COVIDSafe measures have changed but all Victorian Catholic schools are required to continue to implement important practices to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
At Salesian College, we will continue to take the important steps of ensuring air purifiers are in use, external ventilation is maximised, good personal hygiene is encouraged and face masks continue to be made available for staff, students and visitors who wish to wear them.
The Department of Health recommends that all Victorians should report their positive RAT result to the Department of Health online, or by calling 1800 675 398. Students (or their parents) should also report a positive result to the College.
Rapid Antigen Tests
The College still has rapid antigen test (RATs) supplies but schools will no longer receive new supplies from the DHHS. Once we run out of supplies, RATs will be available for all Victorians from council sites. Further information can be obtained from the CECV COVID-19 advice.
Staff and students who wish to wear a face mask will be supported to do so, and we will continue to make face masks available for staff, students and visitors. In accordance with The Department of Health the College recommends that masks should be worn by a person who is a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 when leaving home. Additionally, we recommend that masks should be worn by a person who has COVID-19 for at least 7 days after a positive test when they need to leave home.
A ‘suspected’ case means a person who displays any COVID-19 symptoms who has not yet tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member, student or visitor who is symptomatic will be requested to undergo testing for COVID-19. Parents of students who are symptomatic will be asked to collect their child from school and to keep them home until they are no longer symptomatic.
If your son tests positive to COVID-19 please report it to the College by telephone or PAM. Where a student is identified as a positive case, the following steps will be taken:
- Students who report a positive result are recommended to isolate for a minimum of 5 days and not attend school until their symptoms have resolved.
- Students who isolate as a result of a positive COVID-19 test will be supported in the same way as students with an extended absence due to illness or injury, with learning materials provided to support their continued learning.
Please note, it is no longer a requirement for principals of Victoria schools to inform the school community of a positive case associated with the school.