COVID-19 Update 16 March 2020

Dear parents and caregivers

As you can appreciate, the information we are receiving on COVID-19 is quickly evolving. I have outlined a brief summary of current advice, however this is subject to change. I will continue to keep you updated as information comes to hand. Please note that the below information is correct as of 2:30pm, 16 March.

Should you have any further queries, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards

Kirsten

Communication
Please ensure your contact details, including phone numbers, emails and emergency contacts are up-to-date.
If you cannot access the CONNECT BPS school space, please let the front office know. Your child should also be able to access their class space from home using the same login details they use to access school devices. Please check this and let your child’s teacher know if that’s not the case.
If your household does not have access to the internet, or your child does not have a device to access online material, can you please let the front office, or your child’s teacher know.

Self-isolation requirements
The following situations require self-isolation:
• All travellers returning or arriving from overseas must self-isolate for 14 days. This applies to everyone, even if you have no symptoms.
• If you’ve been informed by public health authorities that they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, they must isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case.
• Students or staff who have been tested for COVID-19 should follow the advice of the Department of Health and stay away from school whilst awaiting results.

Information regarding events and excursions
We are acting upon Department advice that while we do not have 500 students, we should review all non-essential gatherings in order to minimise the spread of the virus. This has been the cancellation or postponement of the following:
• Assemblies
• Harmony Day
• ANZAC Service
• Summer carnival
• Swimming carnival
• All excursions and incursions

Social Distancing
The following measures will be implemented across the school:
• Phase of learning PBS meetings to take place in individual classrooms
• Continuing to keep groups separate during the eating of lunch
• Reminders for children to keep their hands to themselves and maintain distance between themselves and their friends
• Advice to families to leave the school site immediately at the end of the school day

Handwashing and hygiene
Our staff will be following the below guidelines:
• Handwashing posters for each classroom
• Explicit teaching and reminders for this to happen
• Teachers to supervise handwashing before and after break times
• Students to wash hands before and after using shared equipment: for example technology equipment, toys, sporting equipment
• Handwashing videos to be played as a reminder:
http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/soapy-hero
https://www.health.gov.au/resources/videos/coronavirus-video-good-hygiene-starts-here
https://www.health.gov.au/resources/videos/coronavirus-video-help-stop-the-spread

How to minimise the spread of COVID-19
• Frequently washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or using an alcohol based hand gel
• Refraining from touching mouth and nose
• If coughing or sneezing, covering your nose and mouth with a paper tissue or flexed elbow
• Dispose of the tissue immediately after use and perform hand hygiene
• Avoiding close contact with anyone if you, or they, have a cold or flu-like symptoms (maintain a distance of at least 1 metre).

If my child is unwell
Please keep them at home. If they have cold and flu symptoms, and have had possible exposure the virus, they should not return to school until they have medical confirmation that they do not have the virus.