Coronavirus COVID - 19 Information

Information from the Department of Education regarding the current Coroniavirus situation. A note has been sent home today with information regarding this.

Dear parents and caregivers,

 

We understand there may be some concern in the community with regard to the virus known as COVID-19. Please be assured that the Department of Education is sending out regular and updated advice to all government schools.

Currently, the best advice regarding COVID-19 is to maintain good hygiene practices – washing hands thoroughly and avoiding touching your face, sneezing into tissues and/or your elbow if you have to. We have been encouraging students to do this at school but we would also encourage you to discuss the importance of good hygiene practices with your children and provide them with hand sanitiser. We do have hand sanitiser available at the offices.

If you or your children are unwell, normal advice applies, you should seek the guidance of a medical practitioner. It is natural that we may suspect that colds or coughs are more serious during this time, however, maintaining a calm response with your children will help alleviate their fears and concerns. Again, seeking medical advice, is the most appropriate course of action.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 and or instances where individuals have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 are reportable to the Department of Health and Human Services. We currently have no confirmed cases within our school.

School closures at this stage, would only occur on the recommendation of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer.

If you are planning on travelling over the school break, we would encourage you to exercise good hygiene and/or seek medical advice immediately if you are unwell. There are currently no bans in place for students returning to school from overseas, EXCEPT where students have returned from countries with significant outbreaks. Check the government’s smart traveller website for advice.

 

For further information regarding COVID-19, there is helpful information at:

https://www.health.gov.au/

And at https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/