On Friday 13 March, the Australian Government announced new advice as part of its response to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
The new advice is that 'non-essential' events with more than 500 people should not take place and to avoid overseas travel unless it is essential. Other than where there is a case of COVID-19 confirmed, schools will remain open. What does this advice mean for our school?
The health and safety of our community is our priority. With this in mind, and consistent with the latest advice we will:
● avoid gatherings of students and staff such as whole school assemblies.
● wherever possible, use technology options for communication and collaboration.
● avoid 'non-essential' school activities involving more than 500 students.
● respond at a local level, when possible, drawing on the best advice of relevant authorities.
● continue to provide information for parents/carers, students and the wider community using email through our usual channels.
● postpone or cancel some events, and we apologise in advance for the short notice that may be given as the health and well-being of our community is our major concern.
● strongly encourage 'social distancing' practices such as discouraging handshaking, hugs and other forms or incidental social contact.
Students are being assisted to wash their hands properly and with appropriate regularity. Please make sure students also practice proper hand washing procedures at home.
Schools can only be closed at the direction of the Executive Director of Catholic Education for the Diocese of Parramatta after consultation with the Minister for Education /Minister for Health. Should students be required to remain at home for an extended period, teachers will support the students' learning opportunity at home.
We appreciate your continued trust in supporting the learning and well-being of our students, plus, the positive support from our community during these challenging times as we endeavour to remain calm and proactive with our own health care. We will continue to monitor the situation and post updates as deemed necessary, as outlined in this newsletter.
It is now even more vital that all parents have the Skoolbag app downloaded on their devices and set to receive all notifications from the school.