Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Redeemer Lutheran College continues to monitor the ongoing worldwide situation of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and would like to reassure parents that the health and wellbeing of our students, staff, families and community members is always our number one priority. 

As we continue to be alert and not alarmed, all actions and recommendations taken by the college are in consultation with the Queensland Government Metro South Public Health Unit to ensure we are well informed and prepared.

Redeemer is prepared for a range of scenarios, and we have outlined below a number of recommendations to families as this situation continue to evolve.

Translated Documents

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you Deuteronomy 31:6

UPDATE: 26/03/2020

The Queensland Government has today announced that an additional five (5) Student Free Days will be in place next week, from Monday 30 March to Friday 3 April inclusive. 

Annastacia Palaszczuk MP 

BREAKING: "Queensland schools will move to student-free days next week as we work to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Schools will remain open in a limited capacity until the end of term on April 3, to allow for the children of essential workers to remain at school and for teachers to prepare to move to remote learning from home.

This is not a normal school break and it’s not a holiday. It is vital that parents take responsibility for their children during this time."

Redeemer Lutheran College confirms that as at 31/03/20, there are currently no known cases of the novel Coronavirus in our school community and the measures we are taking are in line with government recommendations. 

Changes to Upcoming Events

Please find below a revised list of upcoming College events (as at 20/03/20) up until the end of May, that have been cancelled or changed as a result of the current situation (further updates will follow early next term).

March 2020

  • Interhouse Cross Country Carnivals (30/03 - 31/03) – Cancelled.

April 2020

  • Senior School Drama Club Performance (01/04) – Cancelled.
  • Concert Series #1 (01/04) and Concert Series #2 (02/04) – Cancelled.
  • Year 1 PBL walk-through display (02/04) – Postponed.
  • Senior School Special Easter Worship (02/04) – to be held in smaller groups.
  • Year 12 Geography Camp (19-20/4) – To be advised.
  • Senior Girls Football Select Friendly Game (21/04) – Postponed.
  • Japanese Restaurant Visit (22/4) – Cancelled.
  • Year 11 Hospitality Excursion (23/4) – Cancelled.
  • ReCharge Leadership 2020 for selected Year 12 students (23/04) – Cancelled.
  • Year 10 Hospitality Eat Street Markets Excursion (24/04) – Cancelled.
  • ANZAC Day P-12 Service (24/04) - Cancelled.

May 2020

  • QYMA Chamber Strings (08/05) – Modified (may go ahead in online forum).
  • Redeemer Fair (09/05) – Cancelled. The P&F Management Committee will investigate options for the Fair to be held in 2021.
  • QYMA College Choristers (18/05) – Modified (may go ahead in online forum).
  • Music Extension Recital #2 (20/05) – Modified (further details to be advised next term).
  • QYMA Wind Ensemble (21/05) – Modified (further details to be advised next term).
  • Middle School Band Festival (22-24/05) – Cancelled. Concert at Twilight with QYO (31/05) – To be advised next term.

June 2020

  • Grandparents & Special Friends Day – Cancelled.

October 2020

  • Year 8 Camp - NEW DATES: 12-14 October (Term 4, Week 2) at Mary Valley Experiential Learning Centre, Tuchekoi 

Music

  • All scheduled lessons and rehearsals are continuing to operate as usual, in line with government (federal and state) guidelines.
  • All co-curricular music, and before and after school activities to cease tonight for the remainder of Term 1
  • Instrumental music lessons will continue (Avenues are currently being explored to deliver music ensembles online)
  • All of our upcoming major concerts have been cancelled.
  • Should you choose to absent your child from their music lesson (i.e. voluntarily not attending school), whilst the school is operating as usual, please know that these lessons will not be credited or made-up.

Sport & Activities

  • JTAS Sport – Term 1 games and training sessions have been cancelled.
  • GBC Sport – Term 1 & Term 2 games and training sessions have been cancelled. 
  • All representative school sport trials, competitions and programs – Cancelled until further notice.  This relates to district, regional, state, national, interstate and international competitions, and also Queensland School Sport team participation in any national, interstate or international events organised across Australia or internationally.
  • Junior and Senior School Interhouse Cross Country Carnivals – will proceed, however parents/visitors will not be permitted to attend.
  • Year 1-3 after school sport programs – Cancelled.
  • GBC Term 2 training and trials – Cancelled.
  • Strength and Conditioning programs – Still happening in modified format.
  • All Select programs (Netball, Tennis, Volleyball, Football) – Still happening in modified format.
  • Families are eligible for a refund of any regional trial levies that have been paid for a trial that has been cancelled.  Please see the Regional Sport Refund Guide for details.
  • Debating – all Junior and Senior Debating cancelled until further notice.
  • All co-curricular and before and after school activities - Cancelled for the remainder of Term 1
Chapel Devotions

Devotions for both the Junior School and Senior School will be held in classrooms and home groups.

