After an incredibly challenging year navigating lockdowns and the cancellation of events and activities, we are excited to launch the 2021 ACC program of events and activities over the coming weeks. The Victorian community has courageously embraced the health and safety restrictions that have enabled us to reach a COVID-normal, allowing us to return to what we love doing most: being with our family, friends and enjoying our involvement in school and community activities. Maintaining that COVID-normal is a shared responsibility that we must all take seriously and the ACC will ensure that it plays its part in providing a safe environment for our students to participate in sporting, cultural and leadership activities throughout the year ahead.
Whilst we aim to return to our “normal” program, there will be a number of additional requirements that all students, staff, coaches, officials and spectators will need to be aware of and adhere to. We have developed an overall ACC COVID Safe Plan, but each event and activity will also have specific COVID Safe guidelines. The ACC COVID Safe Plan is available by clicking HERE – this will be updated as required based on current information and advice from the Victorian Government (DHHS and Dept of Education), Catholic Education Melbourne and Sport & Recreation Victoria. The event specific COVID Safe guidelines will be distributed with the event information packages to schools and also communicated via our website and social media platforms.
A few important details to note that will apply to ALL ACC events, activities and meetings:
Any staff, students, parents, officials or spectators who are unwell must not attend school or an ACC venue under any circumstances and must get a COVID test.
If you become unwell with COVID-19 symptoms (loss or change in sense of smell or taste, fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose) whilst attending an ACC event, then you should immediately return home and get tested and then isolate until your result in known.
Handshakes and high fives should not take place – whilst sportsmanship is still a major focus of our Association, a simple verbal acknowledgement or elbow bump is more appropriate in the current circumstances.
We wish all member schools and their communities a successful start to the school year and we look forward to engaging with you in your involvement with the ACC program.
ACC Executive Officer