Dear Parents and Caregivers
am writing to further update you on the changing situation in response to
As you would be aware,
the Australian Government has announced that all organised, non-essential
mass gatherings attended by more than 500 people must be cancelled from
Monday 16 March 2020.
It is very clear this does not apply to schools and our school will
remain open until further notice.
the health and safety of our students, staff and families remains our highest
priority the following decisions have been made today to reduce the potential
spread of the COVID-19 virus within and across the Eumundi community:
All Parades are cancelled
for the remainder of Term 1
Senior Cross Country scheduled for
Tuesday 24 March postponed until Term 2
Easter Bonnet parade
scheduled for Friday 3 April cancelled
Year 3 Excursion to
Caloundra Events centre on Wednesday 25March cancelled
At this stage all other regular school routines and
extra-curricular actives will continue as normal including choir, instrumental
music, Glee Club, Enviro Days and school / district sports.
We will continue to be guided by advice from the Queensland
Department of Education and Training and the Australian Government in dealing
with the plan for future events. The school appreciates the understanding of
our stakeholders as we deal with this unique, constantly changing situation.
Further information will be communicated about upcoming events as it becomes
support those students who are choosing to self-isolate due to illness concerns
or in the event of schools being directed to close we are currently working on
a plan to provide parents and students with access to an online educational
platform. Please follow the link below to our school website for access to
further information on this topic. Note that these resources will be
continually updated as the school sources and identifies relevant and
appropriate teaching and learning activities.
Control / Hygiene Procedures
combat the potential spread of infection across our school the decision was
made today to employ additional cleaners to work during school hours to ensure
that all staff and student toilets are cleaned and disinfected before and after
lunch breaks. Regular cleaning of the school computer lab will also become
routine practice to reduce the potential spread of any virus. Additional soap
and hand sanitisers have also been purchased for use in classrooms.
ensure that students are washing their hands before and after eating a more
direct approach is being taken across the school with a review of current
routines conducted and stricter guidelines in place for teachers and students
implemented. This process will include every student using hand sanitiser as
they enter and leave classrooms during lunch breaks.
A reminder to parents that anyone who is feeling unwell should
not attend public events and should stay home from work or school. If your
child develops flu-like symptoms, please:
keep your child at home;
avoid close contact with others such as touching, kissing or hugging, or
any mass gatherings, especially those involving other children;
see a doctor or contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) immediately;
seek medical advice if your child has other underlying medical
call ahead to the medical centre or doctor’s surgery, advising of your
child’s symptoms and the closure of the school.
Parents making the decision to withdraw their
child from the school for a period of more than 10 days during this time are
reminded to contact the office about applying for an ‘Application for exemption
for a child or young person enrolled in a Queensland state school’.
I thank you for your
support in managing this situation and supporting student awareness of the
additional need for strong health and hygiene practices.