IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19
The aim of the information below is to keep our families updated on the current status of Coronavirus and the approach to manage the situation by PLC Armidale. We will continue to follow the instructions from NSW HEALTH. Management plans have been put into action with each stage thoughtfully considered and what the response will be. This information is updated regularly.
COVID-19 UPDATE FOR TERM 3 2022
As schools across the state are in full-swing and this being the final term for Year 12, the NSW Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant in a recent briefing of Independent School Principals’ has expressed concern about the cumulative impact of a resurgence of COVID-19, combined with RSV and influenza. The current Public Health order recommends RAHT or PCR testing if cold or flu like symptoms present or reappear four weeks after a previous case of COVID-19. Girls who are unwell are to remain at home with access to learning available via the Seesaw App or BitMoji Google classroom in the Junior School and CANVAS in the Senior School.
Those who test positive for COVID-19, both staff and students are required under the Public Health Order to remain at home for seven days and notify both the College via the QR Code found on the CONNECT homepage as well as the College website. Whilst household contacts are not required to self-isolate (unless unwell), those over 12 years of age are required under the Public Health Order to wear a mask whilst out in the community, especially at school and to administer a RAHT test daily for seven days.
It is up to each school to determine measures to require of their own community, such as mask wearing, social distancing and restrictions on events and gatherings. We are continuing to monitor the incidence of unwell students and staff and will update via a separate communication if any of these measures are adopted in an attempt to minimise the spread of viruses and ensure continuity of teaching and learning for our Year 12 students especially.
COVID-19 UPDATE FOR TERM 2 2022
- Household contact isolation is no longer required
- Girls and staff are not required to wear masks
- Covid results form to be completed if a positive test is returned
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM NESA FOR STUDENTS IN YEAR 12
Students and staff who are unwell with symptoms including (but not limited to) fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath should implement the following:
• Isolate themselves from others at home and use a separate bathroom if available
• Put on a surgical mask and if they don’t have one, practise good sneeze/cough hygiene
• Practise good hand hygiene
• Call a doctor or hospital and tell them the recent travel or close contact history
• If they have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing call 000, ask for an ambulance and notify the officers of the recent travel or close contact history
If unwell, staff and students should be excluded from attending the school until they are assessed by their primary care provider.
HOW CAN WE HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS?
Practising good sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence against most viruses. You should:
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet
• Cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser
• If unwell, avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people)
While coronavirus is of concern, it is important to remember that most people displaying symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or tiredness are likely suffering with a cold or other respiratory illness – not coronavirus. For the latest advice, information and resources visit NSW Health or call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450. The phone number of your state or territory public health agency is available here. If you have concerns about your health, speak to your doctor.
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS REGARDING HEALTH AND HYGIENE
Preventing Infectious Disease Protocol
Health Centre Procedure Infection Control
Hand washing Protocol
Proper hand washing! What gets left on your hands when you don’t wash properly
Operation Ouch – What happens if you don’t wash your hands (PLEASE NOTE: Video begins at 3.24mins)
Regular updates will be provided to our College community.
Should you have any questions or concerns, a designated email address has been established.