Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs for Staff

Brighton Grammar School is committed to ensuring a safe place of work, learning and wellbeing for our staff and students. The School’s Senior Executive continues to monitor the advice provided by the Australian and Victorian Governments, and Victorian Chief Health Officer.

Frequently asked questions

Staff wellbeing

  • I think I need to speak with a counsellor. Who can I call?

    If you feel like you would benefit from some additional support, you can contact the School’s Employee Assistance Program. This service, provided by Converge International, offers confidential telephone and consulting counselling services 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. They can also be contacted on 1300 687 327.

    Alternatively, we have compiled a list of helplines, websites and other community related services available to provide support during these unprecedented times.   

  • I am a little nervous about return onsite. Does the School have a COVIDSafe plan in the event that there is a suspected case?

    A review of the School’s emergency management plan has been undertaken and the Senior Executive is comfortable that we are prepared in the event of a potential COVID-19 case.

    As required by the Victorian Government, the School has a COVIDSafe plan which outlines the steps we have taken in order to protect our staff, students and visitors during the return to onsite learning. This plan also contains the steps the Headmaster/Senior Executive would take should there be a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 at BGS.

  • I am classified as a vulnerable individual. What options do I have to continue working remotely?

    As per advice provided by the Victorian Chief Health Officer, teachers and other school staff may be at greater risk of more serious illness if they contract coronavirus if they are:

    • Aged 70 years and older;
    • Aged 65 years and older and with chronic medical conditions;
    • Of any age and have a compromised immune system;
    • Are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and are aged over 50 years with one or more chronic medical

    Should you fall into any of these categories, or have concerns about returning to work, please contact your Head of School, the Chief Operating Officer or Director of Human Resources.

  • Given it is mandatory to wear a face mask whenever we leave home, will the school be providing masks for us to wear?

    BGS face masks (reusable/cloth and triple layer) were provided to staff during Term 3. Please contact Main Reception (ext 200) if you have not received your mask.

    Please note: you may choose to wear your own cloth mask or a disposable surgical mask. Surgical masks will be available from all reception areas around the School. All staff are reminded of the need to change their surgical mask after 4 hours of wear whilst also disposing of their used surgical mask appropriately.

    Should you opt to wear a reusable cloth mask, please remember to wash your mask after each use. If during the day your mask becomes visibly dirty or wet, please collect a new disposable surgical mask from reception.

    Further information regarding face coverings can be found on the DHHS Face coverings at work webpage.

    All staff will also undergo compulsory training in the use of face coverings prior to returning onsite. Staff will be required to acknowledge their participation in the online training.

  • Further resources

    A range of fact sheets are available to assist with managing your wellbeing when working remotely, returning onsite or when navigating the challenges of life in general. 

    Please note: additional resources will be added periodically to the Staff drive under BGS Intranet / My Employment / Wellbeing. You can access this by locating the S Drive on your computer.

    Coping with stress during COVID-19 (PDF)

    Strategies for managing stress (PDF)

    6 Tips to protect your hands during handwashing (PDF)

    Tips for remote working for professional support staff (PDF)

    How to wear a face mask (PDF)



Work related queries



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IT support

Contact IT Support for issues relating to computer hardware, software, network folder permissions, emails, Staff ID cards and door security,

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COVID-19 information page

Visit our COVID-19 page to find updates, information and guidance about the School’s response to the current outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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