This page was updated at 09:30, 22 May 2020 (updated Current Advice and FAQs)

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Up-to-date information about Catholic Education’s response to novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Parent/Carer letter regarding Zoom (video conferencing) at home


Current advice

Updated Friday 22 May

Earlier this week the NSW Government announced a return to face to face teaching for all students in schools from Monday the 25th of May.

As a result of this decision, all Catholic schools in the Wagga Wagga Diocese will be returning to normal teaching and attendance on Monday.
Since this announcement, our schools have been working closely to ensure that this return to classroom teaching can be done in a way that complies with Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) Guidelines and is in line with advice from the NSW Government.

In returning to face to face teaching we are doing so under the following principles:

  • The Health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and families is paramount.
  • Our focus on returning to school will be to ensure the support for the ongoing learning of students, particularly in these times of disrupted learning.
  • Recognising that each school and community is unique and has their our complexity in returning to face to face teaching for students, staff and communities;
  • Recognition that some learners may still be unable to return to school due to underlying medical conditions they, or their families, may have and the need to work with these families on a case by case basis.

This return to face to face teaching is essential for all students except for those who are still unable to return under health guidelines. If you or your learner are prevented from returning to school for health reasons please contact your principal to establish the best way to support you. For all other students school resumes on the 25th of May and they are expected to attend.

To ensure we meet Government health advice, only essential staff and students are allowed on school grounds and all adults must engage in social distancing when on site. If you are picking up or dropping off your child we ask that you support us to maintain social distancing at all times and comply with any requests from our staff to ensure the safety of our school community. It will be some time before all restrictions in place will be lifted, this includes restrictions on excursions and some other activities which still are not permitted.

Additional cleaning arrangements and resources have been supplied to schools to help ensure a safe environment for staff and students. Students will also be required to undertake regular hand washing and sanitising as part of daily routines. Your ongoing support and cooperation throughout these times of COVID and the encouragement you have given to your learners and our staff while we all adjust to these unprecedented circumstances, has made an enormous difference to the wellbeing of our communities.

As we have all observed, the advice from the Government is changing rapidly and we will continue to update you on changes as they impact on you and your learners.


Frequently Asked Questions

Below are responses to some of the Frequently Asked Questions that we have received from parents and carers in our school communities. Click on any of the questions to view the answer.

Please check back regularly as this information is subject to change.

If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact your school in the first instance or send us an email.

Administration

Yes. All students are required to return to school for every day that it is open and attendance notes do need to be filled in for any day that the student is unable to attend. If a student is considered a vulnerable person, is under government-directed isolation or has been formally diagnosed with COVID-19 and needs to be exempted from school, depending on the length of time away, an application will need to be approved in discussion with the school.

Yes. All CEDWW schools are open from Monday 25th with all students and staff returning as normal.

If a case of COVID-19 appears at a school, parents will be notified of actions to take. CEDWW has prepared measures if this event occurs and will follow government recommendations as they apply. 

NESA Advice for parentsYou can also subscribe to the latest updates from NESA through this page.

During the COVID emergency we are continuing to support not just the learning, but wellbeing of all our students and their families.

We recognise that these unprecedented restrictions on the operations on many businesses are having a devastating impact on many families, and their finances, and creating uncertainty for the future.

Click here to find our more about the fee relief options that may apply to you.

Home Learning Support

In the event of a school closure or because students have been asked to self-isolate, learning content will be shared via Learning Management Systems such as Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, Seesaw or email.

For enquiries in this regard, it is best to contact the school as it will be different for each school.

Yes. It is a legal obligation for students to attend school every day that it is open. If you choose to keep your child at home and you do not have an approved exemption, you will need to register your child for home schooling.

Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns and social distancing requirements the 1st Metro examination session, scheduled for 27 April – 13 June has been cancelled. Anybody with concerns should contact the AMEB (NSW) office through office@ameb.nsw.edu.au during business hours.

Any decision to proceed with subsequent exams scheduled for later in the year will be dependent on the status of COVID-19.

Yes. Each school will work towards resuming Reading Recovery interventions as school has returned. 

Student Wellbeing

During this time of uncertainty, Centacare remains committed to supporting the wellbeing of everyone especially our kids

We are noticing an increase in grief from our young people missing friends, routines and being away from their teachers.

Centacare is here to support you, children and parents especially through this time.

Our counsellors and psychologist offer counselling for children and teenagers, individuals, families, relationships management, EAP and. (parental coaching is a great one on one session with a counsellor/educators to guide you through working from home, managing children and family life whilst all at home).

Call us today on 1300 619 379 for a confidential conversation.

We are holding sessions over the phone or face to face via the internet.

You can also visit the Centacare website – http://www.centacareswnsw.org.au

Expert advice suggests that it is helpful  to keep things as simple and close to normal as possible in times where challenging emotions may be experienced – Please click here

ReachOut have a comprehensive library of wellbeing apps. You can sort through a variety of different wellbeing tools and apps for a range of mental health and wellbeing issues to find the one that suits you best.

Extra Curricular Activities

All face-to-face  lessons will cease during a school closure and this includes primary school tuition through the CEDWW Primary Years Music Program.

Where possible, tutors may email or suggest conference lessons during a period of closure, although this may be difficult to coordinate on a system basis.

If you have concerns regarding Music, please contact your child’s tutor in the first instance. The tutor will pass concerns onto the relevant Ed Services Officer and we will get back to you with a response when we can.

Based on the latest advice from Catholic Schools NSW, all school athletics carnivals and cross country events are to be postponed until further notice.

See list attached of Diocesan and Inter-Diocesan events that have already postponed-Suspended sports –  link.

Resources

Maintaining good hygiene standards is an important way to reduce the risk of acquiring and spreading respiratory infections. We ask parents and carers to promote good hygiene including handwashing with soap. Together with good cough etiquette, handwashing (external link) is the single most effective way to reduce the spread of germs that cause respiratory disease.

The NSW Ministry of Health has advice and resources about COVID-19 in:

The World Health Organisation has also publisheduseful advice on social distancing: WHO advice


Australian Government Advice

The Australian Government has published a daily alert with the latest medical advice and official reportsExternal link.

SchoolTV Report

Click on the image below to watch Dr Michael Carr-Gregg’s video on discussing Coronavirus with your children.