Last Updated: Thursday 2 April 2020 | Recent updates (since Monday 30 March) are listed in RED.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Prince of Peace Lutheran College will be using this page to communicate important information and updates regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This page will be reviewed daily, and should be the point of truth for parents to access up to date information relating to the coronavirus. We will continue to email parents with important information and updates. In addition, information will continue to be placed on the Prince of Peace Lutheran College Facebook page as well as the PoP App.
Thank you to our amazing community for all of its support of us and one another during this time.

Latest Information

The Queensland government has announced that Week 10 (Monday 30 March – Friday 3 April) will be a pupil free week for all schools.  This does not mean that schools have been closed.  Prince of Peace is still open and operational.  Unless government directions change, Term Two will commence on Monday 20 April.

Prince of Peace Lutheran College continues to monitor the ongoing worldwide situation of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and would like to reassure parents that the health and wellbeing of our students, staff, families and community members is always our number one priority. At this point in time, no schools in Queensland have been directed to close.

As we continue to be alert and not alarmed, all actions and recommendations taken by the College are in consultation with Queensland Health and the Department of Education to ensure we are well informed and prepared.

Prince of Peace is prepared for a range of scenarios, and we have outlined below a number of recommendations to families as this situation continues to evolve.

Prince of Peace confirms that as at 2/04/2020, there are currently no known cases of the novel coronavirus in our school community, and the measures we are taking are in line with government recommendations.

The College will be adapting our practices with respect to how we engage with students, and with respect to certain programs, activities and events.  These changes aim to minimise the potential spread of infection.

The following changes are now in place:

  • Qld Government Directive – Pupil Free Week: Monday 30 March – Friday 3 April
    The Premier and Minister for Education announced on Thursday 26 March that schools will move to five student free days next week, making Friday 27 March the last day of Term One.  As previously announced, Prince of Peace will continue be open for children of essential workers (i.e. everybody with a job) and vulnerable students or families for these days. Care and supervision will be provided, but there will not be curriculum delivery in Week 10OHSC will continue to operate on these days for those families who require it also.
  • The onsite uniform shop (School Locker) will be closed for the foreseeable future.
  • Year 12 Curriculum for 2020 has been modified by QCAA.
    QCAA has announced that they intend to remove one of the internal assessments from the total of four prescribed in each syllabus.
  • NAPLAN for 2020 has been cancelled
  • Schools have been advised today by the Education Council of Australia that NAPLAN, including any leadup practice tests, have been cancelled for 2020.  Further information can be found on the ACARA website.
  • Easter Bake Sale has been postponed until later in the year.
  • Interschool Sport has now been cancelled
    In addition, the department of Education has cancelled all representative school sports programmes for now. See below.
  • Eating Time will be spaced further across the campus
    Schools are considered essential gatherings, and do not fit into the ban from the Government limiting indoor gatherings to 100 or less. However, even though most of our eating time also occurs outdoors and also does not fit into this direction, we have looked to space out year levels at eating time slightly.
  • Full Campus Worships have been suspended
    Your child’s spiritual wellbeing and the process of participating in regular Worship is at the cornerstone of life at Prince of Peace.  While we have chosen to suspend all full campus Worship gatherings (Yr 1-6 and Yr 7-12), every student will still have the opportunity to participate in Worship on a daily basis through class devotions and online presentations. We are currently exploring other options for the delivery of chapel services into classrooms or smaller gatherings and believe we should be able to do so very shortly.
  • Full Campus Assemblies have been suspended
    As with Worship, Assembly will be held in the classroom.
  • Year 3 – 12 Cross Country is cancelled
    Students wishing to compete at the Cross Country Districts Competition should contact DLawrance@princeofpeace.qld.edu.au on the Junior Campus, or BHardy@princeofpeace.qld.edu.au on the Senior Campus.
  • Camps and Excursions to operate as normal where possible
    All camps and excursions will currently go ahead as scheduled, but will be reviewed on an individual basis as new information comes to hand.
  • Campus Uniform Shop is closed until further notice
    Uniforms can still be purchase online or at The School Locker (North Lakes), located at 4-6 Burke Crescent, North Lakes. Before visiting The School Locker, please visit their website or ring on (07) 3490 1400 to ensure they have not closed due to Government or staffing changes.
  • Buddy Programmes
    Buddy Programmes to be adapted to limit to potential spread of infection. For the foreseeable future, all inter-year level Buddy Programmes will include non-contact activities only.

Additional information for changes outside of Prince of Peace Lutheran College:

  • The Department of Education has released this statement on 17 March:
    • As our response to COVID-19 is all about containment, a decision has been made to cancel:
      • the representative school sport program which includes district, regional, state, national, interstate and international competitions
      • Queensland School Sport team participation in any national, interstate or international events organised across Australia or internationally.
      • This decision is effective as of 17 March 2020 and will continue until further advice.
  • Gaythorne RSL ANZAC Day is cancelled
    All ANZAC services and marches in Brisbane have been cancelled.

