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. 

Student Free Days (30/03/2020 - 02/04/2020)

26 March 2020

Dear Parents and Caregivers 

As you may be aware, the Queensland Government has announced a suspension of face to face delivery for all schools effective next week as part of efforts being made to contain the current COVID-19 outbreak. As a result, Grace Lutheran College will follow the Government directive to ensure a consistent response to public health concerns.

Grace Lutheran College will suspend face to face teaching from Monday 30 March 2020.

Face to face teaching will continue tomorrow, Friday 27 March as planned.  Students who attend school tomorrow will be able to complete assessment as required, conduct normal activities and clear lockers.  Due to the uncertainty during this health crisis, we advise students to take home all learning resources. 

The College will be open Monday to Thursday next week as planned, for non-face to face teaching, and all bus routes will operate as normal. The College Libraries at both campuses will remain open during this time to provide supervision for students whose parents are essential workers, without alternative care arrangements, as has occurred over the last two days. 

Grace has undertaken significant planning in preparation for these unique circumstances. Teachers will be implementing online communication with students via Microsoft Teams. Students can expect communication from teachers next Tuesday and Wednesday requiring some engagement by the students. Guidelines for accessing Microsoft Teams and student expectations online will be emailed to parents and students on Monday 30 March. The College’s well established eGrace portal will continue to play a central role in conjunction with the Microsoft Teams platform to support online learning and assessment.

Parents please continue to check email, Facebook, the College App and our FAQ page.

Faithfully,
Grace Lutheran College

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 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. 

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.