COVID-19 Community Update - 12 March

UPDATE 12 March 2020

Dear Hillcrest Community,

As a part of the Hillcrest Community we would like to update you on the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the precautions we’re taking.  

The health and safety of our Community is our highest priority. We are taking all necessary steps to enhance the protection for our students, staff and families.  

The College Executive are meeting regularly to discuss our ongoing response and ensure we have the latest information from health authorities. For immediate and full information on the virus and any Q&A please refer to the World Health Organisation (WHO) website on  


We are working with Queensland Health and other Australian health authorities regarding precautions and in many cases gone above to minimise risks concerned with COVID-19. We have also increased our hygiene standards including additional sanitising procedures.  

Some of these actions include: 

  • Increased wiping of lunch table areas with sanitising solution 
  • More than 20 additional hand sanitising stations around the College 
  • Hygiene etiquette and information and monitoring of any student who is unwell 
  • Increased hours for cleaners to do additional cleaning 
  • Review and risk analysis of all events and group activities 

In the aim to keep our community safe, if a student or immediate family member feels unwell, they are advised to seek medical advice as soon as possible. The symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath.  

If a student presents with these symptoms at school, they will be asked to stay home until cleared with a medical certificate. These measures are consistent with Queensland Department of Health guidelines which requires self-isolation and avoidance of all public spaces. 

If your child develops these symptoms, please consult a doctor and keep your child at home until a professional assessment is made. Any student who cannot attend school for a prolonged period will be able to access their learning programs at home. 

The College will continue to keep families up to date as further information becomes available through the following sources. 


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Currently the College is operating as normal with a high degree of caution. In the event of the College being forced to close, online learning will commence for the duration of the closure. Further information and instructions about our online learning will be provided in such circumstances. 

We thank you for your understanding as we work together to respond to this matter.

Jeff Davis

Executive Head of College