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 May 28, 2020 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 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. No members of the family attended school or had contact with any member of the MIC community during that time.
e-learning at MIC in Term 2
All MIC students undertook e-learning for five weeks – from the start of Term 2 on April 20, 2020 until May 22, 2020 with children of essential workers and vulnerable children supervised at school while e-learning.
MIC’s e-learning program used Google Classroom with lessons delivered live by MIC teachers, using interactive video technology. Students connected and collaborated with staff and each other in real-time.
On May 4, 2020 the Queensland Premier and the Minister for Education announced the steps allowing Queensland children to return to school. Kindy, Prep and Years 1, 11 and 12 returned to school on Monday, May 11. All remaining students returned to school on Monday, May 25.
MIC has always paid careful attention to hygiene and this is reinforced at school on an ongoing basis as an aspect of self care and practical life. In light of recent events we have also staggered playtimes to limit the number of children at play at the same time; installed additional hand sanitiser dispensers throughout the College; increased the cleaning of bathrooms to twice per day; introduced steps to minimise adults on campus; and children at school are learning to adopt rigorous hygiene practices, including hand washing. They have also adopted an alternative to our routine morning and afternoon handshakes, the Namaste gesture, which is a customary Indian greeting.
All camps, excursions, incursions and MIC events are cancelled for the remainder of 2020.
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 e-learning program for all students, has continue 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 will aid parents in managing school fee commitments in Terms 2 and 3 this year.
MIC families are encouraged to stay abreast of advice from the World Health Organisation, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the Australian Government’s Department of Health and the Queensland Government’s Department of Health.