Important COVID-19 Update - 17 March 2020

17 March 2020

Dear St Edmund's Community,

I am conscious that there has and will continue to be much concern in the community about the COVID-19 virus. On Saturday, the College was informed that the older sibling of a Year 9 St Edmund's student was confirmed as positive for COVID-19.

Please let me stress that the Year 9 student remains at home, symptom-free. There is currently no evidence of transmission at the College and to date we have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 .

Over the weekend the Prime Minister confirmed the following:

• Schools will remain open
• Schools will respond to confirmed cases of COVID-19 as required on the advice of health authorities in which case individual school closure is likely
• All international travel arrivals will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon entry
• Social distancing continues to be a key response in assisting to contain the virus
• Mass gatherings of greater than 500 people are not to proceed
• Non-essential gatherings need to be reconsidered with current health concerns in mind.

In response to the Prime Minister's briefing the College will:

• remain open and continue normal routine as much as possible
• continue educating our students about the importance of social distancing and personal hygiene
• suspend all College interstate and international travel, as well as trips, camps and tours
• review our calendar with respect to non-essential gatherings , sport and cultural activities
• cease all assemblies
• prepare for continuation of learning in the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19.

As a contingency, students will be asked to remove all textbooks from their lockers over the coming days and store these at home.

While the College has endeavoured to move to online texts through the Box of Books application, some subjects still require hard-copy books.

In the event that students are directed to not attend, our Learning Continuation Plan will be enacted, and students will then have access to the necessary books through the online application as well as hard-copy books retained at home.

In the meantime, could you encourage your son to check his timetable every evening and to bring the necessary hard-copy text to school daily as required.

Thank you for your continued partnership and support.

Yours sincerely,
Ray Celegato

They can because they see they can.