Learning and COVID-19

We are in Phase A of Victoria’s Roadmap towards an easing of COVID restrictions.

Learners are returning to onsite learning on a part-time basis.

Returning to onsite learning: At a glance

Updated 17 October

Over the coming weeks, learners will slowly return to onsite learning. Use the tables to help you work out what’s required of you and your child.

Week 3 (Monday 18 – Friday 22 October)

Year Prep Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Monday 18 Onsite 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️
Tuesday 19 Onsite 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️
Wednesday 20 Onsite 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️
Thursday 21 🏠🖥️ Onsite Onsite 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️
Friday 22 🏠🖥️ Onsite Onsite 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️ Onsite Onsite
Fitted face mask required onsite ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Onsite supervision available for authorised workers ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️

Week 4 (Monday 25 – Friday 29 October)

Year Prep Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Monday 25 Onsite 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️
Tuesday 26 Onsite 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️ Onsite Onsite 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️
Wednesday 27 Onsite 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️ Onsite Onsite 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️
Thursday 28 🏠🖥️ Onsite Onsite 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️ Onsite Onsite
Friday 29 🏠🖥️ Onsite Onsite 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️ Onsite Onsite
Fitted face mask required onsite ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Onsite supervision available for authorised workers ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️

Week 5 (Monday 1 – Friday 5 November)

Year Prep Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Monday 1 No school No school No school No school No school No school No school
Tuesday 2 No school No school No school No school No school No school No school
Wednesday 3 Onsite 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️ Onsite Onsite 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️
Thursday 4 🏠🖥️ Onsite Onsite 🏠🖥️ 🏠🖥️ Onsite Onsite
Friday 5 Onsite Onsite Onsite Onsite Onsite Onsite Onsite
Fitted face mask required ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Onsite supervision available for authorised workers ✔️ (Thur) ✔️ (Wed) ✔️ (Wed) ✔️ (Thur) ✔️ (Thur) ✔️ (Wed) ✔️ (Wed)

Returning onsite

From Monday 18 October, learners in Years Prep to 2 will return to onsite learning on a part-time basis.

When not onsite, learners will continue using Seesaw to learn at home.

Learners in Years 5 & 6 will return onsite on Friday 22 October.

There are no changes to arrangements for learners in Years 3 & 4.


Virtual Assembly

Join us for our next Virtual Assembly on Friday 22 October at 2:15pm

Learning at Home

Learners in Years Prep to 2 are using Seesaw when not onsite, along with daily Google Meets.

Learners in Years 3 to 6 are using Google Classroom when not onsite, along with daily Google Meets.


Returning to onsite learning (emailed 14 October)

Welcome to Term 4, which commenced on Monday 4 October. As you know, for the first two weeks of the term, learning has been held remotely with the same protocols and meet times that were in Term 3.

The Premier has outlined a roadmap out of the current restrictions that include staggered returning to onsite learning. Our school will be following these guidelines and we will send more information when it becomes available. Please see the table below that clearly outlines when learners will return onsite.

From Wednesday 6 October From Monday 18 October From Monday 25 October From Friday 5 November
Prep Monday – Wednesday Monday – Wednesday
Years 1 & 2 Thursday – Friday Thursday – Friday
Years 3 & 4 Tuesday – Wednesday
Years 5 & 6 Thursday – Friday

Learning at St James from 18 October

The school will be open for onsite learning for the year levels listed in the table.

When a year level is not scheduled to be onsite, they will be learning at home.

The school will still be providing supervision for some children if their year level has not returned to onsite learning. These children are:

  • children of parents/carers who are authorised workers and cannot make suitable arrangements to supervise children at home, including children of teachers in schools who are required to return to work onsite;
  • students with disabilities who choose to attend onsite; and
  • vulnerable children.

If any of the above applies to your circumstance, please email me at mabbott@sjhcn.catholic.edu.au. If you are an authorised worker then permits from both parents/carers are required. Please send both pages of the permit with the days and hours of work stated and signed by the employer.

If you choose to keep your child at home on a day they are required to be at school, there will be no work set due to the staff working with learners onsite. If you are required to be in isolation due to being a close contact then please email me.


  • All school staff must wear face masks while teaching wherever practicable, except where removal of a face mask is necessary for effective communication.
  • Learners in Years 3 to 6 are to wear face masks when indoors on school premises, unless an exception from a doctor applies.
  • The Chief Health Officer recommends that all other children wear face masks when at school.
  • We ask that you talk to your child about the correct wearing of masks, and if removed, they need to put it in the container or bag that you supply.
  • Staff in the school will help learners with the correct use of masks.

Parents/carers onsite

  • At this stage parents/carers are not able to be onsite.
  • From 8:20am to 8:45am, school staff will be on duty.
  • The end of the day will be 3:05pm.
  • Learners can walk in from either of the gates or dropped off in the drop off/pick up zone. We encourage families to organise for their child to walk to alleviate congestion in the drop off area. We ask for patience during this process. Also it is important for people waiting outside the gate that you wear a mask correctly and follow the physical distancing guidelines.
  • If you are using the pick up/drop off zone please work with your child about leaving the car and getting their bag as quickly as possible. All adults must stay in the car and wear a mask to support staff on duty and other learners.

Finally, a reminder that if you, your child or a family member develop symptoms of a fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, or loss of smell or taste, you should get tested at a coronavirus (COVID-19) testing facility and stay home. Your child should not be sent to school if they are unwell. It is important that everyone keeps safe.

For information about where to get tested and for booking a vaccination, please visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au

For the latest updates about our response to COVID-19, visit this page and Facebook.

We will continue to communicate with you as soon as we receive further information.

Take care and 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: 14 October

Victorians must wear a fitted face mask at all times.

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

Learners in Years 3 to 6 must wear a mask when inside at school.

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. Primary school-aged children are advised to wear a mask whenever possible, both inside and outside, when not at home.

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.