With the coronavirus situation developing quickly, advice from government officials is changing on a regular basis. In relation to schools, the Prime Minister in his most recent announcement (Sunday afternoon 15 March), indicated that schools would be ‘staying open for the time being.’
As part of this announcement, the Australian Government has advised that all mass gatherings attended by more than 500 people must be cancelled from Monday 16 March 2020. Within a few hours of this announcement, we have received further advice from the department to postpone any events that meet this criteria.
As a result of this advice, the following upcoming events will be postponed:
Harmony Day Whole School Assembly on Thursday 19th March
- Activities celebrating Harmony Day will still occur in classrooms.
Sports Day – Friday 20th March
- To be rescheduled for a later date in the school year.
In line with health and departmental advice and guidelines, we believe it is also prudent to postpone:
- the swimming excursion for students in Years 3-5 in Week 9 – Monday 23 – Friday 27 March
- the aquatics excursion for students in Years 6-7 in Week 9 – Monday 23 – Friday 27 March
- the swimming excursion for students in Reception to Year 2 in Week 1 of Term 2, Monday 27 April – Friday 2 May
- We will endeavour to reschedule these programs for later in the school year.
- We will provide more information and advice on social distancing as it comes to hand from the department.
- As we have already seen across the world, this situation is expected to continue for some time and as such, the department’s preparations are for both the short and medium term.
- Every effort is being made to minimise disruption to student learning.
- In the coming days schools will be provided with information on preparations for continuation of student learning in the event students or teachers are required to self-isolate. These directions are about supporting the effort to contain and slow the spread of COVID-19.
- We continue to encourage families to read the coronavirus fact sheet from the Department of Health, and stress the importance of children (and staff) not attending school if they are unwell or are displaying flu like symptoms. All children, students and staff who are unwell with fever and/or respiratory infection should remain at home until symptoms resolve.
- School staff will continue to advise students to:
- wash their hands regularly, particularly after using the toilet and before eating
- cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue or elbow
Thank you for your support and understanding.
Paul Luke – Principal