following is updated information from the Department of Education about the Coronavirus.
Please note, currently our school has NO suspected or diagnosed cases of
contact the school if you have any questions.
Update – A special message from the Principal for Parents and Caregivers
Parents and Caregivers
am writing to you regarding the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Health and the Australian Department of Health are working tirelessly to manage
and contain the impact of this virus for Australians and Queenslanders alike.
They are regularly updating travel advice (https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/)
as new information emerges.
Department of Education continues to work closely with Queensland Health to
monitor the situation and identify and manage any impacts on schools and early
childhood centres. You can be assured that we have been preparing and stand ready
to act should the need arise.
I wanted to also provide
you with some more information about the approach that our school might need to
take if a COVID-19 case is identified in our school.
If a case is identified
in our school, the Department of Education and Queensland Health will work
closely with us in managing our response and our actions will be taken with community
health at the centre of our decision making.
If there is a confirmed
case at our school, it is likely our school will need to close for a period to
allow Queensland Health to assess the situation and to perform contact tracing as
required to identify people and students who may have come in contact with the
COVID-19 case. You may have already seen this happening in other states where confirmed
cases have been identified.
The Department of
Education will then work with our school to conduct any specialised cleaning of
our facilities as required to ensure our school is safe for students and staff
to return when clearance is given. A closure is likely to include any on-site
services such as outside school hours care (OSHC) and other facility hirers.
Continuity of learning
is extremely important to us and, as in other disaster and emergency events,
the department has online learning materials and virtual classroom capability
that can be used by teachers to support your child’s learning. The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment
Authority (QCAA) also has procedures in place to support senior secondary students.
If your child develops flu-like symptoms, please:
keep your child at home;
avoid close contact with others such as
touching, kissing or hugging, or any mass gatherings, especially those
involving other children;
see a doctor or contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
seek medical advice if your child has other underlying
medical conditions; and
call ahead to the medical centre or doctor’s
surgery, advising of your child’s symptoms and the closure of the school.
is also important to continue to encourage your children to:
wash their hands regularly with soap and water,
particularly before and after eating, and after going to the toilet;
use alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap is
cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the
inside of their elbow; and
dispose of tissues in the bin immediately.
a community, during this preparation phase, it may be timely for families to
consider their own family and care arrangements should school closure be
while you can be reassured that the Department of Education and Department of
Health are taking all necessary measures to contain COVID-19, it is important
for me to keep information flowing to parents and caregivers to ensure we are
all informed and prepared as a community, should this public health issue come
into our school.
thank you for your support in managing this event and supporting student
awareness of the additional need for strong health and hygiene practices.