Updated on 9 March 2021
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.
- Carnivals, sport and excursions off-site, along with on-site school events, ARE allowed to take place currently, and all events will have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. Students at school don’t need to socially distance but staff do.
- Singing and choir rehearsals are able to take place and parents’ involvement in school activities can occur as long as the 1.5m distancing is adhered to. The school will specifically invite parents to on-site events where and when they can attend in person. However, this will be in adherence to the event’s COVID-19 Safety Plan, which will be communicated with parents ahead of time. (This is expected to include: Parent-Teacher interviews and awards assemblies in Chapter House.)
- 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 then provide a copy/screenshot of a negative COVID-19 test result via email to either:
Students who do not undertake a COVID-19 test result will not be permitted to return to school for 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 for their own protection, they should, as far as possible, continue to abide by reasonable physical distancing rules.
- 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.
- 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).
- The current Public Health (COVID-19 Mandatory Face Coverings) Order 2021 requires students over the age of 13 to wear masks while on public transport or school buses in the Greater Sydney area.
- Do not attend the school site if you are unwell.
- Visitors to the school are required to comply with the current COVID check-in arrangements and must adhere to 1.5m physical distancing and personal hygiene requirements, and COVID-19 Safety Plans will be in place for events and activities involving external visitors, particularly those that involve the school community and gatherings of more than 50 adults.
- The school asks parents and carers to only come onto the school site for specific purposes or for select events 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
– purchase or collection of uniforms
– 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 are available by appointment only.
- Kiss and Drop zone on Kent Street: 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 around the block or 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 the first 15 minutes. Place your ticket in the ticket payment machine, (do not go directly to the boom gate), that will give you extra time. If you stay over 15 minutes, please validate your ticket just inside the Reception before returning to the car park. 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 two minutes. Rangers can fine you for parking any longer than two minutes.