Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Please see below for a list of Actions Taken and Actions Pending. This information is correct as of 2 April 2020.
Immanuel Lutheran College confirms that as at 02/04/2020, 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.
- As directed by the QLD Government, the College will be student free next week (open for families of essential services), with the Staying Connected remote learning trial occurring on Wednesday and Thursday - with Friday being used to review the trial
- College Shop now closed
- Immanuel Swim School closed until further notice according to Government advice
- A number of bubblers across the campus have been temporarily re-purposed as hand washing stations
- Parent/Teacher interviews scheduled for Term 2 are cancelled; teachers will make direct contact with families where they wish to discuss students progress, and/or families can request a telephone interview directly with the teacher
- Year 11 May Dinner postponed - date TBC
- NAPLAN cancelled for 2020; schools advised by ACARA on Friday 20 March, for more information click here
- Immanuel Arts Festival cancelled as per Government Guidelines on gatherings of no more than 100 people
- Year 6 Canberra trip postponed to 19-23 October - Week 3 Term 4
- Year 5 Mt Binga camp postponed to 11-14 August - Week 5 Term 3
- All assemblies and Worship gatherings at school have been cancelled until further notice
- Japan trip planned for this holidays has been cancelled
- Parent Free Coffee Catchup scheduled for Friday Week 9 has been cancelled
- Grandparents' Day postponed to Wednesday 19 August
- All SCISSA sport at Primary and Secondary School levels is cancelled, to be reviewed for Term 2
- Cross Country to be postponed to early next term, with a view to completing our event(s) prior to the District trials scheduled for Week 3 Term 2
- Monday and Saturday netball competitions and practise cancelled until after Easter – further information to follow
- Churches Soccer Association has cancelled all games and associated training sessions until 1 May
- Year 7 camp postponed to 25-28 August - Week 7 Term 3
- Secondary School Tuckshop to become cashless (Flexischools and EFTPOS only) from Monday 23 March to reduce infection spread through money handling
- Additional cleaning and sanitising processes in place across the campus – all classrooms are equipped with hand sanitiser
- Regular advice and encouragement for students to adopt rigorous hygiene practices, including hand washing and water bottle separation
- Differentiated eating areas in selected parts of the College
- Music and related cocurricular activities suspended until further notice – selected activities are continuing where students can be safely separated
- ANZAC Day March and associated services cancelled (at Buderim and Cotton Tree)
- P-12 ANZAC Assembly scheduled for the start of Term 2 cancelled
- Educational continuity plan being finalised, allowing students to access remote learning in the event of a directed school closure
- All senior exam and assessment scheduling being reviewed in light of advice from Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA)
- Arts Tour scheduled for June/July holidays under review – decision to be made by end of Term 1
- Japanese sister school visits scheduled for August under review – although unlikely to proceed, a decision is yet to be made in relation to this program
Immanuel Lutheran College continues to monitor the ongoing worldwide situation of 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.
Immanuel is prepared for a range of scenarios, and we have outlined below a number of recommendations to families as this situation continues to evolve.
The most important thing that you can do at this time is to place a high priority on your 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 which has been placed on our regular bus run to Maleny. Every Primary school classroom has also had an automatic hand sanitiser installed.
- 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 the office in a timely manner.
Travelling during the upcoming school holidays
The Federal Government is advising all Australians not to travel overseas at this time. This is the highest advice (Level 4 of 4).
Should you travel overseas, please advise the College by contacting Student Services on (07) 5477 3488 (Secondary School), (07) 5477 3484 (Primary School) or email@example.com
A reminder that family members recently returned from overseas are required to self-isolate for 14 days following their visit to overseas regions (they will not be permitted on campus).
We encourage parents to refer to the Smart Traveller website which has the most up to date advice about travel.
What are the current exclusion zones?
The following countries and regions are considered to pose a risk of transmission, based on the current advice from the Australian Government, Department of Health website (as at 19/03/20):
|No Overseas Travel Permitted|
Students who have left, or transited through any of the countries in the last 14 days, must continue to self-isolate themselves prior to returning to Immanuel. Self-isolation means staying at home and not accepting visitors.
If your child has been in close contact with a confirmed case of Coronavirus in the last 14 days, they must also isolate 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 Immanuel need to close?
You may be aware of some schools in New South Wales that have closed as a result of students testing positive for the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Immanuel 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. Immanuel 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/iPad and charger home each day, and relevant texts (not available online) in case of a school closure.
What will happen if Immanuel 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 students will continue and will go online via SEQTA Learn. Teachers will deliver lessons via an online platform (with details to be advised at the time of closure).
- Outside School Hours Care will be closed (including After School Care, Vacation Care).
- All outside providers for sport and music tuition will be cancelled (e.g. music lessons, netball, swimming).
- The College intends to provide a range of services online (e.g. Business Office, IT Services).
What do you need to do now?
Ensure that you are familiar with your username and password to access the SEQTA online portal and learning management system. If you are unsure how to login to SEQTA Learn (students) and SEQTA Engage (parents) e.g. you don’t know your username or password, please contact IT Services on (07) 5477 3472.
How will Immanuel communicate with you?
Immanuel 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 Coronavirus. In addition, information updates will continue to be placed on the ILC Facebook page as well as the Immanuel App.
Please ensure that you have the Immanuel App downloaded onto your phone for the latest alerts. You can visit the Google Play or App Store here:
In the event of a school closure, parents will be notified immediately via SMS as well as all other modes of College communication - including email, Facebook and the Immanuel App.
We thank you for your cooperation and understanding with this current situation. If you have any further questions or concerns, you are invited to contact the Principal Mr Colin Minke directly via firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (07) 5477 3465.
Please continue to contact Student Services should your children be remaining at home via the link above.
Coronavirus 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 multitude of news reports regularly seen or heard in the media.
This epidemic 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 epidemic 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 Coronavirus, it is important for parents and care-givers 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.
In this Special Report, parents and caregivers will be 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 Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.
If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the College for further information or seek medical or professional help.
Here is the link to your special report: https://immanuel.qld.schooltv....