Firbank Grammar School is committed to supporting and protecting our entire school community through the many challenges that we face during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
In this our year of Courage, we would like to thank the whole school community for demonstrating courage – including parents and guardians, teachers and students – for their patience, energy and flexibility.
COVID-19 remains a threat and we must all do our part to prevent infections, and respond appropriately in the event of an infection amongst any of our school community. If your child, or anyone in your family, is unwell and experiencing symptoms such as fever, sore throat or cough, please do not send her/him to school, and seek medical advice. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that they have provided the School with any medically relevant information to ensure provisions can be made for the care of their child, and for the wider school community as soon as possible.
Firbank Grammar School will comply with all requirements as specified by the State Government as outlined by the current Second Step towards COVID Normal in Metropolitan Victoria. Supervision for children of permitted workers continues to be provided.
Students will commence a phased approach to return to onsite learning:
- From Monday 12 October ALL year levels are returning to onsite learning, with the exception of year levels 8 & 9.
- From Monday 26 October Years 8 & 9 will return to onsite learning.
- Remote learning will continue to be provided to support our students who are unable to return onsite.
All our staff and senior school students have been provided with Occupational COVID-19 Workplace training.
What we have put in place
FGS has implemented a number of changes to ensure the health and safety of all on site are ensured, as guided by the AHPPC Guidelines including:
- Staff and student temperature checks are conducted each day at entry points.
- Encouraging staff and students who are unwell to stay home and get tested.
- Control of entries and exits to the campus, including channelling of traffic, recording of anyone on site, limiting interaction between year levels by using designated entry points for each year level, no parents on campus.
- Promotion of good hygiene practices through training, signage, and provision of soap and sanitizer.
- The most up-to-date guidance from the Chief Medical Officer is followed in terms of staff and students wearing face masks.
- Physical distancing practices are maintained through the rearrangement of school furniture and spaces, floor signage to manage traffic flow, and staggering start and finish times at the junior campuses.
- Students and staff are educated and reminded about hygiene measures and appropriate behaviours.
- The cleaning of all our facilities has been increased, especially high touch areas.
- Hand sanitizer and disinfectant is provided in all teaching and work spaces, along with an encouragement for individuals to carry personal supplies to support self-managed hygiene practices.
- Corona Virus Information
- Smart Traveller
- Covid information for workplaces
- Covid information for schools
- AHPPC advice on COVID 19
How to stay safe and well
- Practise good hygiene and regularly and thoroughly wash your hands.
- Maintain physical distancing, keep at least 1.5 metres away from others.
- From 11:59pm on Sunday 2 August 2020, all Victorians must wear a face covering when they leave home, no matter where they live.
- If you feel unwell do not go to work/school.
- Get tested at a nearby testing location. Return home immediately.
- If your condition worsens contact your GP or a health professional. If you become very unwell and are having trouble breathing contact triple zero, you may need to be admitted to hospital.
Remote learning resources 2020
Jenny Williams Ph: +61 3 9591 5188
Penny Featherstone Ph: +61 3 9591 5188
Heads of Campus
- Senior School – Leandra Turner Ph: +61 3 9591 5188
- Junior School – Brighton: Jonathan Kemp and Mel Smith Ph: +61 3 9591 5188
- Junior School – Sandringham: Brad Nelsen Ph: +61 3 9591 5188
Year level Wellbeing leaders or your classroom teacher can be contacted through reception at each campus