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Covid-19 Closure information

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Please continue to use the following modes of communication to keep up-to-date!

  • Emails
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  • College Mobile App
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16.04.2020 Update from TCSO
20.04 Update from the Principal

#Stay Home – Guidelines for Attendance

I am writing regarding the current requirement for online learning.

It is of real importance that all members of the community only send children to Mary MacKillop if they cannot be supervised at home.  The partial shutdown initiated by the Premier last week has created a really challenging environment for all of us; and I really do empathise with parents who are struggling to get tasks done or managing a home environment where the classroom has entered your living spaces.  It is crucial though, that you persevere.  The College is also a workplace, and I have a duty of care towards my colleagues here as well as the children.  Social distancing will become increasingly harder the more children that present, as this will mean more adults on the site. 

I do understand fully that this situation is incredibly challenging, but please follow the instructions outlined by Education Queensland and the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office;

In order to reinforce social distancing across the community and slow the spread of COVID-19, Queensland school students will move to a home-based learning model from 20 April 2020 until at least 22 May 2020 (end of week 5) when the position will be reviewed.

During this period, all students who are able to be supervised and learn from home are to stay home, except for:

  • Children of essential workers on days when they are not able to be supervised at home and no other arrangements can be made. Essential worker means any worker who must continue to attend their workplace for essential business during this time.
  • Vulnerable children. Vulnerable children include children identified by schools as vulnerable (i.e. at risk) or who:
  • are currently receiving services from Child Safety, including children who are subject to a child protection order
  • are subject to a youth justice order.
  • Children in designated indigenous communities.

Can all members of the community please continue to follow these guidelines.  We will continue to support you as best we can in these challenging times. 

Kind regards

Chris Gabbett

Principal

15.05.2020 Update from the Principal

Attendance

#StayHome – Attendance Guidelines

Please follow the instructions outlined by Education Queensland and the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office;

In order to reinforce social distancing across the community and slow the spread of COVID-19, Queensland school students will move to a home-based learning model from 20 April 2020 until at least 22 May 2020 (end of week 5) when the position will be reviewed.

During this period, all students who are able to be supervised and learn from home are to stay home, except for:

  • Children of essential workers on days when they are not able to be supervised at home and no other arrangements can be made. Essential worker means any worker who must continue to attend their workplace for essential business during this time.
  • Vulnerable children. Vulnerable children include children identified by schools as vulnerable (i.e. at risk) or who:
  • are currently receiving services from Child Safety, including children who are subject to a child protection order
  • are subject to a youth justice order.
  • Children in designated indigenous communities.
Absentees

Each week, the College will send a student attendance survey to all families by email. It is important that you complete this form each week so that we can ensure adequate staffing and continue to follow social distancing regulations. We know that circumstances can change, and you may need to amend the days you can keep your child at home. Please use the absentee line by phoning 07 46987777 to leave a message or use the form on the College Mobile App.

Drop Off & Pick Up

Access to/on the site:

We ask that parents and siblings do not get out of the car at drop-off or pick-up to ensure that there is greater capacity for social distancing. Parents will not have the ability to go into students learning areas in the first 5 weeks of term two.

Only students attending school are able to enter our learning areas and if you must go to Junior reception please make sure there is only one person in the foyer at a time. 

Junior Drop-Off

To enable social distancing please use our drop-off zone at Uluru only.

Senior Drop-Off

To enable social distancing please use our drop-off zone.

Junior Pick-up

To enable social distancing please utilise our pick-up zones at Uluru or the AM drop and go zone.

Prep-2:

P-2 will be collected in the AM stop/go zone.   The parking zone outside Prep will be cordoned off with bollards, and children will congregate there.  This means the top circle area will be a pick up only zone and there will be NO parking available.    From 2:45pm, Prep children will be available for collection.  Years 1 and 2 will be dismissed and available at 2:50pm.   If you need to park, please park in the Junior car park or on Highfields Road.  Please do not leave your car if you are in the pick-up line. 

If you have not collected you child by 3:00pm they will be seated outside Junior reception.

Years 3-6:

Years 3-6 will be in Uluru for collection. 

Senior Pick-Up

As normal in the Senior school.

Social Distancing

Using the car pick-up lines increases social distancing, please do not come into the school unless absolutely necessary. 

Tuckshop

Tuckshop will not operate during this period.  

Food sent to school for celebrations:

I recognise that this is a really lovely and inclusive practice, but I ask please if parents can stop sending in food for communal consumption. 

Buses

Bus Queensland

Dear Parents and Guardians

We are writing to you to update you on the impacts of COVID-19 on school bus services for Term 2. We want to assure that services will operate as normal from Monday 20 April 2020.

To protect our drivers and passengers, drivers will not be accepting cash for payment of fares. Passengers will still need to pay a fare by having a Travel Card which can be purchased from the Toowoomba Depot at 308 Taylor Street Toowoomba, Monday to Friday between 8.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. Given the difficult circumstances we are waiving the usual $15 fee.

We also suggest that you top up your card to the value of 5 weeks’ travel. To do this, you will need to bring the card to the depot. Please note we do not have eftpos facilities.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause, but the safety of our drivers and customers is paramount.  We understand that it may take parents some time to attend the depot to purchase or top up their card. As always, children will be carried to and from school even in the absence of a valid fare.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the depot on (07) 4633 1177.

Regards,

Bus Queensland (Toowoomba)

Rosemary Meyer

Contract Administration

Pulitano Group of Companies

Thrupp Bus

The Thrupp Bus service will continue to run throughout this period.

Our Bus

The ‘Our Bus’ service has suspended all services until further notice.

Events, Excursions & Camps

All College events, excursions and camps are suspended until further notice.

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