INFORMATION TO SCHOOL COMMUNITY
To better support schools to manage COVID-19 cases, the Department of Education and Training (DET) and the Department of Health (DH) have revised how COVID-19 cases will be managed in schools and I wanted to share some information with families to let you know what will happen if we were to receive a positive case at school. I thought that it was important to provide more information on what occurs during a school closure so that you can be prepared for this scenario should it happen. Much of this information is changing rapidly and schools are only provided with some information after a confirmed case is reported. This makes it hard to be fully prepared for such circumstances. Please note the information below is guidance only and is subject to change in the event of a positive case.
What happens if a child tests positive
If the school is closed what happens
Are we prepared?
As always throughout the past 18 months the staff at our school have been preparing for this. There will be challenges and glitches, but as a flexible and growth mindset-orientated community, we will be understanding, patient and forgiving. We receive regularly updated guidance from the Department of Education and have developed our own school plans and CovidSafe actions to keep our staff, children and wider community as safe as possible. These school guidelines will continue to be communicated to families via Compass and includes things such as staggered and separated drop off and pick up, limiting movement and visitors onsite and limited mixing of students onsite.
What can we do at home to support your child/ren in the event of a school closure?
The best thing that you can do is to remain calm and be supportive of your children. Just like adults, they will go through a range of emotions and be challenged by these times. Remind your children to bring home their belongs daily. Practice and encourage them to uphold high levels of hygiene, social distancing and mask wearing where possible. Resources from organisations such as Emerging Minds and Raising Children Network are very useful to support you to have some of these conversations at home.
We are hoping that we do not have to experience a school closure or positive case, but the reality is that it is quite likely that we will. I ask that if you get notified of a school closure that you remain calm and be assured that we will contact you personally if your child is a PCC. Please keep in mind that our focus during this time needs to be on contact tracing and if you have a non urgent issue, we ask if you could please wait until after the school re-opens.
I hope that this has provided some clarity and allows you to have some level of preparedness for a future school closure.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding during these complex time.
Doncaster Primary School