Our current plan is a business as usual model (with extra hygiene practices ) until we are told otherwise. We do not have plans to cancel Sports Day or Harmony Day BBQ picnic and we don’t have any other off site excursions etc planned for the term. Being smaller should help but if the Dept put preventative measures in place which cancel these events, we will have to roll with it regardless. At the moment the advice is:
All preschools and schools, regardless of student numbers should:
- critically examine the need to hold events and gatherings and consider postponing those that aren’t necessary
- smaller events that are necessary should be complemented with extra attention to health and hygiene measures
- cancel all visits to nursing homes and care facilities
- review the need to host visitors for occasions, such as special person days and Harmony Day.
- The department is also reviewing arrangements for people visiting schools in normal support roles.
Personal hygiene and the hygiene standards in all preschools and schools are critical to reducing the risk of infection.
All children and staff must be encouraged to:
- wash their hands regularly, particularly after using the toilet and before eating
- avoid spreading infections to others by staying home if they are unwell
We have placed additional hand soap into bathrooms and will encourage this as best we can.
We will not easily be able to accommodate the 1.5m social distancing but we have large classrooms with small class sizes so we are at an advantage over other schools.
The situation will be one that changes rapidly and I will share any information as it comes through by SchoolStream and/or letters home with children.
We do not encourage families to keep children home ahead of any measures put into place by the Dept and will endeavour to keep continuity of learning front and centre whilst trying to normalise a ‘not normal’ world for our students.
Summarising the advice provided by the State and Federal Government:
- Only quarantine for 2 weeks if you’ve come back to Australia from overseas (after cut off date) or been exposed to someone with the virus. You will be notified by SA Health if you have been exposed to known cases via a their very thorough epidemiology/tracking process.
- Children should stay at home if they are showing symptoms of an illness.
- Schools will keep parents updated regularly about any risks.