Assemblies
  • Junior School: A modified Assembly will be held in classes each Friday.  Parents will not be permitted to attend.
  • Senior School: Assemblies for Senior School will be cancelled for the remainder of Term 1.
Other Cancelled Activities
  • Our Saviour Playgroup - Cancelled until further notice.
  • Helping Hands Van - student participation suspended until further notice.

Personal Hygiene

The most important thing that you can do at this time is to place a high priority on your personal hygiene:

  • To stop the spread, show your children how to wash their hands properly using soap and water regularly, or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. 
  • All students are to have their own water bottles, filled with sufficient water for any sporting practice or fixture. Students are NOT to share their water bottle with another student. 
  • Social Distancing: The more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread. 
  • If your child is unwell, please keep them at home and notify the office in a timely manner.

"Washy, Washy, Clean, Scrub, Scrub!"

It's fun to wash your hands
And I know you understand
So we washy washy clean, scrub scrub

We start with washing palm to palm
Between each finger let us rub
Now the back of the hands, its such a simple plan
We washy washy clean, scrub scrub

Clean the base of the thumbs one by one
Then the back of the fingers this is fun!
Don't forget your fingernails, its about details
We washy washy clean, scrub scrub

Now move on to the wrists, let us rub
I think were nearly done, so now what
Just rinse the soap away, dry our hands and were ok
We washy washy clean, scrub scrub

So we washy washy clean, scrub scrub
We washy washy clean, scrub scrub
It's fun to wash your hands and I know you'll understand
We washy washy clean, scrub scrub

What if my child is not well?

Australian Government Department of Health advises that children with upper respiratory tract illnesses must not attend school while symptomatic. This includes cold like symptoms, e.g. coughs, sore throats, runny noses. Should a student become ill with upper respiratory tract symptoms, they will be sent home as soon as possible.

Parents are to keep their children at home while symptomatic. If a student arrives to school unwell, or becomes unwell during the day, the student will be isolated and the parents will be notified. The student must then be collected in a reasonable time frame.

Please ensure that your contact details are up to date with the College, together with your emergency contact authorised to collect your child should you not be available.

Children who have been confirmed to have COVID-19 must not return to school until they meet the isolation criteria advised to you by your treating health team.

Self-isolation

Students who have left, or transited through any country in the last 14 days must continue to self-isolate themselves prior to returning to the college. Self-isolation means staying at home and not accepting visitors.

If your child has been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus in the last 14 days, they must also isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case.

These are important preventative measures that have been put in place in the interests of public health. Anyone who has completed the self-quarantine period of 14 days and shows no symptoms of illness is then permitted to return to the college.

Teaching and learning continues

As previously communicated, teaching and learning is continuing as normal at Redeemer. Although the College is prepared to deliver lessons remotely, this will not be enacted unless we are directed to close.  Students who are absent for any reason are able to access resources via MyRedeemer, as has been the case for a number of years.  Lessons will not be delivered remotely for students who are absent while the school is open to students.

Junior School

For students who miss assessment in Prep to Year 6, the classroom teacher will make adjustments and provisions on an individualised basis in consultation with Miss Tamara Zingelmann, Teaching and Learning Coordinator. In the event of a whole school closure, assessment requirements and timelines will be amended accordingly.

Senior School

Under the current procedure, students are required to present a medical certificate (Years 7-9) or medical report (Years 10-12) in the event of missing an assessment item due to illness.  

Given the current strain on medical professionals, the need for a medical certificate in Years 7-9 has been waived until further notice. Naturally students who are ill and able to access a medical appointment should do so.  Students in Years 7-9 will still be required to complete the Application for Assessment Adjustment form and provide a written statement from a parent or guardian outlining the reason for the absence. Prolonged absences may result in a ‘NA’ being awarded for assessment. 

Students undertaking assessment in Years 10-12 are also temporarily exempt from providing full medical reports in the case of short absences from school.  However, students are encouraged to access a medical professional and have the report completed if possible, should they be not well enough to complete the assessment piece. Students will be required to complete the Application for Assessment Adjustment form and Confidential Student Statement before an application is processed.

Redeemer Lutheran College, in partnership with the QCAA, is committed to fairness and equity of access regarding assessment. Prolonged absences during assessment will be managed by QCAA.

