We're all in this together

 

The safety of your children, families and staff are our main focus during this time and we are working to ensure that our current services of educational and social-emotional support for your children continues by utilising the best and safest methods of delivery over the next few months. 

Our staff will check in regularly with your children, but should you require more support please contact Kid Helpline 1800 55 1800 for students and Lifeline for Adults 13 11 14.  Please call 1800 048 636 for local emergency support in cases of mental health emergencies.  

We are continually monitoring the updated advice provided by the Australian Government and following directives by the Department of Education in relation to managing any potential outbreak of the Coronavirus within Alta-1 College.

 

The latest information below requires that we implement the following:

  • Blue text: Information which has been edited to provide greater clarity, or updated to reflect an update in Department of Health wording.
  • Purple text: New information
  • Black text: is information that was included in previously

COVID-19 FAQs

  • Increased environmental cleaning throughout the day, including high touch surfaces will occur
  • Excursions, assemblies, camps and interschool activities will be conducted using health and safety protocols;
  • We will encourage students to maintain 1.5m physical distancing when entering and leaving classrooms;
  • Parents and carers of children with complex medical needs are encouraged to seek medical advice regarding attendance at school.

If a student has tested positive for Covid 19, that student is not to attend school until the WA Department of Health has given the student permission to do so.

Students or staff cannot attend school and need to self-isolate if they have:

  1. returned from overseas travel, they must self-isolate for 14 days from the date of return to Australia
  2. returned from interstate travel, they must self-isolate for 14 days from the date of return to Western Australia
  3. been informed by public health authorities that they have been in close contact with a confirmed case and they must isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case
  4. been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results should follow the advice of the Department of Health and stay away from school.
  5. If you have cold or flu symptoms you should stay at home and have a COVID-19 test.  You may only return to school once you have confirmation that the results are negative.

The above also applies to all parents/carers, contractors, visitors and volunteers on school sites.

Parents/carers and staff should notify their school or line manager if the student or staff member will be away for the isolation period and confirm the date in which they were last overseas, or have been advised by the Department of Health to isolate.  

Within the College, we have taken steps to increase the awareness of appropriate good hygiene practices to protect against infections. Good hygiene includes:

  • Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 30 seconds,
  • Washing your hands before and after eating, and after going to the toilet,
  • Covering your cough and sneeze, disposing of tissues into a sealed container, and using alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap and water is not available
  • If unwell, avoiding contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people), and stay at home.
  • Surgical masks are only helpful in preventing people who have coronavirus disease from spreading it to others and are generally not recommended.

 

Social distancing at home

Households To reduce the spread of germs:

  • Practise good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene
  • Avoid handshaking and kissing
  • Regularly disinfect high touch surfaces, such as tables, kitchen benches and doorknobs
  • Increase ventilation in the home by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning
  • Visit shops sparingly and buy more goods and services online if possible

 

Households where people are ill with COVID-19* (in addition to the measures above)

  • Care for the sick person in a single room if possible
  • Keep the number of carers to a minimum
  • Keep the door to the sick person’s room closed and, if possible, a window open
  • Both the sick person and the people caring for them should wear a surgical mask when they are in the same room
  • Protect other vulnerable family members, such as people over 65 years or people with a chronic illness, including, if practicable, finding alternative accommodation

https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/03/coronavirus-covid-19-information-on-social-distancing_2.pdf

Alta 1 is committed to the well being of our students and families during this pandemic. 

Should you require further mental health support for your child or yourself please contact the services below for information on how they can assist. please.

 

Supporting Agencies 

Click the links below for further information

Support from the Commonwealth Government

https://headtohealth.gov.au/ 

 

Resources for Parents and Families


This resource provides information and strategies for parents to provide ongoing support to their children in the days and weeks after a traumatic event.https://studentwellbeinghub.edu.au/educators/resources/school-recovery-toolkit/

 

Parents, as well as their children, can be affected by a crisis in different ways.  This Community Trauma Toolkit provides support strategies and resources to access during and after a traumatic event.
https://studentwellbeinghub.edu.au/educators/resources/emerging-minds-trauma-toolkit/

 

This Red Cross resource has some useful tips for parents of young children to build skills for recovery after a crisis event.
https://studentwellbeinghub.edu.au/educators/resources/support-resources-foremergencies/

 

With many students learning at home, parents and carers can find some great tips in this online safety kit from the eSafety Commissioner.

https://www.esafety.gov.au/about-us/blog/covid-19-online-safety-kit-parents-and-carers

 

Parents will find some practical advice for talking to their children about COVID-19.
https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/coronavirus-how-talk-child.html

Visit the Department of Health for accurate advice about COVID-19.
https://www.health.gov.au/

 

Therapeutic Support

  • We will also endeavour to continue to support students in their mental health. As such, students working from home, who are currently receiving therapy with one of our therapists, will continue to receive regular therapy via phone, or another appropriate means i.e., video call using a secure site.
  • The therapist will discuss this with the student and will schedule a 30 min to 1 hour session for a set day and time on a weekly or fortnightly basis.
  • If you have any concerns regarding this, please let us know and the therapist will be in contact with you.
  • Please note that these are appointments with a professional, and these appointments need to be kept.
  • If your son or daughter is not currently receiving therapy and you are concerned about their well-being, please contact us and one of our psychologists will contact you to discuss this.
  • If you feel your son or daughter is at significant risk of self-harm, it is recommended you take him/her to see a GP or to the hospital emergency department for assessment. In the event that this occurs, please inform the student’s teacher so that we can develop a plan to support the student.

