for the nudgee college community

COVID-19 Advice

College closure due to SEQ Lockdown
31 July 2021

Dear parents and caregivers,

As per the Queensland Deputy Premier’s directive this morning, the College will enter a forced lockdown in response to the localised outbreak of COVID-19. 

As a result, the City of Brisbane, Moreton Bay Regional Council, City of Gold Coast, City of Ipswich, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Logan City, Noosa Shire Council, Redland City, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council, and Sunshine Coast Regional Council LGA areas will be locked down including the closure of all schools in this area

This forced closure will take effect from 4.00 pm today 31 July 2021 and will remain in place until 4.00 pm Tuesday 3 August 2021. The closure extends to all on-site services and hire arrangements at the College including the swimming pool, tennis centre, Bingo, and the athletics centre. Mary Rice ELC will remain open for essential workers only and separate communication will be sent to their families.

LEARNING & TEACHING

During this closure the continuity of learning remains paramount. Monday will be a study day for students to allow teachers to prepare for online learning. On Tuesday, students will commence online learning with their assigned timetabled classes for periods 2 to 5. Refer to this link for details. 

All students who can be supervised and learn from home must stay home, with the exception of vulnerable students and children of essential workers. In keeping with the State Government directive, the College will provide on-site supervision for these students only and campus supervision is restricted to the families that have no other options. 

To assist with our planning, please advise the College if you anticipate that you will need to send your son/s to school on Monday or Tuesday. To do so please complete this form by 12 noon tomorrow. An alternate and reduced bus run will be in effect on Monday and Tuesday for these students should they require transport to and/or from school.

Students in Years 7 to 12 must wear a mask while on campus at all times. This includes while travelling on College buses to and from school as well as in classrooms and some areas of the playground during breaks.

BOARDING

The College has made the following decision around leave for this period of time. Boarders are permitted to go on leave with immediate family only. They are to communicate with their Head of Boarding House and enter leave into REACH as per normal. Boarders who are currently on leave with hosts must return to the College by 4.00 pm. No leave will be granted for boys to stay with friends or other approved hosts that are not immediate family.

Those boarders who remain at the College will be cared for as per normal. No leave will be permitted off-site for the duration of the lockdown period and classes will move to online learning during this period. 

If you have any questions or concerns around this process please contact your Head of Boarding House.

CONCLUSION

Over the coming days, the following websites may be a useful resource as you continue to manage the impact the situation may have on your son: Queensland Health and Headspace.

I request being informed if your son is diagnosed with COVID-19 during this forced lockdown. This information, including the date of diagnosis, should be forwarded to principal@nudgee.qld.edu.au

I will update you further over the coming days if subsequent announcements are made by the Queensland Government.

I thank you for your ongoing support of the College and each other at this time.

Yours sincerely,

David Johnston 
Acting Principal