Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Here you will find information and guidance about the School’s response to the current outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

This is a rapidly changing situation, so please visit this page for regular updates.

If you suspect you may have the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), please call the Victorian Government dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

 

Latest update from the Headmaster

Brighton Grammar continues to monitor closely the latest information regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). The School is adopting a number of precautionary measures in the interest of our students as detailed in the Headmaster’s letter below. 

Download the Headmaster Letter (PDF) 

 

Information on School-related events 

Decisions are being made on cancelling or postponing particular school-related events that fall outside the ‘normal day-to-day operations’. Parents and students will be informed by the relevant senior BGS staff member of such cancellations or postponements. Please stay abreast of these decisions via email, School Stream and on this information page.

List of events rescheduled or cancelled Term 1

Event/Activity

Date

Annandale Gym

Until end of term

Year 7ACD OE Program

Monday 16 March

VCE Top Class Drama

Monday 16 March

Year 8, 9, 11, 12 House Choral Practice

Tuesday 17 March

A Drone Opera

Tuesday 17 March

Year 4 OE Parent Info Session

Tuesday 17 March

Meliora Boat Club Dinner

Tuesday 17 March

Adair Donaldson Student Presentation and Parent Workshop

Wednesday 18 March

Prep Father’s Breakfast

Wednesday 18 March

Year 1 Father’s Breakfast

Thursday 19 March

Movie Night for Bushfire Appeal

Thursday 19 March

Year 2 Father’s Breakfast

Friday 20 March

Year 7 HRS OE Packing Day

Friday 20 March

Year 8 BGS/FGS Chapel Service

Friday 20 March

40 Year Reunion

Friday 20 March

JS Lunchtime Concert

Monday 23 March

Chess Zonal Championships at BGS

Monday 23 March

BGS Business Breakfast

Wednesday 25 March 

Year 6 SOARR Parent Info Session

Wednesday 25 March 

Year 3 Strings Demo

Wednesday 25 March 

Cricket Presentation Night

Wednesday 25 March 

Haring/Basquait: Crossing Lines

Wednesday 25 March

Year 4 Indigenous Walkabout

Thursday 26 March 

Rugby Season Launch

Thursday 26 March 

JS End of Term Assembly

Friday 27 March

Year 12 Formal

Friday 27 March

Before/After Care           

Monday 23 March until end of term                       

Holiday Program             

Monday 23 March until end of term

 

Updated travel restrictions

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), through Smart Traveller, has now issued a level-four travel ban. The travel advice for all Australians wanting to go overseas is, Do not travel. 

The Australian Government announced that, as of 15 March 2020, all travellers to Australia will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. 

These restrictions will be reviewed regularly. 

 

Advice for families who have planned travel overseas

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), through Smart Traveller, has now issued a level-four travel ban. The travel advice for all Australians wanting to go overseas is, Do not travel. 

If you or your son have been exposed to a person who is known to have, or suspected of having, coronavirus, we ask that you inform the School and keep him home for 14 days from the date of the last suspected exposure. Brighton Grammar will continue to follow this advice until otherwise directed by health authorities.

 

Advice for families who have travelled overseas

Families should be mindful of government quarantine restrictions that are required on their return to Australia. The Australian Government announced that, as of 15 March 2020, all travellers to Australia will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. 

If you or your son have been exposed to a person who is known to have, or suspected of having, coronavirus. We ask that you inform the School and keep him home for 14 days from the date of the last suspected exposure. Brighton Grammar will continue to follow this advice until otherwise directed by health authorities.

Resources

 

Frequently asked questions

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that can cause an infection in people, including a severe respiratory illness. The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

 

Ten ways to reduce your risk of coronavirus

• Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer
• Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow
• Isolate yourself at home if you feel sick. If you take medication ensure you have adequate supplies
• Phone your GP first if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do
• Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep, and now is the time to quit smoking. Call the Quitline 137 848
• Don’t wear a face mask if you are well
• Buy an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol
• Get the flu shot (available April)
• Shaking hands is optional

 

For Chinese translations

Visit the Victorian Government’s information page for the Chinese community.