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.
Montessori International College confirms that as at August 17, 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.
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 a requirement for secondary school students (Year 7 and above) and all school staff. There is no requirement for children in primary to wear masks at school.
Parents/carers on school grounds
Parents are currently restricted from being on school grounds. 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 is open from 8.00am for families who need to drop off earlier.
All parents need to remain in their vehicles except for Early Years parents. Early Years parents need to sign in and sign out at the Playscape gate. MIC remains open during the lockdown for children of essential workers and vulnerable persons only.
Lunchtimes and play
We have reintroduced staggered lunches and play for each learning class pod to limit the number of children at play at the same time.
Group activities including instrumental music lessons (unless they can be held online), excursions, performances, extra-curricula sporting activities (including interschool sport), and dancing are not permitted.
Visitors and external providers
Visitors and external providers, including providers of Montessori+ programs, are currently not permitted on school grounds. However, we are considering online options for these sessions and will advise on this as soon as possible.
Aladdin Jr musical
At this stage, rehearsals for our Aladdin Jr musical are on hold. A decision regarding the musical will be made and advised to families and ticket holders as soon as possible.
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.
All camps, excursions, incursions and MIC events are currently on hold. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and further advice on upcoming events will be provided to families as soon as possible.
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.
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
- 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 following Queensland Health advice:
- Stay home if you are sick.
- If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, seek medical advice and get tested if advised to do so.
- Wear a face mask if required under any restrictions in place.
- Check in using the Check In Qld app whenever required.
- Stay 1.5 metres away from other people – think two big steps.
- Wash your hands with lots of soap and water, or hand sanitiser.
- Sneeze or cough into your arm or a tissue. Then put the tissue in the bin.
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: August 17, 2021