Dear Parents and Guardians,
We understand there may be some concern in the community with regard to the COVID-19 virus. Please be assured that the Department of Education is sending regular updated advice to all government schools.
Currently the best advice regarding COVID-19 is to maintain good hygiene practices – washing hands thoroughly with soap, avoid touching your face (especially eyes, nose and mouth) and sneezing into tissues (or your elbow if you have to). You should also limit your direct contact with other people. We have been encouraging students to do this at school but we would also encourage you to discuss the importance of good hygiene practices with your children and provide them with hand sanitiser. We have hand sanitiser available around the school.
If you or your children are unwell, you should seek the guidance of a medical practitioner. It is natural that we may suspect that colds or coughs are more serious during this time, however, maintaining a calm response with your children will help ease their fears and concerns. Again, seeking medical advice, is the most appropriate course of action.
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 and/or instances where individuals have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 are reportable to the Department of Health and Human Services. Please inform the school if there is a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 in your family. We currently have no suspected or confirmed cases within our school.
School closures will only occur on the recommendation of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer. The Department of Education and Training has all schools asked to ensure that student learning continues if there is a closure. Class work will be available in Compass and Teams while direct group contact can be made during class time through Skype and Teams. Teachers can also be contacted by email or though their phones if this information has been shared with students. Hard copies of curriculum will be available if students don’t have internet access.
If you are planning on travelling over the school break, we would encourage you to exercise good hygiene and seek medical advice immediately if you are unwell. There are currently no bans in place for students returning to school from overseas EXCEPT where students have returned from countries with significant outbreaks. In limited cases students can return from these countries under very detailed requirements around medical checks before and after arrival in Australia and self-isolation for 14 days on arrival. Check the government’s Smart Traveller website for advice.
- Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
- Isolate yourself at home if you feel sick. If you take medication ensure you have adequate supplies.
- Phone your GP first if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.
- Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep, and now is the time to quit smoking. Call the Quitline 137 848.
- Don't wear a face mask if you are well.
- Buy an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol.
- Get the flu shot (available April).
- Shaking hands and hugging is optional when you are greeting someone!