Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

23 April 2020 


Dear Parents, Caregivers and Families


As you are aware, learning for Term 2 commences on Monday, 27 April. Schools will be open for supervision for children whose parents are essential workers and are unable to learn from home. For all students in the Diocese of Lismore, learning will continue with the same blended learning model, which was in operation at the end of Term 1.


During Term 2, schools will transition towards a staged return to face-to-face learning. Schools will communicate the timetable for students returning to classrooms over the coming weeks. At this point in time, it is too early to communicate exactly how and when this will occur in each school but the plan to return to face-to-face teaching will be dependent on health advice and the local circumstances.


Families should be confident that all decisions that have been, and will continue to be made, regarding the return to face-to-face learning, are based on advice from the Department of Health NSW and each school’s individual needs. Our priority remains the health and safety of every school community.


Staff have delivered an enormous amount of innovation in regards to online resources and I wish to acknowledge their continued hard work and dedication. I encourage you to continue to use the Learning From Home website to support your child throughout the coming weeks. The site can be found here: https://sites.google.com/lism.catholic.edu.au/learning-from-home-families/


We thank you in advance as we continue to navigate this unprecedented situation. We will continue to provide you with ongoing information and updates to inform you of our support for your child throughout the coming term. Such support and communication underline the importance of relationships and parent partnerships within the Catholic school community.


Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact your school.


Yours sincerely,

Sally Towns

Director of Catholic Schools

3 April 2020

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Families,

On behalf of everyone involved in Catholic education in the Diocese of Lismore, I want to reassure you of our unwavering support, particularly during these unusual and uncertain times. The last few weeks have witnessed many parents and carers in our school communities lose jobs or reduced working hours, and for others, they have experienced business downturn or closure for an undefined period of time.

As Bishop Greg reminds us ‘The Catholic school is open to all who want to share its educational and faith goals inspired by Christian principle. Most importantly, there is a special place in parish schools for those with the greatest need, especially in areas of less educational options or lower socio-economic circumstances, and efforts should be made to encourage such enrolments’.

Therefore, in regards to school fees and in consideration of the Bishop’s comments and our own commitment as Catholic educators, the following measures will apply:

  • School fees across the Diocese, including the Building Levy, will be waived for recipients of Centrelink Job Seeker payments in 2020.
  • Any family experiencing hardship at this time may apply for deferral of school fees, including the Building Levy payment, for four months. This includes those on payment plans.
  • No payment request will be made in relation to unpaid fees to any family for four months.

Please contact your school or Parish Office to discuss your circumstances and options.

Once again, I thank you for your continued support. I will continue to keep you updated as the need arises.

Yours sincerely,

Sally Towns
Director of Catholic Schools

2 April 2020

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Families,

I want to acknowledge the journey we have shared in recent weeks. While we operate in challenging circumstances, I recognise how supportive everyone has been in order to best support your children.

All 11 NSW-ACT Dioceses, in consultation with the NSW Government and Catholic Schools NSW (CSNSW) are implementing Staff Development days for next week, 6-9 April (Week 11).

Therefore, from Monday, 6 April until Thursday, 9 April we will:

  • post no new lessons or work in this week for all students (Week 11);
  • continue to open our schools for those families requiring supervision for children to enable parent and carers to attend their places of work; and
  • continue with our staff to plan and prepare for education in the blended learning environment for next term.

We are all at the beginning of a significant shift in the nature of learning while the pandemic is managed.

Each child is unique and how your family manages the blended learning required at this time will vary according to your own circumstance. However, with the commitment and professionalism of our staff, the support and goodwill of our parents and carers, and the adaptability of our students, we will ensure that the learning environment will operate effectively.

Thank you for your continued support, particularly over the last four weeks. We will continue to keep you updated as the need arises and working with you during Term 2, commencing Monday, 27 April.

Yours sincerely,

Sally Towns
Director of Catholic Schools

30 March 2020 - Learning From Home: Families website (PDF)

24 March 2020 - Transition to home learning space / blended learning (PDF)

23 March 2020 - Advice from NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (PDF)

INFOGRAPHIC - Notification protocols for students & staff (PNG)

18 March 2020 - General update, including advice from the Federal government (PDF)

16 March 2020 - Update on COVID-19, including Education Continuity, Health and Hygiene, Pastoral Care and Resources for Parents (PDF)

13 March 2020 - Initial update to Parents, including advice from Department of Health NSW and various links to resources (PDF)