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Updates relating to COVID-19 restrictions as of 19 August 2020

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Current updates relating to COVID-19 restrictions

Tuesday 18 August 2020

Dear parents/carers

As we know, the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to be fluid. This update is intended to provide you with information relating to the latest advice from the New South Wales Department of Education in relation to school operational changes. These further changes, which will come in to effect on Wednesday 19 August, will impact how we do business at Thurgoona Public School.

Firstly, schools continue to be safe, and operations are in line with Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and NSW Health advice. All students should be learning on campus unless they are unwell or have a medical certificate to support their absence.

The activities that are permitted at school will be conducted in a way that is safe and appropriate in the current environment. Those that remain on hold will be reviewed by the Department of Education during the term and will recommence when appropriate based on health and other relevant advice.

As of 19 August, some of the changes required from schools are:

  • vigilance in ensuring that staff and students do not attend school or work if they are unwell
  • students absent or sent home due to flu-like symptoms need to be tested
  • staff and students must not return to school or work until they return a negative COVID-19 result and are symptoms free
  • schools must sight the negative COVID-19 test result prior to allowing students and staff to return to school
  • schools should limit activities to cohort, year groups, stages whenever possible.
  • Changes in relation to day to day school operations at Thurgoona Public School, include:
  • the establishment of dedicated play areas for specific stage groups during lunch and recess
  • a restriction of student movement between stages
  • the cessation of lunchtime interest groups
  • no scripture classes
  • no whole school assemblies
  • only providers that are essential to the delivery of curriculum can continue to provide services and programs until further notice
  • high school and kindergarten transition on hold until further notice

Non-essential adults are still not permitted on school grounds or at school events. If parents/carers need to contact the school, they are advised to phone or email. If required to visit the front office, please enter and exit via the front glass doors near the hall. This includes parents and carers, except for face-to-face parent/teacher meetings that are essential.

Parents and carers are reminded to follow all social distancing guidelines when dropping off and picking up their child/children. Please do not congregate in groups, especially at pick times, at the designated meeting points around our school grounds.

What is social distancing?

Social distancing is an effective measure to generally reduce potential for transmission. These measures include:

  • avoiding crowds and mass gatherings where it is difficult to keep the appropriate distance away from others,
  • avoiding small gatherings in enclosed spaces
  • attempting to keep a distance of 1.5 metres between themselves and other people where possible
  • avoiding shaking hands, hugging, or kissing other people

The school canteen will remain open and the clothing pool will be opened by appointment.

We understand that these changes are going to impact families. We thank you in advance for working with us during this challenging time. The changes that we are required to implement are directives from the Department of Education, Health NSW and the AHPPC.

We are working in partnership with all stakeholders to ensure that the health, safety and wellbeing of all students and staff is our core focus.

Theresa Kane