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Our response to COVID-19 and its impact on our services

8 April 2020

The Hester Hornbrook Academy and MCM recognises the effect the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on the community and our thoughts are with those who have been impacted here in Australia and around the world.

We are working to minimise service disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for our most at-risk clients in disability, homelessness, palliative care, residential care and family service programs, to ensure the safety of our people, clients and community.

We are actively responding to a rapidly evolving environment. Some measures we’ve already taken include:

  • Introduced a special leave policy that ensures all employees, including casuals, can access two weeks paid leave for COVID-19 related absence
  • Reinforcing hygiene protocols
  • Changes or cancellations of non-essential physical meetings, excursions and events
  • Visitor restriction to some sites
  • Reducing personal contact in the delivery of some of our services to comply with the latest government health recommendations

The Hester Hornbrook Academy and MCM will continue to respond to the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, (DHHS) and Australian Federal Government measures to limit the risk of exposure to the virus while sustaining essential services. We will continue to keep you updated as quickly as we can.

For the latest COVID-19 advice visit the DHHS website.

The Hester Hornbrook Academy

As we act to slow the spread of coronavirus, the message to our students and parents/carers is clear: all of our students who can learn at home must learn from home – with exceptions only in extremely limited circumstances.

What does this mean for our students?

  • On-site learning will only be available in extremely limited circumstances from our City Campus – Level 8/601 Bourke Street
  • Students will only be able to attend our City Campus if they have made a prior meeting time.
  • Students, parents/carers must contact their Head of Campus and/or a member of the student’s classroom team in order to make a meeting time to attend our City Campus.  This will allow us to monitor the students who will attend our campus on a daily basis.  It will help us to observe the strict social distancing rules which will be in place in all schools.

Students can contact 1800 517 218 or email for more information.


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