COVID-19 Information

Firbank Grammar School is committed to supporting and protecting our entire school community through the many challenges that we continue to face throughout the COVID19 pandemic. We have proven ourselves as a resilient and agile community.

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. Please follow the advice on the Victorian Government website on isolation requirements:  https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/checklist

How to notify

  • If your child tests positive to COVID 19, he/she will need to be absent from school for a period of 7 days. To register this with the school, please CLICK HERE to fill out our online form.
  • In addition to notifying the school, you must also register any positive COVID test results with public health authorities. For positive COVID cases the Victorian Government has a checklist to follow: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/checklist-cases
  • If your child is a close contact with someone who is positive to COVID 19, please advise the school through the online form. CLICK HERE Your child will still be permitted to attend school, however they will need to take a RAT each morning they attend school, and only attend if it is negative, and they are asymptomatic. We ask they wear a mask whilst inside at school for the 7 day period their close contact is in isolation with COVID.

How to stay safe and well at FGS

FGS has implemented a number of COVIDSafe practices to ensure the health and safety of all on site are ensured, including:

  • Stay home, and get tested if you are showing any symptoms.
  • Students and staff will continue to be provided with Rapid Antigen Tests in Term 3 2022. RATs are to be used by students and staff only when symptomatic. RATs are also required to be used for 5 days if a student or staff member is a close contact of a confirmed case and they are attending or working at a school. Communication regarding collection of tests will be provided by your respective Head of Campus.
  • Face Masks:
    • All Campuses: Face masks are currently strongly recommended for staff and students, when inside when social distancing is not possible. Masks will be mandatory for large assemblies and other gatherings where staff consider the risk of transmission of COVID 19 may be high. All students and staff are required to carry a reusable mask on them at all times until further notice.
    • Anyone who is a close contact of someone who is positive to COVID 19 is asked to wear a mask whilst inside.
    • All Staff and students must wear a mask when using buses or public transport, unless a lawful exception applies.
  • Promotion of good hygiene practices through training, signage, and provision of soap and sanitizer.
  • Physical distancing practices are maintained through the rearrangement of school furniture and spaces, floor signage to manage traffic flow. No capacity limits are currently required.
  • Regular daily cleaning of all our facilities takes place across all 3 campuses.
  • Staff are encouraged to make use of outdoor spaces and increase ventilation for classes wherever possible. Air purifiers have been installed at priority locations across all 3 campuses.
  • Recording of all visitors on site through Service Victoria QR codes is no longer required.
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant is provided in all teaching and workspaces, along with an encouragement for individuals to carry personal supplies to support self-managed hygiene practices.
  • For further information, see: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/health-advice

 

Scenario Required actions for the student/family Required actions for the school   
A student or staff member tests positive to COVID-19, either through RA test or PCR test Isolate at home or in private accommodation for 7 days (inclusive of weekends) and do not attend school during this period.

Inform the school, that they have tested positive to COVID-19. Communications on how to do this will be sent out in the next few days.

A negative test is not required to return to school following completion of 7 days of isolation.

If a student or staff member tests positive through a RA test, but doesn’t have symptoms or have not been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19, it is recommended they get a PCR test within 48 hours and stay isolated at all times until they receive their result. If the PCR test is negative, the student or staff member can return to school.

Follow the Checklist for COVID cases: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/checklist-cases

The school will communicate with the school community as appropriate given the context of the situation. Privacy of the staff / student will be upheld.
A student or staff member is a household contact or house-like contact. Notify the school that they are a household or household-like contact.

Follow the Checklist for COVID contacts. https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/checklist-cases

Students are permitted to attend school during this period, if:

  • They return a negative RAT test result
  • They are asymptomatic
  • They wear a mask whilst inside on school premises.
The school will support the students learning, please contact the Wellbeing Leader to arrange what assistance is needed.
A student or staff member has been in contact with a case of COVID-19, including at school or at work. If asymptomatic, students and staff should continue to attend school and monitor for symptoms.

If symptomatic, all students/staff must stay/return home, take a rapid antigen test, or get a PCR test if a rapid antigen testing kit unavailable.

On receipt of a negative test result, and if well enough, the student/staff member can return to school.

If staff/students are too unwell to attend school, usual leave/absence policies apply.

Follow the Checklist for COVID contacts.

No further action.

Useful Links 

Remote learning resources

Key Contacts

Principal

Jenny Williams Ph: +61 3 9591 5188

Health Centre

Penny Featherstone Ph: +61 3 9591 5188

Heads of Campus

  • Senior School – Leandra Turner Ph: +61 3 9591 5188
  • Junior School – Brighton: Mel Smith +61 3 9591 5141
  • Junior School – Sandringham: Brad Nelsen Ph: +61 3 9533 5711

Year level Wellbeing leaders or your classroom teacher can be contacted through reception at each campus.