16 Mar 2020
Please see the most current advice about Covid-19 (Coronavirus) following;
Whilst Coolah Central School remains operational we will be implementing some preventative measures.
- We will no longer be having assemblies at school. This includes morning assemblies. Students will go straight to class and rolls will be marked there.
- All excursions have been cancelled until further notice. This includes Peachey and Richardson Competitions on Thursday and Secondary Winter Trials on Friday.
- At this stage school photos will still occur on Tuesday 24th March as students are only in class groups and these will be taken outside.
- We continue to encourage appropriate hygiene habits for students at school including;
o Washing hands with soap for 20 seconds throughout the day.
o Coughing or sneezing into tissue or elbows.
o Staying home from school when sick.
We encourage all students to remain focused on their leaning and their studies. Teachers will be preparing students to be able to continue their studies in the home environment should the need arise.
We will update parents as necessary should these arrangements change.
Covid-19 Advice for Parents
The NSW Department of Education is introducing proactive measures to limit the impact of COVID-19 in our schools.
All major arts, sports and initiative activities and events will temporarily be ceased until further notice. This includes whole-school sporting events and inter-school events involving three or more schools.
Current advice from the Australian Government is:
· All travellers to Australia will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
· A ban on cruise liners from foreign ports arriving at Australian ports for 30 days.
· Any confirmed case of COVID-19 will be excluded until they are medically cleared to return.
· Close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be excluded for 14 days since last contact with the confirmed case.
· Students and staff who have returned to Australia and have shown no symptoms during the 14-day home-isolation period are able to return to school or work.
NSW Health has processes in place to identify any close contacts of cases confirmed in Australia. A close contact is a person who has spent significant time either face to face (15 minutes) or in an enclosed space (2 hours or more) as someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. It is advising these close contacts about not attending work, school or early childhood and childcare services.
The Department of Education continues to work closely with NSW Health to monitor and respond to developments and to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff.
Consistent with current guidelines, children, students and staff who are unwell with respiratory illness should remain at home until symptoms resolve. In accordance with our current practice if any student becomes unwell we will implement our infection control guidelines and follow the advice provided by NSW Health as appropriate.