• Rowville Secondary College will endeavour to update our community with the latest on COVID-19.
  • Updates will also come through Compass. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
  • Please click here for updates from Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria State Government.

UPDATES & LATEST NEWS

2022

Here is the latest information from the Victorian Government for the beginning of the 2022 school year across all Victorian schools.

Free rapid antigen tests
Free rapid antigen tests will be available for the first 4 weeks of Term 1 2022.
The department will supply the tests to our school – you do not need to buy your own.
Please be aware that the parent or student collecting the test-kits will have to sign for them.

Conducting rapid antigen tests
Twice-a-week testing will be strongly recommended for both students and staff.
Students and staff will do the tests at home; they only need to report their result if it is COVID-positive. They must report a COVID-positive result to:

Information about how to do a test and how to read RAT results, including a how-to video translated into 33 languages, is available online.

Vaccination requirements
Parents and carers must have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine or have a valid medical exception (with limited exceptions) to enter school buildings. All staff working in schools need to be fully vaccinated or have a verified medical exception. COVID-19 vaccinations for students are not required for them to attend school but vaccination for students is highly encouraged. If your child has not yet had their first dose, please try to organise this before term begins. For more information on how to book a vaccination, including important information about vaccination for children aged 5 to 11, visit Vaccination information for children and teenagers.

Ventilation
We will also make sure that classrooms are well ventilated by opening windows and doors, to minimise the risk of infection. We have received 83 air purifiers, which will be used around the school as an added safety measure.

Vital COVIDSafe steps
Hand hygiene, mask wearing, and social distancing will continue wherever possible in Term 1.

Staff and students must wear masks indoors at all times and on public transport to and from school. Masks are not required outside. Students are required to bring their own supply of masks to school.

There are lawful reasons for not wearing a face mask, including for staff and students who are unable to wear a face mask due to the nature of their disability, medical or a mental health condition. Parent/carers of a student/s who meet the criteria for an exception should provide their approval in writing for their child/ren to not wear a mask to the school.

Staffing our school
I know many of you will have questions about what happens if your child’s teacher gets COVID-19. We will be able to bring in extra teachers and other staff if we need them, and we will be doing everything that we can to make sure our school stays safe and open. Feel free to contact us to clarify any concerns you may have by phoning 97554555 or emailing rowville.sc@education.vic.gov.au

2020 & 2021

For 2020 & 2021 Covid news click here.

WELLBEING RESOURCES

For students, parents, staff and the community

We are open to talking, listening and supporting – whatever you need, even if you don’t know what you need.

Watch Video: Meet our Wellbeing Team 

Wellbeing Support & Information

  • Mental health specialists agree that the social and mental impact of COVID 19 is great, diverse and far reaching.
  • The Wellbeing team at Rowville Secondary College continue to offer support to our community both remotely and on campus for VCE students.
  • We can be contacted via phone, microsoft teams or email.

Wellbeing Contacts & Ongoing Student Support

  • Wellbeing Staff: Andy Phillips, Joanne Johnson, Emma McLachlan, Michelle Furzer & Sean Venn.
  • Phone 9755 4555 (ask for Wellbeing East or Wellbeing West).
  • Email: wellbeing@rowvillesc.vic.gov.au.

Important Wellbeing Resources

Our Wellbeing Team have sourced some excellent and helpful resources that our families would benefit from during this time to assist with remote learning and mental health.

HEADSPACE Resources

Need some Motivation? 
Here are some great resources from our Wellbeing Team to help you get motivated.

Support for parents carers and guardians >>

More Resources 

Virtual Health Office at Rowville Secondary College

Our Rowville Secondary College Virtual Health Office is open and is being run by our school nurse, Ms. Stephanie Sear. If anyone in our school community; families, parents, teachers and students have any health issues and/or inquiries and question simply contact Stephanie by sending her an email in Compass.