COVID-19 Update

Information regarding the appropriate response and actions to assist in limiting the spread of COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly changed over the course of the last few days.  In addition to the information in the letter emailed out to all families last Friday, 13 March, we have received updated information from the Australian Government: 

"On 15 March 2020 the Australian Government announced new measures to protect the Australian community in its response to the COVID-19 virus.

This includes the requirement that all individuals arriving in Australia from an international destination must self-isolate for 14 days.

This acts as a further precaution to the social distancing measures adopted by National Cabinet, which prevents non-essential static gatherings of 500 people or more.

The Australian Government announcement does not prevent the operation of essential functions such as schools, universities, other education provision and workplaces.”

The School has put in place measures to assist in limiting the spread of COVID-19(Coronavirus) in our community.  From Monday, 16 March:

  • All classes have been provided with extra soap and paper towels to ensure everyone is able to follow handwashing protocols;
  • No handshaking.  Teachers are using alternative methods of greetings;
  • Limiting non-essential excursions and assemblies of the whole school - ssmaller gatherings may still occur - each excursion/camp will be reviewed and modification or postponement may occur;
  • Recalling and/or postponing all students coming and going on exchange;
  • Following social distancing protocols including modifying the celebration of our Autumn festival;
  • Additional cleaning including wiping down of commonly shared areas such as door handles and light switches etc.  

Please note that all students who have travelled overseas or who have had anyone in their household overseas, should not attend school and it is recommended that they self-isolate for 14 days from exposure regardless if they are showing symptoms of being sick.  We request you notify the school immediately, if you suspect or are being tested for COVID-19.  Only return to school once the test results are confirmed to be negative.  

If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the school, then you will be contacted immediately. Please refer to the letter from the Minister of Education, John Gardner MP sent to parents last Friday, 13 March.

“In the event of a confirmed case, the site will be closed for a minimum of 24 hours.  Closure will allow public health officials to identify and notify anyone who has come into close contact with the infected person and provide advice about who needs to seek treatment and/or self-isolate.  The School will be thoroughly cleaned and only reopen on the advice of health experts and when it is safe to do so.”  

We take these measures in an effort to protect the most vulnerable in our community and to do our part in reducing the potentially rapid spread of the virus.  Communication at this time is essential and we encourage you to let the school know of any concerns you may have. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. For your information, a copy of the letters sent out last Friday follows this note.

Helen Platell, JD | Principal

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