COVID-19 Update

Dear Parents and Caregivers

I am writing to further update you on the changing situation in response to COVID-19.

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.

As 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 available.

Learning and Teaching

To 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.

Infection Control / Hygiene Procedures

To 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.

To 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.

Student Absences

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 conditions; and

·       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. 

Michael Connors

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Last reviewed 28 June 2020
Last updated 28 June 2020