After very careful consideration, wide consultation and researching the experiences of other countries, it is our decision that we will close the College from 3:00pm on Friday 20 March until Term 2. We will keep you informed as to our reopening date after we receive more advice from Queensland Health.

With well-publicised instructions around social distancing in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19, it is unfair to expect our staff and students to risk their health and that of family members with remaining open. The vast majority of our families have already opted to keep students at home and are requesting materials in support of their decision to self-quarantine while learning from home.

Our teaching staff will continue to work but from home in the last 2 weeks of term and will be accessible to students through Microsoft Teams – a platform that will facilitate collaboration, submitting assessment tasks, the upload of teaching materials, video conferencing, screen sharing and whole class discussions.

Staff will be online for students to access between 10:00am and 2:00pm each school day.

More information will be emailed to you by the start of next week on how to access our online learning platforms.

If your child does not have access to an electronic device such as a computer, iPad or phone, please contact the College and alternate arrangements such as hard copies of learning documents will be organised.

A skeleton staff of volunteers will be at the Spring Hill campus, 25 Quarry Street, Spring Hill, to be available for students who are more at risk from the school closing than they are from being infected by the Corona virus. These students include those with acute mental health difficulties requiring counselling services or connecting with other community agencies, or students requiring ongoing contact with trusted adults. Students from all campuses are invited to access this service as required.

Our central office will remain open. Should you have questions please do not hesitate to phone or email us at admin@arethusa.qld.edu.au

Our highest priority is the health and wellbeing of our students and staff. We do not want to take any unnecessary risks and believe that these actions are in the best interests of both Arethusa and the wider community.