Symptoms of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Personal Hygiene

The most important thing that you can do at this time is to place a high priority on personal hygiene:

  • To stop the spread, show your children how to wash their hands properly using soap and water regularly, or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. The College has provided access to hand sanitiser for all staff and students.
  • All students are to have their own water bottles, filled with sufficient water for any sporting practice or fixtures. Students are NOT to share their water bottle with another student.
  • If your child is unwell, please keep them at home and notify College Reception in a timely manner. Junior Campus: (07) 3872 5700 or Senior Campus: (07) 3872 5600, or email absences@princeofpeace.qld.edu.au, or via the absentee button on the PoP App.
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Travelling Overseas

Currently all travel in and out of Australia is now banned.  However, there may be exceptional circumstances to that which we are unaware of, so the following is left in place in that case.

If your family is planning on travelling overseas during the next two to three months, please advise the College by emailing HeadOfCollege@princeofpeace.qld.edu.au.

  • A reminder that if you are travelling through an exclusion zone, you and your children will be required to “self-quarantine” for 14 days following your visit to the region (and therefore will not be permitted on either campus).
  • We would also encourage parents to refer to the Smart Traveller website which will have the most up to date advice about travel.

Self-quarantine

Students who have returned to Australia in the last 14 days, must continue to self-quarantine themselves prior to returning to Prince of Peace Lutheran College. Self-quarantine means staying at home and not accepting visitors. More information about how to self-quarantine can be found at Queensland Health.

If your child has been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus in the last 14 days, they must also quarantine themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case.

These are important preventative measures that have been put in place in the interests of public health. Anyone who has completed the self-quarantine period of 14 days, and shows no symptoms of illness, is permitted to return to the College.


Will Prince of Peace Need to Close?

You may be aware of some schools in Victoria and New South Wales that have closed as a result of students or staff testing positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Prince of Peace Lutheran College has been preparing for a range of scenarios, and planning is in place should the Queensland Government direct schools to close as a result of COVID-19. Prince of Peace will only close should the authorities direct us to.

As we continue to be prepared, and not alarmed, we would encourage students to ensure they take their laptop and charger home each day, and relevant texts (if not available online) in case of an unforeseen school closure.

What will happen if students are directed to stay at home or Prince of Peace Lutheran College is directed to close?

  • Parents and students will not be permitted to access the campus or lockers if the College is closed.
  • Teaching and learning for all students will continue. Teachers will deliver lessons via relevant online platforms. Further information will be advised shortly.
  • Outside School Hours Care will be closed (including After School Care, Vacation Care).
  • The College Uniform Store (located on the Junior Campus) will be closed.
  • All outside providers for sport and music tuition will be cancelled (e.g. music lessons, netball, swimming).
  • The College intends to provide a limited range of services online (e.g. Business Office, IT Services).

FLEX@POP: Learning From Home

The College continues to operate until any advice is received from the Government mandating no students to be on site, at which time, we will follow the mandatory regulations provided.

The College has the ability to transfer over to learning from home, should the need arise.  This will be via the platforms that students are currently familiar with and already use to support their learning. Additional work is underway to further test and enhance these where possible.

If the College is required to close to students for a period of time, further information will be provided, detailing how students will move across to online learning. During that time, teaching staff will be available for on-line contact with students and we will advise how each year level’s communication will occur.


How Will Prince of Peace Communicate with You?

Prince of Peace Lutheran College will continue to email you with important information updates. This page will be reviewed daily, and should be the point of truth for parents to access up to date information relating to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition, information updates will continue to be placed on the Prince of Peace Lutheran College Facebook page as well as the PoP App.

In the event of a school closure, parents will be notified immediately via email as well as all other modes of College communication—including Facebook and the PoP App.

Please ensure that you have the Prince of Peace Lutheran College App downloaded onto your phone or tablet to receive the latest alerts. Please download the app from the App Store (Apple devices) by searching for ‘Prince of Peace Lutheran College’ or from Google Play (Android devices) by searching or following this link, or scan the the relevant QR code below, then set your Notification Subscriptions:

iPhone PoP App

Android PoP App


Further Information

We thank you for your cooperation and understanding with this current situation.  If you have any further questions or concerns, please email HeadOfCollege@princeofpeace.qld.edu.au.  All student absences should be reported via absences@princeofpeace.qld.edu.au or via the absentee button on the PoP App.


Parent Resources

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is an evolving international health concern. Around the world, people are being affected in many ways. Individuals of all ages from numerous nationalities are being diagnosed with the virus—it doesn’t discriminate. Although children are considered at lower risk of infection, they are not immune to the anxiety that may result from hearing the multitude of news reports regularly seen or heard in the media.

