START OF TERM 2 DELAYED

Given that a number of members from our community have been affected by COVID-19, the decision has been made to delay the start of Term 2 until next week, Monday 2 May.

On campus supervision will be provided this week for children of parents/carers with no option than to send their children to school. Please note that our bus service will not be operational this week. Parents/carers who send their children to school will need to provide transportation to and from school.


VISITORS

All visitors will be required to wear a mask when indoors.

Essential parent/teacher meetings can take place on site.

All visitors who support education programs must be fully vaccinated. 


PICK-UP AND DROP-OFF PROCEDURE

A staff member is on duty in the car park in the morning to see students in safely where another teacher is on duty in the playground and students are directed to their designated play areas. Parents/carers are to stay in their vehicles if it is safe to do so. Parents/carers are to accompany students who arrive late to school to the office.

Parents/carers should go to the office if they come to pick up students early for an appointment.

Parents/carers must not access other areas of the school near classrooms when visiting the office.

A staff member is on duty in the pick-up area after school to see students safely to their vehicles. Parents/carers are to stay in their vehicles if it is safe to do so. 

Parents/carers should follow all physical distancing advice and avoid gathering in the car park or at the school gate.  


SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Parents/carers are not permitted to attend chapel until further notice.

Parents/carers may attend outdoor assembly programs (Thursday mornings at 9 am).  They must sign in at the office and adhere to physical distancing requirements.


RAHT TESTING

Following the announcement on 20 April 2022 regarding changes to the isolation requirements for household/close contacts, we are expecting another delivery of RAHT kits for students and staff within the next few weeks.  The RAHT kits can be used for symptomatic testing or for daily testing as part of the close contact requirements.  


MANAGING POSITIVE COVID-19 CASES

Any student or staff member who tests positive to COVID-19 is required to follow NSW Health requirements under the Public Health Order for testing positive and self-isolation. Currently, the requirements are: 
isolate for 7 days following the positive test 
leave isolation after 7 days if no symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, cough or shortness of breath) 
if there are symptoms after 7 days, then remain in isolation until 24 hours after symptoms have resolved. Note: if a person continues to have symptoms, they are able to leave isolation after 7 days with a medical clearance. 

Students and staff who return a positive RAHT result must register it on the Service NSW app or service.nsw.gov.au website as soon as possible. 

Students and staff who receive a positive PCR or RAHT result must tell their school as soon as possible and follow NSW Health advice. 

Once a person who has tested positive to COVID-19 has finished their isolation period as detailed above, they can immediately return to school settings. 

Students or staff who recovered from having COVID-19 and are released from isolation will receive an SMS or email from NSW Health (which will be sent to parents or carers for students under 18) confirming the end of their isolation period. The SMS or email is the medical clearance that they can provide to the school. 

In line with advice from NSW Health, masks are recommended for students and staff who have recovered from COVID-19, completed their 7-day isolation period and are no longer showing symptoms for an additional 3 days (from days 8 – 10 after receiving a positive COVID-19 result). 



CLOSE CONTACTS

The Public Health (COVID-19 Self-Isolation) Order was updated on 22 April 2022 to amend the isolation requirements for household/close contacts, no longer requiring a household/close contact to self-isolate as a contact provided they can comply with NSW guidelines to minimise risk.

A household contact is a person who lives with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

A close contact is someone who has been formally notified by NSW Health that they are a close contact. 

The Household and Close Contact Guidelines state: 

If you have or develop symptoms, you must self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19.  If your test result is positive, you must follow the testing positive to COVID-19 and managing COVID-19 safely at home advice.  If your test result is negative, stay home until you do not have any symptoms.

Do not visit high-risk settings (healthcare, aged care, disability care or correctional facilities) unless you require care yourself, or there are exceptional circumstances and you have obtained the permission of the facility to visit (e.g. end of life visits). 

Work or study from home where practicable. You must seek approval from your employer or education facility before returning to work or school if you cannot work or study from home. Your employer will undertake a risk assessment before you can return to the workplace or education setting. 

If you are over 12 years of age you must wear a mask when you are in an indoor setting that is not your own home, including workplaces and tertiary education settings. School settings may have their own guidance for students which should be followed. You may remove your mask in circumstances as set out in Clause 7 of the Public Health (COVID-19 General) Order 2022 (for example, if you have a physical or mental health condition or disability that makes wearing a mask unsuitable, or if you are eating or drinking).

  Masks are also encouraged in your home to reduce the risk of transmission in your household. 

Avoid contact with people at high risk of severe illness, where possible. 

Avoid large or crowded indoor gatherings where you will be in contact with groups of people that you don’t live with, where possible. 

Where practicable, undertake a rapid antigen test if you need to attend an indoor gathering with people you don’t live with, including your workplace or school, even if you do not have symptoms. 

A student or staff member does not have to follow the NSW Health Household and Close Contact Guidelines in the following circumstances: 

if they have had confirmed COVID-19 in the last 12 weeks 

if they have not been in contact with the person who tested positive to COVID-19 while they were infectious. People are infectious from either 48 hours before they have symptoms, or if they do not have symptoms, from 48 hours before they test positive. They may have had no contact because they were away from home, or were effectively isolating from them (e.g. they live in a granny flat or other separate area of the home). 

The NSW Health Household and Close Contact Guidelines state that a person who is a household/close contact should work or study from home where practicable. 

A student identified as a close contact may return to school if guidelines agreed with NSW Health are followed, including daily rapid antigen testing for 5 school days. Students should complete a COVID-19 rapid antigen test and receive a negative result before attending school. 

NSW Health requires household/close contacts over the age of 12 to wear a mask while in an indoor setting outside of the home if not required to isolate. This includes secondary school students attending the school site while they are a household/close contact, noting that some mask exemptions continue to apply (e.g. where a physical or mental health condition or disability that makes wearing a mask unsuitable, or if you are eating or drinking). Primary school students are recommended to wear a mask indoors (except when eating or exercising). 

Any visitor to our school site who is a close contact is required to advise the school that they are a close contact before they come on site. If permitted on site, these visitors should conduct a daily RAHT test and return a negative result before attending. They must also wear a mask indoors at all times. The school may consider if the visit can be conducted virtually. 


REDUCING THE RISK OF ILLNESS THIS WINTER

All students, staff and their families should follow NSW Health’s advice to reduce the risk of not only COVID-19, but also other illnesses that may affect the school this winter such as the flu. 

stay home if unwell 

keep up to date with vaccinations – including the flu vaccine, which is available from your local GP, pharmacy or Aboriginal Medical Service. Flu vaccines are free for all children aged 6 months to under 5 years, or for a small charge for those aged 5 years and older 

get tested immediately for COVID-19 if you become symptomatic and isolate until you receive a negative result 

practice good hand hygiene by washing regularly with soap and water 

take a RAHT before visiting vulnerable loved ones or going to large gatherings and events. 



Last updated: Monday, 25 April 2022