Dear students, parents and carers, and staff
Following announcements by the Premier today, I can confirm that masks are no longer required indoors in secondary schools from tomorrow, Friday November 19. Students and staff may choose to wear a face mask if they wish. However, masks are still required on public transport and ride share/taxis. Please also be aware that students in Years 3-6 in Primary schools are still expected to wear face masks indoors unless a legitimate exemption applies.
There will also be significant changes to the way that COVID-19 cases and close contacts are managed. More information about this will be provided as it comes to hand. Meanwhile, please familiarise yourself with the revised guidelines at the link above.
A reminder to all parents, carers and visitors that anyone entering school premises must sign in using the QR code and provide evidence of double vaccination (or medical exemption). This includes when attending events such as forthcoming music concerts, performances and events.
I want to take this opportunity to express my profound appreciation and gratitude to everyone in our community for role each has played in minimising the risk of Covid-19 infection. For mask wearing, getting tested, staying home if unwell with covid-like symptoms, ensuring physical distancing where possible, maximising outdoor interaction and indoor ventilation...the list goes on. Since the commencement of Term 4 there have been more than 470 government schools with confirmed cases and school closures Whilst there is an element of good fortune involved, we can be both grateful and quietly pleased that we have avoided this.
A particular thanks and congratulations to our Year 12 students who made it through to the end of year 12 exams yesterday and are now enjoying hard earned and long awaited freedoms. They have led the way with their behaviour and conduct since returning to school in October demonstrating tremendous maturity, care and perseverance.