COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information
- We are actively monitoring and following health advice, including from NSW Health, NSW Department of Education, the Association of Independent Schools NSW and the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee.
- Our school activities and operations are adjusted regularly in accordance with health advice and local circumstances to ensure that they are conducted in a way that is safe and appropriate in the current environment.
- We remain vigilant in relation to infection control, physical distancing and personal hygiene protocols to protect the health and safety of students, staff, visitors and members of our community.
- All adults within our school including staff, parents, service providers and visitors are required to maintain appropriate physical distance from other people while on the school site.
- Maximum capacity limits for rooms, lifts and other areas are displayed prominently throughout the school.
- Enhanced cleaning protocols remain in place throughout the school.
- The school promotes good hand and respiratory hygiene practices including regular hand washing, avoiding shared food or drinks and appropriate cough and sneeze etiquette.
- Soap, hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes are widely available throughout the school.
- Businesses and organisations delivering services and programs within our school must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan where relevant.
- Students must NOT attend school if feeling unwell, even if they have the mildest flu-like symptoms.
- NSW Health has advised that students and staff with flu-like symptoms need to be tested for COVID-19 and provide a copy of a negative COVID-19 test result and be symptom-free before being permitted to return to school.
- Students who do not undertake a COVID-19 test result will not be permitted to return to school for a 10 days. Additionally, students must be symptom-free for at least 3 days prior to returning to school.
- NSW Health has advised that students who have seasonal allergic rhinitis or another condition that presents similarly to flu-like symptoms are still required to get tested for COVID-19 and return a negative test result. Where symptoms continue beyond 10 days, students should provide documentation from their GP confirming their symptoms are typical for their condition. If the student develops new or changed symptoms, they should get tested for COVID-19.
- COVID-19 testing for students with complex health or disability may be challenging. In these situations, NSW Health has advised that the parent or carer should have their child assessed by their medical practitioner. Where a medical practitioner determines that a COVID-19 test is not required, documentation must be provided to the school to confirm that the student does not have symptoms that warrant a COVID-19 test. The certificate must also indicate that the student is able to return to school.
- We ask parents to stress to students, as indeed we will at school, that the COVID-19 crisis is not over and that even young people, for their own protection, should, as far as possible, continue to abide by reasonable physical distancing rules. Particularly, they should be encouraged to avoid the hugs and high fives that are so commonplace among young people. There will be a time for these signs of connection in due course, but that time is not now.
- All students are encouraged to maintain excellent hand hygiene, cover coughs and sneezes with their elbow or a tissue, place used tissues straight into the bin, avoid touching one’s eyes, nose and mouth and not share food or drink.
- Water fountains are open for refilling of water bottles only. Drinking from water fountains or bubblers is not currently permitted.
- Stairway traffic has been modified and stairs have directional signage to indicate one-way traffic (i.e. some stairs are only used for going up and some are only used for going down, except in an emergency situation).
- Do not attend the school site if you are unwell.
- Non-essential visitors are currently not permitted on school grounds or at school events.
- Until further notice, parents and carers are generally not allowed on the school site or at offsite school events held during school hours except by appointment and/or for specific purposes which may include:
– essential parent and carer meetings with teachers and/or school executives
– parents and carers who are required to collect their child if they are unwell or where they have been asked to arrange for a COVID-19 test after their child has displayed flu-like symptoms while at school
– purchase or collection of uniforms (by appointment only)
– to attend certain events at the invitation of the school provided that the event can be hosted while maintaining a COVID-safe environment.
- All parents, carers and visitors to the school are required to complete a COVID-19 declaration and provide their name and contact details on arrival.
- Parent lanyards are no longer valid.
- Group tours are not currently running. Private tours with a maximum of three people per tour are available by appointment only.
- Kiss and Drop zone: For drop-off, parents are to remain in their cars. Staff will help students out of the car and into the school. If the Kiss and Drop area is full, parents are asked to drive into the Wilson Parking car park under St Andrew’s House, park and bring their child to the front door. There is no charge for 15 minutes or less. Place your ticket in the slot at the boom gate exit (don’t go to a ticket payment machine). For pick up, if the Kiss and Drop zone is full or your child is not ready, please drive around the block. Do not sit in your car at the Kiss and Drop zone for any longer than 2 minutes.