August 5 – College update on COVID-19

August 5, 2021

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

The State Government has this afternoon announced another period of lockdown following another COVID-19 outbreak.

We share your frustrations with these sudden and significant changes which continue to affect us all.

Sadly, we are now all well-accustomed to the need to be flexible in this environment and to be able to pivot quickly between face-to-face learning and remote learning.

The lockdown takes effect from 8pm tonight and, at this stage, is due to be lifted in seven days.

We will transition immediately to remote and flexible learning on Friday, August 6 and will hopefully to on site learning on Friday, August 13.

We will offer on-site supervision for those students whose parents are deemed essential workers or who are classified as being at-risk, from tomorrow. Parents who require their sons to be supervised on-site must register their attendance by filling in the form at this link.

Our hope and our intention is to return to in-class learning for all students as soon as we are permitted.

Remote and flexible learning will be conducted via Microsoft Teams as it has been done previously.

Once again, during the lockdown period students will only be able to access the College through the front gates and will need to sign in at reception. All other gates will be locked. Student supervision will be conducted in the Year 12 Study Centre. Attending students must wear masks and practice safe social distancing. The canteen will be closed and students will not be permitted to leave the College during the school day.

College reception will remain open for normal operating hours although the College Shop will be closed.

Once again, we thank you for your patience, support and understanding along with your commitment to joining us as we offer the best education possible for our students, even in these most difficult of times.

We hope you stay safe and well in the coming days.