Covid-19 Virus – Information to Parents March 2020

The School is promoting hygiene education measures to minimise infection as we approach the main cold and ‘flu season of the year. The School is operating as normal with increased vigilance around hygiene and other protocols. Information on these can be found here.

Although it would appear from current information that the risk of significant impact on those who are young and healthy is low, we have a duty to protect those who are vulnerable in our families and community who may be infected by us.

We ask that all families be considerate of the health of others. Specifically, we ask that if children have flu-like symptoms, or symptoms of any other illness, that they be kept at home until they are well.

It has now been made clear that if a student or staff member of a school in NSW is diagnosed with COVID-19 or is a close contact of a confirmed case, we will be notified by NSW Health. The public health unit will provide information to us about the appropriate response.

In the event of the School being asked to close, we will do our best to ensure that parents have access to support learning from home. Students will be catered for by teachers setting specific learning tasks through their online reading, spelling and maths subscriptions. We will be holding an information session (Monday, 23 March at 6:45pm). This will allow the teaching team time to thoughtfully plan and assess how we continue with learning while off site. There are going to be many questions and the teaching team are already looking at ways to make this time positive and valuable even though it will have its disadvantages.

As we head towards the Term 1 break, we ask that if you are planning to travel, you follow the Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) advice in relation to travel. Please be aware that DFAT advice continues to update as the impact of the virus changes so you will need to keep abreast of any changes to risk and travel bans.

The Australian Government recently announced that coronavirus travel restrictions have been extended to people travelling to Australia from Iran and South Korea. You can access the updated fact sheets on the department’s website. For further health advice please visit the Department of Health. For further information on travel restrictions please visit the Department of Home Affairs.

We look forward to working together to do our part protecting those who are vulnerable in our School, families and community. I am sure that each family are doing their very best to keep fear and worry to a minimum while being proactive in preparing for what seems to be a significant health event.

For many of our children, they are beginning to voice worry and fear, but we know that God will be with us as we walk through this time. Fear causes panic and reactionary behaviour. Wisdom and love help us look for the best answer, do all we can, but give the worry to God.

And so, we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love…..There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. …. 1 John 4:16-18

If you have any questions, please contact the School or contact your Health Practitioner.