School Closed Tuesday 26th October

Our school has been advised a confirmed COVID-19 case attended our school on Friday, 22 October, 2021.
Our school will be closed on Tuesday, 26 October as a precaution to identify students or staff who were on site on Friday, 22 October and may have had close contact with the case.

Once that review is complete, we will let you know if you or your child has been identified as a primary close contact (PCC).
If we do not contact you by Tuesday, 26 October to say that you or your child has been identified as a primary close contact, you or your child should return to school on Wednesday, 27 October.

While it has been determined that our school will need to close briefly, I would like to assure VCE  students and their families that examinations scheduled to take place at our school over the coming days will go ahead as planned. I have received advice that the examinations can continue safely as originally planned so please note there are not changes to examination schedules and procedures.
 
Information for students and staff identified as PCCs
If you are contacted and advised that you or your child is a potential PCC, it is advised that you or your child get a COVID test and limit your/their movements outside of the home.
This means that, until you hear further from me or the Department of Health or a Local Public Health Unit (DH/LPHU), you are advised to only leave home for brief periods for necessary activities, such as:
  • exercise
  • caregiving to family members when no alternative is available
  • necessary medical appointments where no alternative is available (such as telehealth)
  • shopping for necessary items, only where no one else in the household can perform this task and no alternative is available (such as delivery).
DH/LPHU will then contact PCCs directly to interview them and advise if there are any changes to their PCC status. These calls or text messages can come from private or unknown numbers. Please answer these calls or follow text message advice if you receive a call or text message. If confirmed, DH/LPHU will send an SMS to the PCCs advising them of their quarantine, testing and release dates (this may take some days).

PCCs will no longer receive a clearance text message from DH to confirm their release from quarantine. For those who are undergoing 7 days of isolation, the return of a negative day 6 test is sufficient for release. For those who are undergoing 14 days of isolation, the return of a negative day 13 test is sufficient for release.

The rest of your family does not need to stay at home at this stage.
If you or anyone in your family develops even the mildest of symptoms, please get tested.

If you have questions about what this means for our school, please call the Department of Education and Training COVID-19 hotline on 1800 338 663, available 8:30am to 5pm Monday through Friday, and 10am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday. 

If you are concerned you have COVID-19 you can call the DH COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For school information in languages other than English, call TIS National on 131 450. Please ask them to call the DET COVID-19 hotline on 1800 338 663 and they will help interpret. For health advice in languages other than English, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au/translated-information-about-coronavirus-covid-19

Kind regards
Michael Ritchie
Principal

@2019 Wallan Secondary College