As part of our commitment to ensuring our students education needs are met, Alta-1 has a range of online options available. 

Please click the relevant links below to see how to access all our online learning platforms.

Please contact your child’s teacher or ConnectEd teacher for any curriculum related needs. For any more serious matters please contact your Regional Principal 


  • WA Office: (08) 9403 8200

    • North Region – Principal Kevin Kendall
      Email: kevin.kendall@alta-1.wa.edu.au

    • South Region – Principal Laurelle Coto
      Email: laurelle.coto@alta-1.wa.edu.au

    • East Region – Principal Darryl Baker
      Email: darryl.baker@alta-1.wa.edu.au

    • Great Southern Region – Principal Steve Sharp
      Email: steve.sharp@alta-1.wa.edu.au

    • Kimberley Region – Principal Anj Thomson
      Email: anj.thomson@alta-1.wa.edu.au

    • ConnectEd Perth Metro – Principal Karlee Brown Email: karlee.brown@alta-1.wa.edu.au


  • QLD Office: (07) 95301 8008 

    • Cabooolture QLD – Principal Matthew Vandepeer
      Email: matt.vandepeer@alta-1.qld.edu.au
 

Alta-1 is aware there may be families in need of basic emergency relief support, from food hampers to financial counselling and other basic resources. 

Alta-1 is privileged to be surrounded by a strong network of local partnerships who our Alta-1 families  can contact and gain help in times like these.

If you are in need of support please let us know your need by contacting us at: communitysupport@alta-1.wa.edu.au 

There are also emergency relief agencies around Perth and Queensland who are able to provide relief. e.g.

 

Emergency Food Relief

Uniting Care West

https://www.unitingcarewest.org.au/index.php/how-we-can-help/our-service-directory

The Haven Centre

879 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park

0438273620 (Jan) 0438273629 G

Services offered: Take away lunch and fresh food hampers (fruit and veg) – 8.00 am to 1.00 pm

Health care number required and/or name and address provided.

 

Star Street Uniting Church:  9470 3218 – food parcel support; Belmont and Vic Park area only.

 

St Vincent de Paul – 1300 794 054 – For emergency relief, call between 9.00am and 1.00pm

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Financial counselling and assistance with tenancy

 Sussex Street Community Law Centre

PLEASE SEE WHAT’S NEW FOR TEMPORARY PHONE NUMBER NEWS 0429 611 435

 

Emergency accommodation

 Entrypoint Homelessness assessment and referral service – Phone 6496 0001 or 1800 124 684

Monday to Friday – 9:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday –  9:00am – 5:00pm

 

St Vincent DePauls in Queensland

https://www.vinnies.org.au/page/Find_Help/QLD/Services/Brisbane_Helpline/

Financial Assistance

https://moneysmart.gov.au/

 

Support if you are experiencing domestic violence

Call  1800 RESPECT (1800 737 7328)

https://www.1800respect.org.au/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIqqS2x-_D6AIVhY-PCh1PTwtnEAAYASAAEgLIjvD_BwE

If you are currently seeking fee assistance due to financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic please contact our Business Manager and we would be happy to discuss how we can help you during this period.

  • Email: accounts@alta-1.wa.edu.au

For those who wish to donate to Alta-1 and assist those in need at this time we would be most appreciative of your generosity to our students and families.

Email: donate@alta-1.wa.edu.au
*Please mark your donation ‘COVID-19’ in your deposit description when giving.

  • Prepare yourself psychologically so that you feel more in control and are aware of what to expect. – Know that feeling worried and stressed is normal, and that you can manage the stress and fear by learning how to identify feelings, bodily responses and thoughts, and having coping statements like, ‘I can cope with this, we know what to do’.

  • Learn breathing exercises to slow down breathing and keep calm.

  • Start a gratitude journal – there is so much to be grateful for. e.g. “I am grateful that I survived (insert challenging situation here)” or “I have overcome so much, and I have learnt this amazing lessons/coping strategy.”

  • Be kind to yourself – say something kind to yourself every hour e.g. “I am kind”, “I am strong”, “I am caring”

  • Call someone you care about every day just to say hello and stay connected

  • Remember you don’t have to fix everything, just be a good listener and encourage people whenever possible

  • Smile when you want to frown – you’ll start feeling better

  • Exercise often
  • Eat healthy meals
  • Learn a new hobby
  • Read a good book