Last Updated: Mon 1 June 2020 | Recent updates (since Mon 1 June) 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

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced, on 15 May, that Years 2 – 10 will be able to return to school from Monday 25 May, as anticipated.

While all students will be able to return to classes, there will still be no return to large groupings of students as yet.  Camps, excursions, chapels and assemblies, interschool sporting events will not yet return.

The stages to full school resumption are consistent with Queensland’s measured approach to confronting COVID-19 and balancing family needs with protecting lives during the global pandemic. Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said Queensland’s early response to confronting the pandemic was paying dividends now.

“When students begin to return to school, (it’s important) our schools remain safe and hygienic environments for the teachers and staff who
will be in the workplace.”

Social distancing measures to protect adults at schools will include:

  1. Staff and students who are unwell must not attend school
  2. All adults must maintain social distancing of 1.5 metres
  3. Adults must not gather in groups in and around school grounds, car parks, school gates and outside classrooms
  4. Parents should use stop, drop and go options rather than walking children into school grounds
  5. Strict personal hygiene protocols, including the cleaning of high touch surfaces such as desks and door handles, will
    remain in place.

 


 

  • Both campuses of Prince Of Peace are open, but visitors (including parents picking up and dropping off), should remain on site for the shortest time possible and practice social distancing if required to be interacting with others.  Parents should not arrive early to pick up their children and should remain in their vehicles were possible.
  • The Queensland Government has announced that, as of Monday 25 May, all students are able to return to onsite learning.
  • 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 1/06/2020, 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 has adopted 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 – Monday 20 April – Friday 22 May ‘Home-based learning’
  • 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.
  • The National Education Council as confirmed that Year 12 students will be able to achieve a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education this year.
    Further information about the manner in which ATAR results will be released will be made at a later date. A short message to all Year 12s from The Hon Dan Tehan MP can be found here.
  • Following government guidelines, currently no large gatherings will take place.
    E.g. assemblies, chapels, camps, excursions, along with extracurricular sporting, music and arts events.

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.

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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Will Prince of Peace Need to Close?

You may be aware of some schools around Australia have closed as a result of students or staff testing positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). It is expected that in the event of a case coming into contact with the College community, a directive from Queensland Health would come, closing the College for a minimum of 24-48 hours. This could happen at any time throughout 2020.

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).

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. 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


COVIDSafe App Launched

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

Today, Minister for Health Greg Hunt and the Chief Medical Officer released The COVIDSafe app, which will help keep you, your family and your community safe from further spread of coronavirus through early notification of possible exposure.

The COVIDSafe app is just one of the tools we will use to help protect the health of the community by quickly alerting people who may be at risk of having contact with the virus. The use of the app will help us to move more quickly to reduce restrictions than would otherwise be possible.

Without the assistance of technology, finding people who may have been exposed to the virus relies on people being able to recall who they have been around and knowing the details of every individual they have been in close contact with. In many cases, we don’t know the names and contact details of those we’ve been in close contact with (for example, at the supermarket or on the train). COVIDSafe app uses technology to make this process faster and more accurate and has been developed to ensure your information and privacy is strictly protected.

Collection and use of information from the app is consent based and consistent with the Privacy Act and Australian Privacy Principles. To further strengthen the app’s privacy arrangements the Health Minister made a Determination under the Biosecurity Act to protect people’s privacy and restrict access to app data to state and territory health authorities for contact tracing. Under that Determination, it will be a criminal offence to use any app data in any other way. It will also be a criminal offence for someone to be refused to enter a premises, participate in an event or receive a service for failing to use the app.

At the end of the Australian pandemic, users will be prompted to delete the app from their phone. This will delete all app information on a person’s phone. The information contained on the highly secure information storage system will also be destroyed at the end of the pandemic.

While COVIDSafe app use is voluntary, all Australians are encouraged to download COVIDSafe app to help ensure we can effectively protect Australians and ensure we can quickly respond to any new cases of COVID-19.

To read the Prime Minister’s statement, please visit: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/covidsafe-new-app-slow-spread-coronavirus
For more information on the COVIDSafe app, please visit: https://www.covidsafe.gov.au/help-topics.html
To download the COVIDSafe app for your iPhone please visit: https://apps.apple.com/au/app/covidsafe/id1509242894
To download the COVIDSafe app for your android device please visit: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.gov.health.covidsafe

GENERAL INFORMATION

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.