COVID-19 Information

Grace Lutheran College continues to work closely with Lutheran Education Queensland and Independent Schools Queensland to monitor the situation and identify and manage any impacts on the College. Queensland Health and the Australian Department of Health are also working tirelessly to manage and contain the impact of this virus. You can be assured that we have been preparing and stand ready to act should the need arise. 

Returning to campus

Students, staff and visitors to our campuses are expected to follow social distancing guidelines and exhibit safe practices while on site. Download our COVID-19 information flyers for further details.

Chief Health Officer Advice | Information for parents and carers on returning to schools

Please follow this link to the press release from the QLD Health Chief Health Officer regarding students returning to schools.

Please continue to access information via the Queensland Health website for up-to-date information.

What do I do if my child is unwell?

If your child develops flu-like symptoms, please:

◦ Keep your child at home

◦ Avoid close contact with others such as touching, kissing or hugging, or any mass gatherings, especially those involving other children

◦ See a doctor or contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) immediately

◦ Seek medical advice if your child has other underlying medical conditions

◦ Call ahead to the medical centre or doctor’s surgery, advising of your child’s symptoms

◦ It is also important to continue to encourage your children to:

→ Dispose of tissues in the bin immediately

→ Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of their elbow

→ Use alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap is unavailable

→  Wash their hands regularly with soap and water, particularly before and after eating, and after going to the toilet

What actions is the college taking to prevent the transmission of COVID-19?

In addition to the directions provided by the Queensland Government, Grace Lutheran College is taking additional measures to help reduce the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus.  Currently, we have made the following changes to our normal school operations;

◦ Chapels are now virtual – students engage with digital content in GEL classes

◦ Interschool Sport is cancelled for the summer season

◦ Tuckshop lines are exercising social distancing

◦ Classes exercise social distancing as applicable

◦ There are no assemblies or year level meetings

◦ Additional disinfecting of high traffic surfaces is being performed regularly by cleaning staff

◦ Students are reminded to take their laptops home every evening

◦ Students should take home core textbooks every weekend until further notice.

Will the College events be modified or cancelled?

Though we will endeavour to maintain our school calendar, it is our top priority to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our College Community.

Below is a list of events in Term 2 that have been postponed or cancelled. Rescheduled dates and information regarding these events will be provided once it becomes available.  

◦ Alumni Reunion - Cancelled

◦ ANZAC Day - Modified

◦ Bright Minds - Cancelled

◦ G’day Space Tour - Postponed till 2021

◦ Grace Academy Performance Tour - Cancelled

◦ Googa Family Day (Pegasus) - Cancelled

◦ Open @ Twilight Caboolture - Postponed

◦ Open Day Rothwell - Postponed

◦ Year 10 Work Experience - Cancelled

◦ Year 12 Retreat - Cancelled

◦ Year 7 Grandparents Day - Cancelled

What happens if a COVID-19 case is identified in our college or community?

Should a case be identified in our school, Grace Lutheran College will work closely with the family and Queensland Health to respond to the situation and work to ensure that our response has the health of all members of the community as our first priority.

If there is a confirmed case at our school, it is likely that we will need to close for a period to allow Queensland Health to assess the situation. The College will work with Queensland Health to perform contact tracing as required to identify individuals who may have come in contact with a COVID-19 case. Contact will be made with parents, caregivers and staff who have come into contact with a confirmed case and further advice will be given by Queensland Health.

Grace Lutheran College will then work with our cleaning contractors and or other relevant specialists to conduct cleaning of our facilities as required, to ensure our school is safe for students and staff to return when clearance is given.

Further to any local case of COVID-19 within the College community, the Queensland or Federal Government may elect to suspend face to face teaching due to a more generalised increase in local cases as a preventative measure. Should the need arise, the College has plans in place to manage this scenario and will communicate with parents and caregivers.

Supporting Wellbeing: Students, Staff and Families

Manageing T(w)een Anxiety About COVID-19

The advent of the Coronavirus has brought with it a rise in legitimate concerns about personal welfare and safety in our communities. In addition there has been a corresponding rise in anxiety amongst students regarding the impact on their lives. 

As parents and carers, we need to remain well informed by reliable science but also provide safe place for children to come and have the questions answered and minds reassured about their future.  

Raising Teenagers provides good insight into what we can do to minimialise the stress of COVID-19 on students. We encourage all parents  and carers to read through the advice provided in the article.  We hope that parents and carers will be a safe harbour of calm in students’ lives at this time of uncertainty. 

An Interview with Susan McLean about Online Safety during COVID-19

In this interview, parenting expert, author and educator Michelle Mitchell speaks with Susan McLean (Australia's foremost expert in the area of cyber safety) on the topic of internet safety for children and teenagers. Together they discuss and gather insights about how parents and families can safely navigate and use technology during this time. 

An Interview with Dr Kristy Goodwin about Technology during COVID-19

Dr Kristy Goodwin is a researcher, educator and big ambassador of digital wellbeing for both adults and young people. In this interview Kristy Goodwin and Mitchelle Mitchell discuss the questions that we all have about technology at this time. Together they share practical, thoughtful wisdom about how to use technology to our advantage.

Technology During COVID-19 with Brett Lee and Michelle Mitchell

In this interview, Michelle Mitchel and Brett Lee cover a simple five step framework for keeping kids safe online.Brett Lee founded internet safe education in 2008 and has been working tirelessly in schools to educate parents and students about technology. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Supporting educators, children and young people

The sense of community that schools offer is important to maintain for children and young people, even as routines change due to COVID-19. Beyond Blue's Be You resource for Learning Communities provides information to help you look after students’, and your own, mental health during the outbreak.

Child and Youth Mental Health Resources

Children’s Health Queensland has compiled a list of resources available to assist families, educators and those supporting children and young people during this time. These documents and links provide information on managing both the physical and mental wellbeing of our communities at this time, as well as valuable resources to educate students on COVID-19.

SchoolTV: Preparing for Home schooling

Home schooling could soon be a reality for many adult carers as nations act to implement strategies in the prevention of COVID-19. The daunting task of establishing new routines and schedules, whilst juggling work responsibilities, could prove to be disruptive and challenging for families and schools.

In this Special Report, parents and caregivers will be provided with some guidelines on how best to navigate this time of transition with minimal disruption. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report.

SchoolTV: Coronavirus - a guide for parents

Coronavirus is an evolving international health concern. Around the world, people are being affected in many ways. In this Special Report, parents and caregivers are provided with some guidelines on how best to approach this topic whilst still ensuring the wellbeing of their child. 

We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this report.

A Letter to Parents and Caregivers

Letters detailing the current COVID-19 prevention procedures and protocols of Grace Lutheran College will be distributed to our community over email. These documents can also be downloaded below:

Letter to Parents and Carers (March 19 2020)

Letter to Parents and Careers (March 17 2020)

Queensland Government Information

Further advice and information about the Coronavirus is available on the Queensland Health website.

We thank families for their support in this matter and want to assure you that we are continuing to monitor the situation closely. If there are any changes to health advice that specifically impact the College, we will communicate these as a matter of urgency.