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18 March 2020 by

For the COVID-19 23 March Update 1 in Dinka, click the video below.


When should I keep my son/daughter home?
As of Tuesday 24 March 2020, MacKillop College Term 1 break has officially commenced. This decision was not made lightly and so we encourage parents/guardians to keep their son/daughter home for the duration of the holidays.


When will students be required to return to school?
Further communication regarding the commencement of Term 2 will be communicated as soon as possible. At this stage, the intention is for students to return to the College when Term 2 commences. If the advice changes, however, online learning will commence for Term 2.


What does my son/daughter need for online learning?
Students will need all of their school materials. If they were unable to take all of those home today (Monday 23 March 2020), there will be an opportunity for them to come and collect their materials over the next four days (Tuesday 24 March until Friday 27 March).
Further information on what will be needed for online learning can be found by clicking on these links:
Preparing for a school closure: Student Guide
Preparing for a school closure: Community Guide


I am struggling to get a Statutory Declaration processed due to the doctors and chemists being overwhelmed. What else can I do?
The following authorities can sign a Statutory Declaration:

  • Justice of the Peace
  • Police Officer
  • Court Registrar
  • Bank Manager
  • Dentist

For more, go to: https://www.justice.vic.gov.au/statdecs


Where do I find a Statutory Declaration?
This Statutory Declaration can be used: https://www.vocat.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/publications/Statutory_Declaration_Form.pdf

For more information, go to: https://www.justice.vic.gov.au/statdecs


Why hasn’t MacKillop College closed yet?
The current advice is that all schools remain open, as shared in the CEVN directive sent on Monday 16 March 2020, Dr Brett Sutton, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, who has advised that ‘pre-emptive school closures are not likely to be proportionate or effective as a public health intervention to prevent community transmission of COVID-19 at this time.’ This is the same advice given by Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia.

Closure at this stage would be premature and do more harm than good. The instant that changes, we will respond accordingly.

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