Learning and COVID-19

There are changes to metropolitan Melbourne’s restriction levels from 11:59pm, Tuesday 27 July.

All learners in Years Prep to 6 have returned to learning onsite.

Virtual Assembly

The next Assembly will take place at 2:15pm on Friday 30 July.


Return to onsite learning (emailed 27 July)

The news today was that schools will return tomorrow (Wednesday 28 July). The return requires us to abide by restrictions and to ensure that all members of the community are safe. All the staff are very excited to see our learners return. All learners will be expected to attend school onsite as normal from this date. Please be aware that if parents choose to keep their children home after 28 July, 2021, we can no longer support their learning from home. This does not apply to children who need to be absent for health or medical reasons. For those families, please contact us so we can make an appropriate plan. This same approach is being taken by all Catholic and government schools in Victoria.

Drop-off and pick-up information

Families will not be able to enter the school grounds and must wait outside the front gates or remain in your car and use the pick-up/drop-off zone. All Victorians must wear a fitted face mask when they leave home. Ensure that you are wearing a mask when waiting to pick up or drop off your child.

Whilst staff will be on duty during drop-off and pick-up, a level of independence is now required of learners leaving vehicles at the Drop Off Zone. Learners will need to undo their seatbelt, collect their school bag and exit the car without assistance (except for those children with special needs). Parents/carers are not to leave the car – these measures are to protect all in our community. We encourage families to walk their children to the school gates, or to park in Kingston Boulevard or Sycamore Street so their children can walk from there. Staff will be at each of the gates and on the crossings within the school so that learners can walk safely to their learning spaces.

After school we encourage learners to walk to Kingston Boulevard or Sycamore Street to meet their parent or carer. This is to reduce traffic congestion within the school grounds. Please explain to your children that if you are running late or they are unable to locate you, that they are to return back to school where they will join their peers at the Drop Off Zone. Again, staff will be present at each of the gates and on the crossings within the school so that learners can walk safely to meet their parents or carers. If you are meeting your children at the front gates please ensure that you are not congregating at the front gates and are wearing a mask.

Families will not be able to park in the school grounds during drop off or pick up unless directed by a staff member. We know that it will be busy after school so if using the pick up zone we ask that you wait patiently in your car.

To help with the flow of traffic we ask that families not park in the service road in front of the school and in particular the No Standing areas.

School devices

With all learners now back onsite, our remote learning platforms will revert back to being used to support the learning that is happening in person. Seesaw Home Learning Codes will not work from Monday. All tasks in Seesaw and Google Classroom will still be available for learners to access if needed to support their learning onsite. All school devices and power adapters need to be returned to school by Friday 30 July, 2021. Learners will need to take the device into their learning space, where it will be marked off and cleaned. It is important that devices are returned so they can be used in the learning communities.

Staying safe

As onsite schooling resumes, we will continue to have in place strong measures to protect the health and safety of learners, staff, families and the community. These include:

  • restricting parent access to school grounds;
  • wearing fitted face masks whenever leaving the house, including for school drop-off and pick-up;
  • keeping physical distance (1.5m) if dropping off or picking up from outside the school gate;
  • continuing to emphasise hand hygiene and physical distancing where possible;
  • continuing to engage our cleaning company with high touch cleaning throughout the day.

If you, your child or a family member develop symptoms of fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, or loss of smell or taste, please get tested at a coronavirus (COVID-19) testing facility and keep your child at home. If learners develop any of these symptoms while at school we will be in contact and they will need to be picked up immediately. Please ensure your contact details are accurate.

Keeping up-to-date

Please keep checking our Facebook page (facebook.com/sjhcn), our website (sjhcn.catholic.edu.au/covid19) and the fortnightly e-news for updated information.

Stay safe,


Managing student illness in schools during coronavirus

Updated: 27 May

One of the most important things we can do is to stay at home when we are unwell, even when we have the mildest cold or flu-like symptoms.

This is especially important for learners continuing to attend on site at school.

The factsheet has been developed that contains information for parents and carers that:

  • if a child is unwell, even with the mildest symptoms, they must stay home
  • if a child has any of the listed symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, they should be tested
  • a child must stay at home until they are symptom-free, even if their COVID-19 test is negative
  • children do not need a medical certificate before returning to school.

The factsheet, developed jointly with the Department of Health and Human Services and Safer Care Victoria, will also be shared with general practitioners and other medical practitioners.

Face masks in Victoria

Updated: 15 July

Victorians must wear a fitted face mask at all times.

Staff still need to wear a mask when not in the act of teaching.

Adults who have a medical condition – including problems with their breathing, a serious skin condition on the face, a disability or a mental health condition – are not required to wear a face mask.

The Department of Health and Human Services website has advice about face masks, including:

  • which different types can be used;
  • how to make your own;
  • how to safely wear one; and
  • how to safely remove it.

Thank you for your support in limiting the spread of COVID-19 and keeping our school community safe.