COVID-19 Information

Information and advice for Parent Associations

Help for P&Cs

TOP NEWS: Election stalls - sorry, no.  We have been advised in a letter from the Education Directorate that P&Cs cannot hold election day stalls at their schools.

For information about the impacts on P&C activities and to help you lead your P&C in uncertain times see our eBulletins:

17 March - COVID19 special edition - Includes decision making in uncertain times, financial impacts, cancelling events and food handling and hygiene tips for canteens
12 May - preparing to return - includes tips for safely operating school-based uniform shops and canteens
28 July - COVID fundraising and events - includes information to help you decide about upcoming fetes, discos, election stalls and other events; plus ideas for fundraising in the pandemic

The ACNC also has information for Charities and other not-for-profits about operating during the COVID19 crisis.

Our top tips for P&Cs right now:

  • Go back to your main goals, they will guide how you respond to the crisis and restrictions
  • Ensure your organisation is complying with the latest Government advice and restrictions
  • It is up to your Association's Office Bearers to make decisions about the future of the association. These should be ratified in meetings. Keep good records of all circumstances and decisions made.
  • Will you be solvent? Your P&C must not continue to operate when not financially solvent. If you are worried that your P&C could run out of funds to meet your obligations, please contact us .

Meetings

P&C meetings should still not be held at schools to minimise the adults contacts at our schools. We've put together this guide on running great online meetings. A spacious local cafe may be another great place to meet.

Canteens and other P&C businesses

Help Line
The ACT Government's business liaison help line is a great place for advice and details of regulations on activities (can my canteen use cash? (yes), can we run a sausage sizzle (also yes)): 6205 0900

Training for staff on COVID Hygiene
ACT Health and the CIT are providing Free infection control training for workplaces, including for food businesses. It's online and takes around 18 hours. Enquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (6207 3196)

Employee payments
For information on ATO payments for P&C employers (including JobKeeper subsidies and Boosting Cash Flow payments), see the COVID Not-for-Profits section of the ATO website, the ATO COVID page (you can subscribe here for updates as things change and progress) or call the Not -for-Profits helpline: 1300 130 248

Canteens need COVID plan
From June 5, all Food Businesses in the ACT are required to have a written Covid Safety Plan, available in the canteen for inspection by Health Protection Services Inspectors. To assist, Council has created this template (doc) for a simple plan for your canteen - for you to review and modify to reflect your circumstances. Also useful: Worksafe ACT cleaning factsheetComprehensive Federal Government CovidSafe business planning worksheet

Canteen Hygiene
In addition to the above links, there are resources and tips for canteen hygiene in these issues of our eBulletin: 12 May - preparing to return.
Decisions about accepting cash and opening over the counter sales should be made in consultation with your school and staff.

Food Business Registration
The Health Protection Service has advised that in cases where food business registration has been prepaid for more than one year in advance, an additional 12 months will be added to the license. This support will be applied automatically as part of the normal annual fee licensing process.

Help for parents

The Commonwealth Department of Health has published the Return to School for Students with Disability COVID-19 Risk Management Plan  to help families and schools prepare for the return to school.

The NBN has an assistance package for families struggling to afford internet connection, see the last item in this eBulletin.

More information

Check our Facebook feed for updates.

The Education Directorate have details on school arrangements and restrictions for Term 3, plus FAQ for families. And guides and resources for home learning.

Please regularly check the latest advice from ACT Health, available from www.health.act.gov.au

 

Last updated July 29