of the hand sanitisers.
As we have already seen across the world, this situation is likely to continue for some time and is changing and as such, our preparations must be for the short, medium and long term.
As our response to COVID-19 is all about containment, I ask that you continue to take all necessary actions to support the health and hygiene in our College community and act in a protective and preventative manner to help limit the spread of this novel coronavirus.
Thank you for your vigilance in minimising the risk to your children, staff and community during this time.
As the current situation regarding the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to rapidly develop, I need to inform you that we are closely following advice from Queensland Health and are continually planning to be prepared for potential impact upon the Bundaberg Christian College community.
The College Executive have been preparing and stand ready to act should a case of COVID-19 be identified in our school. If this occurs, we will work closely with Queensland Health to guide us in terms of containment and continued operations. As continuity of learning is extremely important to us, we will ensure students are prepared and equipped to continue classes externally.
During this time, the health and wellbeing of our students remains our number one priority. The new measures the College has put in place, is that we are now asking our College families to follow a new protocol for unwell students:
Should your child demonstrate one or more of the following symptoms listed below, we ask that your child remain at home and contact your general practitioner for advice. At this point in time it is recommended, that these symptoms be treated as a common cold / influenza.
- Flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue
- Shortness of breath
An exception applies to cases involving contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case or travel from a high risk region. Such cases may involve additional requirements.
In the meantime, the College is continuing to enhance hygiene delivery across our campus. We are asking all students, parents and staff to do their part in reducing risk in preventing the spread of germs by:
- Washing your hands often with soap (or alcohol-based hand sanitiser) and water before and after eating, as well as after using the toilet;
- Avoid contact with others (including touching, hugging, hand shaking);
- Coughing and sneezing into your elbow rather than your hand or open space;
- Keeping an appropriate distance between yourself and others;
- Disposing of used tissues and materials with bodily fluids, in an appropriate manner.
As this is a continually changing and difficult situation, it is important to remember that we need to be prayerful, measured and considerate of how we manage and approach this potential risk.
For BCC families, we require that anyone follows these guidelines and immediately notify the College Enrolments Officer by phone 07-4132 5800.
Update to Travel Restrictions
The Australian Government today added Italy to the list of travel restrictions, alongside China, Iran and South Korea. The Commonwealth travel advice follows the decision that all school/departmental international student and staff travel should not proceed until further notice for all destinations other than New Zealand.