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COVID-19 Parent Update - 18 March 2020

Mar 18, 2020

The latest information on how COVID-19 affects MHS

Dear Parents/Carers


Please know that the safety of the students, staff and the Marryatville High School community is our highest priority. We would also like to reassure you that we are remaining vigilant, and continuing to act on the most recent formal information, advice and alerts, released by the Department for Education, SA Health and the State and Federal Governments.

Managing Illness & Self Isolation

It’s important that if students are unwell that they stay at home and recover to avoid the spread of winter illnesses (not just COVID-19). If a student becomes unwell with flu-like symptoms at school, we will immediately contact parents/carers and enact infection control practices. 

In-line with Commonwealth advice, students are required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days if they:

  • have been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • have had close contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • have arrived from overseas travel from any country (as of midnight Sunday 15 March 2020)

As an added safety measure, all visitors signing in via the Front Office, must declare they are free from free of flu like symptoms, as part of our sign in process. As such, please report to the Front Office if you visiting the school.


Isolation, Social Distancing & Hygiene Standards

Social distancing is one way to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes avoiding large public gatherings, keeping a reasonable distance from other people whenever possible, and minimising physical contact such as shaking hands. We are providing accurate information to students about how they can keep themselves safe, through our Student Life program. 


To this end, please remind your student to:

  • wash their hands regularly, particularly after using the toilet and before eating
  • cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue.

Resources and posters from SA Health have been displayed in all classrooms and bathroom areas. We are also undertaking a thorough audit of hygiene supplies and infrastructure including checks on functionality of hand dryers, soap dispensers, paper towels, and availability of hand sanitizer. Cleaning services are also being increased to include more regular and thorough cleaning of door handles, lift buttons, and wiping down common areas such as meeting room tables, administration areas (reception desks) and tables in libraries. 


MHS is now a Cashless Site

To maximise hygiene we have decided thatwe will not be accepting cash at the canteen or Finance Office from tomorrow onwards (Thursday 19 March). All lunches, snacks and drinks can still be purchased during break times using the canteen EFTPOS facility. Other school purchases can be made via QKR, BPoint & EFTPOS.

Avoiding cash handling will allow our canteen and school service officers to adhere to increased health and safety requirements.

Continuity of Learning & Assessment

The Marryatville High School Leadership team have devised response plans to ensure that ‘on campus’ learning remains viable and safe for all. We have also planned for delivering learning programs in the event of a prolonged school closure. Some families have currently made the decision to keep their students home from school. This is a personal decision, and we appreciate it is not a decision that families make lightly. Teachers will continue to make lesson notes, assessment tasks, learning resources, and homework tasks available via Daymap. We will endeavour to be flexible and make accommodations to ensure that overall assessment results are not compromised, as a result of these challenging circumstances.

In the event of prolonged school closure, teachers will have the option to negotiate flexibility in SACE, with the use of special provisions including:

  • extra drafting opportunities
  • option for re-submission on return to face to face learning
  • modification of task requirements
  • reduction in number of tasks
  • extension of deadlines

All communication with students and families will continue via messaging through our Daymap portal. We are also asking students to be prepared for the event of a sudden school closure, by bringing home all required devices, materials and resources, at the end of each day.


Cancellation of School Activities

As per my last communication, we have unfortunately had to cancel many school activities. We will be working in the coming days, to provide refunds where possible, and/or re-book learning experiences for later in the year. Please be patient as we manage these contingencies.

We appreciate that this is a difficult time for many, and would like to assure you that we are taking precautions to minimise risk to students, staff, families and the Marryatville High School Community. We will continue to provide regular information to families about our response to these unique challenges.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the school if you have concerns.  


Kind regards

Julie Ferguson

Deputy Principal| Marryatville High School