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Update on the Novel Coronavirus for Catholic school parents

Updated 02/02/2020

Catholic Education Commission of Victoria has issued the following based on advice from the Australian and Victorian governments:

Any child returning from mainland China (not including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) who was in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 is to be isolated at home and should not attend school until 14 days after they were last in mainland China.

This recommendation applies only to children who were in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020. It does not apply to students that left mainland China before 1 February 2020.

As previously advised, parents of students that have been exposed to a confirmed coronavirus case or that have arrived in Australia from Hubei Province should ensure that their child is isolated at home and does not attend school for 14 days.

If you think your child is showing any relevant symptoms of the novel corona virus, please call the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to discuss further actions on 1300 651 160.

You can also access further information and updates from the following websites:

In circumstances like these, there can understandably be a lot of concern and uncertainty about the safety of your child. It’s important to remain calm and continue to communicate with your school Principal should you have any concerns.

Click here to download the Novel Coronavirus factsheet for schools – Updated 29 January.

Student Wellbeing Resources

CSPV Archived Online Newsletters

Student Wellbeing Hub – primary

Student Wellbeing Hub – secondary

Kidsmatter Primary – Families Matter

Social and Emotional Learning Resources

Bullying

School Refusal

Child Safety Resources

Mandatory Reporting extended to school counsellors and religious ministry

A message from the Commission for Children and Young People

Child Safe Standards – Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority

Child Safety in Catholic Schools

Reportable Conduct Scheme

eHeadspace – online support services

DET School Attendance Guidelines

Reporting concerns to Catholic Education

Daniel Morcombe Foundation Child Safety Resources for parents

Child safety and wellbeing is perhaps the most important advocacy area for CSPV and indeed for most parents of children in Catholic schools.

CSPV, in our advocacy capacity, seeks to ensure that the Catholic schools that children attend throughout each diocese in Victoria are providing a safe and secure environment for children to learn.

Our key priorities are to ensure we remain up to date with the Child Safe Standards, particularly around mandatory reporting and understanding the Reportable Conduct legislation and how this impacts parents in Catholic learning communities.

Our role is in assisting with communication of the Child Safe Standards with parents and to provide information that is both relevant and easy to understand across a broad spectrum of family backgrounds that exist in Catholic schools in Victoria.

In moving beyond compliance, Catholic school parents must also have an understanding of what it means to develop a culture of child safety that can only be achieved in partnership with the whole school community. CSPV play a major role in consulting and collaborating with relevant education and governing authorities in achieving this for Catholic school parents.

Our key priorities for child safety and wellbeing are:

• Provision of education in Social and Emotional learning curriculum in Catholic schools

• Prevention of bullying in schools and online

• Implementation of the Child Safe Standards and Reportable Conduct Scheme

• Wellbeing programs and providing parents with resources and understanding of social and emotional learning and what makes Catholic schools unique when it comes to equipping children with these essential skills

• Safe and supportive learning communities for all students.

Should you have any concerns about the safety of your child at school it is appropriate to first make an appointment with your school Principal.

Should you need to escalate your concerns, please contact the regional office in your area or the Catholic Education Office in your diocese.

To report your concern to Catholic Education complete the online referral form by clicking here.