Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
The safety of our students, staff and school community is our number one priority and we appreciate being able to work in partnership with you as we aim to follow all necessary precautions to protect the health and well-being of our community.
We continue to monitor the ongoing situation of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and adhere to the advice issued from State and Commonwealth health and education authorities to ensure we are well informed and prepared.
Peace Lutheran College has a contingency plan in place in the event the school may need to close. We have outlined these details below for the information of our families.
We aim to keep you informed as new information comes to hand and ask that you please check this page regularly for updates.
Last update: 31st March 2020 at 3:26 pm
- College Update - 31 March
- College Update - 26 March - School Attendance
- College Update - 25 March
- College Update - 23 March - Student Drop-off/Pick-up
- College Update - 21 March
- College Update - 21 March - Supporting Offsite Learning
- College Update - 17 March
- College Update - 17 March - Advice for Parents on Talking to Your Child About COVID-19
- College Update - 12 March - Return Travel from a High Risk Country
- College Update - 6 March
- College Update - 3 February
- College Update - 30 January
- College Update - 28 January
Alerts & Information
Peace Lutheran College School App
Alerts regarding updated information will be sent as a notice via the College's School App.
Responding to COVID-19
As the Novel Coronavirus continues to change and evolve, the College is being diligent in its efforts to keep those in our school community safe and healthy. To reduce the risk to ourselves and others, effective hygiene practices, reconsidering non-essential travel and self-isolation (if required) are essential.
Hygiene: The College has spoken to students about hygienic practices with an emphasis on washing hands and the correct protocols for sneezing and coughing. Our school cleaners are paying extra attention to the cleaning of human contact areas such as handles, handrails and drink fountains. We encourage you to also talk to your children at home about the importance and benefits of personal hygiene.
Self-isolation and self-quarantine: Symptoms as outlined by Queensland Health may include fever, a cough, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath. Anyone who is experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms is required to remain at home and seek medical advice. Please view further information on the guidelines for self-quarantine.
Overseas travel: It is important that families are well informed of any up to date recommendations and adhere strictly to these requirements. Please view further information on Australian Government travel alerts.
College Contingency Plan
Supported Learning Off-Campus
We have a tested contingency plan in the unlikely event the College will need to temporarily close. Should this be necessary, we will support learning during that time via the Student Cafe and the Peace Parent Portal. This will involve a level of electronic and online delivery of learning to link our teachers with their students.
At this stage the plan is for school to recommence on the first day of Term 2 unless there is further health advice not to do so. Decisions on state school operations from the start of Term 2 will be made during the school holidays. Peace Lutheran College will also consider this advice.
Should there be any change to the planned recommencement of school from the start of Term 2, this will be communicated to families.
We ask all in our school community to follow best hygiene practices in an effort to prevent the spread of germs:
- Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water, especially prior to eating.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with anti-bacterial or anti-viral properties.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Remain at home if you are sick. We request that you follow the requirements as set out in the College's Student Information Handbook relating to illnesses.
- If you are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms such as fever, a cough, a sore throat, fatigue or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention from a healthcare provider.
- Adhere to social/physical distancing requirements to help slow the spread of the virus.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will Peace Lutheran College close the school?
A: The College has a contingency plan prepared should the school be directed to close.
Junior School students: Teachers have included selected books and stationery that have been sent home with your child. Should the school be directed to close, this will ensure your child has the physical equipment they will need.
Middle and Senior School students: Students will have their lap top and charger at home with them which will enable them to access online support material through Student Cafe.
Q: What will happen if the College closes?
A: You will be notified by an alert that will be sent via email, the School App, posted to the College’s social media pages, as well as our website.
Nobody will be permitted to access the College grounds or student lockers if the school is closed.
The contingency plan for online supported learning will be activated.
Q: What do I do if any member of our family has come into contact with someone who has been confirmed positive for COVID-19?
A: You need to contact the College Administration or College Nurse immediately by phoning +61 7 4039 9000.
You, your family members and anyone living in your house needs to self-quarantine for 14 days.
If you begin to feel unwell and experience symptoms as outlined by Queensland Health, including fever, a cough, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath, seek immediate medical attention. Phone ahead to your doctor or hospital emergency department and advise them you have been in contact with someone who has been confirmed positive for COVID-19.
Q: Do I need to self-quarantine?
A: If you or a member of your family who lives with you has been overseas in the last 14 days, or you have been in contact with someone who is confirmed positive for COVID-19, you will need to quarantine by self-isolation.
To self-quarantine you must not go to any public places and you must not accept visitors to your home. If you become unwell during your period of self-isolation, seek immediate medical attention. Phone ahead to your doctor or hospital emergency department and advise them of your travel history.
Q: What are the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
A: Symptoms can vary but the most common symptoms include:
- A cough
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
If a member of your family is suffering any of these symptoms and is undergoing a test for COVID-19, please notify the College Administration or College Nurse immediately by phoning +61 7 4039 9000. We ask that all members of your family remain off campus until you have received the results of your test and have provided this information to the College.
Government websites for more information and updates
- Children & Coronavirus Disease
- Department of Education - Novel Coronavirus Advice
- Social Distancing for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Department of Health - Information for Schools & Early Childhood Centres, Students & Their Parents
- Queensland Health FAQ
- World Health Organisation
- Australian Government Department of Health
- Queensland Health Information for Travellers & Visitors
- Coronavirus Health Information Line
- Support Service - Beyond Blue
- Support Service - Lifeline