Community - COVID19 Information

Stage 4 'Stay at Home' Restrictions (updated August 6, 2020)

Please ensure you have read our school newsletter and any formal communication via Caremonkey and our Skoolbag App for other updates.
Please contact our office if you need assistamce with these communication services.

Provisions for onsite school arrangements are set out by the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria in agreement with Victorian State Government and Education authorities.  They are provided below:

The following information defines those students who are permitted to be onsite here from now on during Stage 4 Restrictions:
SCHOOLS: Restricted to permitted workers and vulnerable children (e.g. those in out of home care or known to child protection, medically/socially vulnerable children)

On-site supervision will be available for P-10 students in the following categories, based on revised criteria:

  • children whose parents work in one of the defined essential continuing industries

  • Vulnerable children including:

    • Children in out-of-home care

    • Children deemed by Child Protection and/or Family Services to be at risk of harm

    • Children identified by the school as vulnerable (including via referral from a family violence agency, homelessness or youth justice service or mental health or other health service)

    • Children with a disability who also fit one of the above two categories, or where the family is experiencing severe stress.

Definition of vulnerable students

The DHHS has provided a definition of vulnerable students for the purpose of onsite supervision programs during flexible and remote learning.

Vulnerable students are defined as:


  • children in out-of-home care

  • children deemed by Child Protection and/or Family Services to be at risk of harm

  • children identified by the school as vulnerable (including via referral from a family violence agency, homelessness or youth justice service, or mental health or other health service).

St Dominic's Approach to implementing the Return to School Guide (Term 2, Updated May 25, 2020): 

1.     Staggered Arrival and Finishing times

The staggered arrival and finishing times are outlined in the table below.  Importantly we recognise work commitments may not allow for some parents & guardians to attend to the new finishing times, however they vary by only 20 minutes and students will remain with teachers until 3.30 if this is not possible.  The intent is to spread the number of adults arriving and leaving in close proximity.  In each scenario below, older siblings may arrive and finish at the same time as younger siblings if that best suits family arrangements.


Please liaise with you child’s teacher if your circumstances prevent you from adhering to these times.  Further explanation is provided in the video.


2.     Distributed areas for Drop off and Pick up (if required)


Please note the last column of the table below.  Preferably students will enter the school and walk to class without a parent once arriving at school.  Understandably there may be anxiety about returning to school and many younger students are yet to establish independence in this regard, so where a parent makes a judgement call to accompany their child onsite, please read the notes under point 3 below.


Images of the class drop off areas and social distancing measures are provided in the video with help from some of our star students who have been learning onsite already!


Please assist us with the applying the practices that will meet the intent of DROP & GO and PICK UP & GO.  As much as we would like to have all in our school community staying around for a chat and catch up, in these circumstances we encouraging such practices to minimise risk.


Arrival Times


Finish & leave




Prep + siblings

8.40 via P1 front gate

3.10 via P1 front gate

Via P1, no use of play equipment

Prep Baker – P1

Prep Ryan – P2 via P1

Year 1/2 + siblings

8.40 via driveway

(Keep left)

3.10 via driveway

(Keep left)

Drop off: through Basket Ball court area to nearest stair entry

Pick up: near hall & netball court

Year 3/4 + older siblings

8.50 via driveway

(Keep left)

3.20 via driveway

(Keep left)

Drop off: through Basket Ball court area

Pick up: BB court in front of gum trees

Year 5/6

9.00 via driveway

(Keep left)

3.30 via driveway

(Keep left)

Drop off: offsite - street/gate

Pick up: offsite - street/gate

If need be wait with teacher on duty out the front until parent is visible


3.     Notes to Facilitate Social Distancing and Gatherings of Adults Onsite


o   Driveway access KEEP LEFT

o   Tennis gate access for FOOT TRAFFIC

o   Where practical students to enter grounds only

o   Understandably there may be anxiety about returning to school, so where a parent makes a judgement call to accompany their child at drop off and pick up, they are requested to stay outdoors, keep to the designated areas, not to congregate, and leave as soon as the child has made their way to the classroom or is handed over to a teacher or vice versa

o   There is to be no congregating onsite or immediately outside the school grounds

o   Where practical and age appropriate, parents might consider a designated meeting point nearby school for a student to exit the school and meet them

o   While dropping off and picking up, parents are asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines, i.e. remaining 1.5m apart from others not in their family group

o   Signs to be erected to assist in reminding people of these measures

o   Staggered times begin with younger students and progresses to older. Where there is an older sibling they may enter and exit at the same times as the younger sibling.

