April 16 – College update on COVID-19

April 16, 2020

Dear Parents, Carers and Guardians of St Patrick’s College,

Firstly, thank you for your support this week as our staff and your son(s) negotiate the opening days of Term 2 in a remote and flexible learning environment.

While this has provided challenges for many, we have been most encouraged by the feedback we have received to date and remain confident that the boys will continue to enjoy a rich, diverse, engaging and challenging education in this new environment.

The College has also been able to supervise a small number of students on-site this week and will continue to offer that support for families who meet the criteria as specified by the Department of Education and Training (DET).

Those who are exempt from the stay at home recommendations include:

  • Children on days when they are not able to be supervised at home and no other arrangements can be made. This will be available for children of parents who cannot work from home, and vulnerable children, including:
  • children in out-of-home care;
  • children deemed by Child Protection and/or Family Services to be at risk of harm;
  • children identified by the school as vulnerable (including via referral from a family violence agency, homelessness or youth justice service or mental health or other health service and children with a disability).

The school has been heartened by your response to the Premier’s requirement that all students who can learn from home must learn at home. We understand completely how challenging this has been for many families and thank you for your support regarding the Premier’s request.

Once again we ask families who need to have their sons supervised on-site next week (April 20-24) to fill in the form at this link as soon as possible.

Parents are also reminded that all information relating to the College’s response to COVID-19 are uploaded in one convenient location on the College website at this link.

Please visit this page frequently for up-to-date information.

We thank you all again and pray that you stay safe and well.