Advice by the Association of Independent Schools NSW of COVID-safe practices that apply to schools. These and other risk management measures form part of our overall COVID Risk Management Plans to ensure that staff and students are as safe as possible. These measures include:
- Mask wearing on public transport, including on PCS buses, is compulsory for all students In Years 7-12 and staff. Parents are asked to provide masks, Including spares for their own child/ren. Mask wearing Is strongly encouraged for students In Years K-6.
- Additional cleaning protocols remain in place for classrooms and high-traffic areas.
- Ventilation – teachers will follow school guidelines ensuring the adequate ventilation of their classrooms. The school has purchased a number of air purifiers with HEPA filter capacity for rooms where fresh-air ventilation is not possible.
- Vaccinations – all staff and volunteers must be fully vaccinated as required by current Public Health Orders. There is no such mandate for students in place, however, this is strongly recommended by health authorities.
- Rapid Antigen Testing – The school has provided RATs to families as per the advice on 23 March. The provision of the tests is to assist families in determining whether their child may be infected with COVID when they display symptoms at home.
- Hygiene and Handwashing – please take the time to remind your child/ren about safe hygiene practices including handwashing and the wearing of masks as applicable to assist in reinforcing this message from the school. Hand sanitiser is available in all classrooms for student use.
- School activities will include additional risk-management practices for the management of COVID-19 risk and will only go ahead should the mitigation threshold be met.
Reminder about what to do if your child tests positive
Any student or staff member who tests positive to COVID-19 is required to follow NSW Health requirements under the Public Health Order for testing positive and self-isolation.
Currently, the requirements are:
- isolate for 7 days following the positive test
- leave isolation after 7 days if no symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, cough or shortness of breath)
- if there are symptoms after 7 days, then remain in isolation until 24 hours after symptoms have resolved. Note: if a person continues to have symptoms, they are able to leave isolation after 7 days with a medical clearance.
Staff and students who return a positive RAHT result must register it on the Service NSW app or service.nsw.gov.au website as soon as possible.
Staff and students who receive a positive PCR or RAHT result must tell their school as soon as possible and follow NSW Health advice.