o   Families to arrive as close to the designated times or within the 10 minutes prior

o   Strictly no use of playground equipment before or after school (especially important for Preps accessing via P1)

o   The mindset should be to drop and go and pick up and leave

o   Any discussions needed with a teacher will be via email, phone etc and not at Drop Off and Pick Up times

o   Limited office access - please email or call for enquiries.

        4.    Cleaning and Hygiene Measures

Specific guidelines have been developed to assist Victorian Catholic schools and cleaning contractors to inform the scope of enhanced cleaning works at schools to reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).


o   Our maintenance and cleaning providers have been engaged to attend to these protocols 

o   More extensive daily cleaning with specific instructions

o   Cleaning during the school day

o   Specific formalised methodologies of cleaning and disinfecting of a range of areas and surfaces

o   Classroom education on COVID-19 specific hygiene practices

o   Expanded student practices for sanitiser use.


Thanks to Rocky, Wendy and their team for attending to these requirements

CECV Communication: Return to School Operations Guide 

Staggered start and finish
Schools must give consideration to steps that can be taken to reduce the number of adults congregating outside the school at any one time, including parents and carers at peak times such as drop-off and pick-up.
Decisions will be informed by local circumstances, school layout, design and street frontage, and will differ from school to school.
Schools will need to put in place arrangements that meet the intent of health advice and ensure community confidence.

Specific attention should be paid to:

  • opening as many entry and exit points to the school as is safe, and allocating staff to
  • ensure students are safely supervised, and students and parents feel confident with
  • the arrival/departure from school
  • staggering start and finish times by groups of year levels (for example,
  • junior/middle/senior), while also enabling siblings to arrive/leave at the same time and
  • be safely supervised while on the school site (noting there may be some impact on
  • total instructional time)
  • asking parents to avoid or minimise time spent in or around the school grounds.

Families will need to plan for and adapt to altered arrangements to arrive at specified times

  • using signage to remind staff, students and families of the need for changed behaviours
  • staggering lunch and recess to reduce mixing of year levels where possible, and
  • reducing possible congestion in staffrooms
  • where possible, allocating different areas of the school grounds to different year levels during breaks, in order to reduce mixing among different year levels.

The greater the likelihood of congestion, especially among adults, the more strategies schools
will need to consider.






 The staged return will be as follows:
  • Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 students onsite from Tuesday 26 May 2020
  • planned return of all students for onsite learning at Catholic schools from Tuesday 9 June 2020.
  • all school staff to work from the school site from Monday 25 May 2020, with exceptions for some staff in identified risk categories, based on medical advice

Please refer to our website to acces the newsletter of May 14 for more details.

CURRENT STATUSMessage to Parents/Guardians of St Dominic's Primary School

Dear Parents and Guardians,
On this page you will find information relating to the impact of COVID-19 on our school.
At present students are to do their learning from home.  Guidelines were sent to families via our CareMonkey emails at the start of the Term.  It is as follows:

On the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the CECV advises that all Victorian Catholic schools  are required to transition to remote and flexible learning arrangements for Term 2.

The Chief Health Officer has advised that these arrangements should remain in place for the duration of Term 2 and will then be reviewed.

As we act to slow the spread of coronavirus, we recommend that schools communicate to students and parents that all children who can learn at home must learn from home.
All students should be learning from home, with exceptions allowed for students in the following categories;
  • Children of parents who cannot work from home and on days when no other arrangements can be made
  • children in out-of-home care
  • children deemed by Child Protection and/or Family Services to be at risk of harm
  • children identified by the school as vulnerable.

Home and onsite learning programs

  • The learning program delivered onsite should be the same as the learning program delivered to students undertaking remote learning.  

Thanks for your understanding during this very challenging period of time.

Kind regards

Patrick Green
Premier Andrews' Statement - March 22, 2020
Please also refer to letters sent directly to families via CareMonkey in relation to specific infromation for St Dominic's families. These are inclusive of dates March 11, 2020 to present.