What will happen if Redeemer is directed to close?

As we continue to be alert and not alarmed, we would encourage students to ensure they take their laptop (device) and charger home each day, and relevant texts (not available online) in case of a school closure.

  • Parents and students will not be permitted to access the campus or lockers if the school is closed.
  • Outside School Hours Care may be closed (including Before/After School Care, Vacation Care). Any closure will be communicated directly with families.
  • All outside providers for sport and music tuition will be cancelled (e.g. GBC, JTAS, music lessons, swimming, tennis, drama – all cancelled).
  • The College intends to provide a range of services online (e.g. Business Office, IT Services).

Junior School: Prep to Year 6

In the event of an extended school closure, Junior School students from P-6 will be able to access learning via MyRedeemer supported by Microsoft Teams where appropriate. Our teachers will continue to provide learning experiences through these platforms with a strong desire for connection and routine on a daily basis. Daily check-ins will be scheduled for each class and activities posted on MyRedeemer class pages. Teachers, students and parents working in partnership will continue to be a priority in the event of a closure.  Further information will be communicated as required. The Junior School leadership team and teachers will continue to be accessible via email.

Senior School: Years 7-12

Preparations are well advanced to move teaching and learning online, should the College be directed to close by the Government. MyRedeemer, with additional functionality through Microsoft Teams will continue to be the key platform for learning online. The regular school timetable will continue to operate if the College closes and learning occurs remotely.  In practice, this means teachers and students continuing to work together during our normal timetabled lesson times. Students will be guided by remote learning protocols to ensure learning continues to be productive and equitable.

What do you need to do now?

Ensure that you are familiar with your Redeemer username and password to access our MyRedeemer online portal and learning management system. If you are unsure as to how to login to MyRedeemer (e.g. don’t know your username or password), please contact IT Services on 3340 8877.

How will Redeemer communicate with you?

Redeemer will continue to email you with important information updates. In addition, information updates will continue to be placed on the MyRedeemer News feed as well as the Redeemer App.

Please ensure that you have the Redeemer App downloaded onto your phone for the latest alerts. For instructions on how to download the App, please go to www.redeemer.com.au/news/app.

 In the event of a school closure, parents will be notified immediately via SMS as well as all other modes of college communication (including email, MyRedeemer and the Redeemer App).

Further information

We thank you for your cooperation and understanding with this current situation.  If you have any further questions or concerns, you are invited to contact the Principal, Mrs Tanya Crooks directly via principal@redeemer.com.au or phone 61 7 3340 8802.

Please continue to email the Junior School (junior@redeemer.com.au) and/or Senior School (senior@redeemer.com.au) should your children be remaining at home.

Parent Resources

Coronavirus is an evolving international health concern. Around the world, people are being affected in many ways. Individuals of all ages from numerous nationalities are being diagnosed with the virus –– it doesn’t discriminate. Although children are considered at lower risk of infection, they are not immune to the multitude of news reports regularly seen or heard in the media.

This epidemic is a cause for great concern to parents, but it is also very worrying to young people. Many are wondering how best to discuss this epidemic in a way that will be reassuring to kids without making them feel more worried than what they may be already. Parents should not avoid such a discussion with their kids. Not talking about something can often make them worry more. 

Although most children will have already heard about the coronavirus, it is important for parents and care-givers to take this opportunity to convey the facts about it and set the emotional tone. This may help kids feel more informed and reassured. Involving them and encouraging self-efficacy can also give them a sense of control and purpose.

In this Special Report, parents and caregivers will be provided with some guidelines on how best to approach this topic whilst still ensuring the wellbeing of their child. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback. 

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Here is the link to your special report https://redeemer.schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/special-report-coronavirus

As our College motto reminds us at Redeemer, Our Hope is in Christ.  What a time to be reminded of this as “Nothing can separate us from the love of God” (Romans 8:38-39).  We invite you to join us in prayer: 

Heavenly Father, bring healing and comfort for people around the world suffering from Coronavirus COVID‑19. Speed their recovery and slow the spread of the virus. We thank you for the efforts of all those involved in treating, testing and caring for patients, and ask your protection over them as they go about their work. Give wisdom to governments around the world as they manage this outbreak. We ask for your peace when we are tempted to panic or become anxious about this disease. Help us to place our trust in you, knowing that our life is safely hidden in you and that you are the Lord of all creation. Enable us to show your love to others, sharing the hope we have in you, praying and caring for the sick and needy as best we can in the name of Christ. Amen

Resources, Fact Sheets and FAQ documents

Previous Communication 

Subscribe to our Newsletter