This pandemic is a cause for great concern to parents, but it is also very worrying to young people. Many are wondering how best to discuss this pandemic in a way that will be reassuring to kids without making them feel more worried than what they may be already. Parents should not avoid such a discussion with their kids. Not talking about something can often make them worry more.

Although most children will have already heard about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it is important for parents and caregivers to take this opportunity to convey the facts about it and set the emotional tone. This may help kids feel more informed and reassured. Involving them and encouraging self-efficacy can also give them a sense of control and purpose.

Useful Links

Please note these links are provided as a reference for your information only and do not necessarily constitute the official views of POPLC.

Talking Points for Families with Young Children


Government Announcement: Information on Australian Government Assistance for Business and Households

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
Senator for Western Australia
24 March 2020
UPDATE: QUICK LINKS TO GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES AND HOUSEHOLDS IMPACTED BY COVID-19

The Government is acting to cushion the blow from the coronavirus for businesses and households to help them get through to the other side of the crisis as the world deals with the significant challenges posed by its spread.

Below I have set out the quick links to the measures available to small and medium businesses, sole traders and households under the $189 billion economic support package announced by the Prime Minister:
Business.gov.au support line: 13 28 46

Small or medium business with reduced cash flow?
Here’s what we’re doing to boost your cash flow.

Is your business financially distressed?

This is what we’re doing to support you.

Assisting the economic recovery

Here’s how we’ll support you to grow.

Employ an apprentice or trainee?

This support is for you.

Are you a sole trader that has lost business?

This is what we’re doing to support you and your business.

Household finances hit by reduced work?

Here’s what we’re doing to help support your family budget.

Payments to support households.

For more information on Coronavirus and the Government’s response, please visit: www.treasury.gov.au/coronavirus or www.australia.gov.au


Government Announcement: Australian Government’s Stage 2 social distancing measures: tighter social distancing measures enacted

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
Senator for Western Australia
25 March 2020
UPDATE: TIGHTER SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES ENACTED

The Australian Government has commenced sending text messages to keep you informed about the national response to COVID-19.

Last night Prime Minister Morrison announced Stage 2 of the social-distancing measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. Find below a table that sets out the additional prohibited activities and venues that apply from 11:59pm (local time) 25 March 2020.

Please act on that advice, it will help save lives.

For more information please go to the Prime Minister’s Media Statement: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirus-measures-24-March-2020

Along with these measures Tasmania, the NT, WA, Queensland and SA announced border closures. Anyone entering these States or Territory must self-isolate for 14 days.

Please go here to find out more from the respective State or Territory: https://www.australia.gov.au/#state-government

For school closures (government and non-government) please refer to state and territory education authorities that can be found here: https://www.dese.gov.au/news/coronavirus-covid-19#schools.

For more information on Coronavirus and the Government’s response, please visit: www.treasury.gov.au/coronavirus or www.australia.gov.au. Alternatively you can contact the business.gov.au support line at 13 28 46.


Government Announcement: Jobkeeper Payment—Supporting Businesses To Retain Jobs

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
Senator for Western Australia
30 March 2020

SUPPORTING BUSINESSES TO RETAIN JOBS
JOBKEEPER PAYMENT

The Morrison Government has today introduced a JobKeeper Payment of $1,500 per fortnight, per eligible employee, for up to 6 months.

The JobKeeper Payment will start on 30 March 2020, with the first payment to be received by employers in the first week of May.  Employers must pass this payment on to their employees.

Eligible employers include businesses structured through companies, partnerships, trusts and sole traders. Not for profit entities, including charities, will also be eligible.

Self-employed individuals are also eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment.

Employers must elect to participate in the scheme. You can do this at: https://www.ato.gov.au/general/gen/JobKeeper-payment/

To be eligible, an employee must have been on the employer’s books on 1 March 2020 and continue to be engaged by that employer.

The JobKeeper Payment is open to full-time, part-time and long term casuals (employed on a regular basis for at least the previous 12 months) and stood down employees. Employees that are re-engaged by a business that was their employer on 1 March 2020 will also be eligible.

Self-employed individuals will be eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment where they have suffered or expect to suffer a 30% decline in turnover relative to a comparable prior period (of at least a month).
Employers will be eligible for the JobKeeper Payment if:

  • their business has a turnover of less than $1 billion and their turnover will be reduced by more than 30 per cent relative to a comparable prior period (of at least a month); or
  • their business has a turnover of $1 billion or more and their turnover will be reduced by more than 50 percent relative to a comparable prior period (of at least a month); and
  • the business is not subject to the Major Bank Levy.

For more information on the JobKeeper Payment visit: https://treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/Fact_sheet_supporting_businesses_1.pdf
For Employers Factsheet: https://treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/Fact_sheet_Info_for_Employers_0.pdf
Employees Factsheet: https://treasury.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-03/Fact_sheet_Info_for_Employees_0.pdf
To read the Prime Minister and Treasurer’s Media Statement: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/130-billion-jobkeeper-payment-keep-australians-job