COVID-19 Update – 16 March

As a school, we receive regular updates and advice from the Education Department about COVID-19 and implement these as required.

The Education Department continues to monitor the progress and implications for schools due to COVID-19.  They will respond to the advice and direction given by the Victorian Chief Health Officer and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and then inform all schools as to these expectations.

 

Following is some important information and updates about COVID-19-

  1. SCHOOL CLOSURES – No government school is currently closed or in the process of being closed. Schools will be informed directly if there is any prospect that they need to be closed, either as a stand-alone school closure or as part of a local or area-based closure. You will be informed if that is the case for us.

 

  1. School excursions to local parks and sporting facilities regularly used by the school, including swimming lessons held at a local swimming pool, can continue. All other excursions must be cancelled or postponed

 

  1. All schools camps must be cancelled or postponed.

 

  1. Any school event that involves attendance by community members who are not students or staff, and where total attendance will exceed 500, should not proceed.

 

  1. Everyone arriving into Australia from overseas from midnight on 15 March will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. This obviously includes students and staff who may be returning from overseas excursions or other travel. Importantly, it also includes parents and carers and any other relatives or friends of your students who are returning from overseas travel. As they are required to self-isolate, they must not visit the school to pick up children or for any other reason.

 

  1. Based on advice from the Commonwealth Government to protect vulnerable Australians, schools should not visit residential aged care facilities.

 

  1. It is imperative that you inform the school if your child falls into one of the categories below.

    Categories for contacting DHHS:

  • The person is a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • The person is a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days

    ‘Close contact’ is defined by DHHS as someone who has had at least 15 minutes of face-to-face contact with a confirmed case, or shared a closed space with someone for more than two hours with a confirmed case.

 

  1. Hygiene is an important factor in managing the spread of any disease, including COVID-19. Here are some tips that we all can follow:
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing with a tissue, or cough into your elbow.
  • Dispose of the tissue into a bin and then wash your hands afterwards.
  • Wash your hands regularly using soap and water, including after using the toilet, and before eating. Please refer to the Department’s coronavirus web page for the latest advice and information.