Montessori International College continues to monitor the ongoing worldwide situation with COVID-19 with the health and wellbeing of our MIC community our top priority.

Latest information

Montessori International College confirms that as at October 21, 2021 there are currently no known cases of the novel coronavirus at our school and we are taking all necessary safety and hygiene measures in line with government regulations.

One MIC parent was diagnosed with coronavirus in late March 2020 after returning from a family holiday to the United States. That parent was already in isolation with her family when diagnosed and the entire family stayed in isolation until receiving the all-clear from Queensland Health in April 2020. No members of the family attended school or had contact with any member of the MIC community during that time.

Recent lockdown

The Sunshine Coast recently completed an 8-day lockdown which ended at 4.00pm on Sunday, August 8, 2021. During the lockdown, MIC and the Early Learning and Childcare Service remained open for children of essential workers and vulnerable persons only. Montessori+ activities were cancelled during this period and MIC implemented its Learning at Home programs. The Adolescent Community commenced Learning at Home on Tuesday, August 3, and the Primary College commenced Learning at Home on Wednesday, August 4.

On Sunday, August 8, 2021 the Queensland Premier announced the return to school, with restrictions, on Monday, August 9, 2021 for all staff and students in the 11 previously locked down Local Government Areas (LGAs), including MIC.

Actions at school

All staff and students returned to school on Monday, August 9, 2021 however a number of restrictions apply.

Masks at school

The wearing of masks at school is required in indoor settings where people can’t socially distance. Masks still need to be worn when going into and out of classrooms, however teachers can remove them while they are teaching, and students in our Adolescent Community can remove masks when they are seated. There is no requirement for children in early years or primary to wear masks at school.

Parents/carers on school grounds

Parents are permitted on school grounds however they must follow the current mask guidelines. The College has reinstated staggered drop-off and pick-up times starting from Monday, August 9.

Revised drop-off and pick-up times

Early Learning

Prep

Junior Primary

Senior Primary

Adolescents

8.15am**

8.00am

8.15am

8.00am

8.00am

2.45pm

2.45pm

3.00pm

3.15pm

3.15pm

** Early Learning is open from 8.00am for families who need to drop off earlier.

School activities

Group activities including camps, events, instrumental music lessons, excursions, performances, extra-curricula sporting activities (including interschool sport), and dancing have been reinstated, however current guidelines regarding social distancing and mask-wearing must be followed.

Visitors and external providers

Visitors and external providers, including providers of Montessori+ programs, are permitted on school grounds, however social distancing and mask requirements must be followed and all visitors are required to check in on the Check-In Queensland app.

COVID-safe hygiene practices

MIC continues to pay careful attention to hygiene and this is reinforced at school on an ongoing basis as an aspect of self-care and practical life. Additional hand sanitiser dispensers have been installed throughout the College; the cleaning of bathrooms has been increased to twice per day; steps have been introduced to minimise adults on campus; and children at school are learning to adopt rigorous hygiene practices, including handwashing. We have also adopted an alternative to our routine morning and afternoon handshakes, the Namaste gesture, which is a customary Indian greeting.

Any student or staff member with cold or flu-like symptoms is required to stay home until symptoms resolve.

As part of MIC’s issues management processes, an Outbreak Management Plan has been developed and will be activated should there be a confirmed case of COVID-19 at MIC.

Cancelled events

While a number of school events were required to be cancelled in 2020 and early 2021, currently all planned events for the duration of 2021 are expected to proceed. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and further advice on upcoming events will be provided to families should this situation change.

Learning at Home

MIC reactivated its Learning at Home programs for the recent lockdown with the Adolescent Community transitioning to Learning at Home on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 and for the Primary College transitioning on Wednesday, August 4, 2021. Children of essential workers and vulnerable children are supervised at school while participating in Learning at Home.

MIC’s Learning at Home program uses Google Classroom with lessons delivered live by MIC teachers, using interactive video technology. Students connect and collaborate with staff and each other in real-time.

As students are currently attending classes on-campus, MIC’s Learning at Home program is not currently being utilised, however, we are ready to move over to Learning at Home again quickly should the need arise in the future.

Supporting families

MIC is committed to working with all of our families through this very complex time. MIC’s priority is to provide as much stability as possible for families and, in addition to providing a comprehensive Learning at Home program for all students, has continued to provide supervision to children of essential workers and vulnerable children.

MIC is also committed to providing flexible and confidential financial assistance through our COVID-19 Temporary Fee Assistance Package for MIC families in need. This aided parents in managing school fee commitments in Terms 2 and 3, 2020.

Actions families can take

Queensland Health is urging parents and carers to be alert to the symptoms of the coronavirus in their children and themselves. These include:

  • a cough
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • fever
  • fatigue
  • body aches and pains
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of taste
  • loss of smell.

If parents or children are unwell and displaying any of the above symptoms, no matter how mild, Queensland Health urges you to stay home and call your doctor or 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84) to seek advice on testing. Alternatively, here is a list of Queensland fever and respiratory clinics families can visit. Before visiting your doctor, call ahead and tell them about your symptoms so they can prepare for your visit.

The best way to protect yourself and others from infection is to follow the current Queensland Health advice.

Additional resources

MIC families are encouraged to stay abreast of advice on the Queensland Government COVID-19 website for updates including recent exposure sites and changes to restrictions.

Page updated: October 21, 2021

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