Coronavirus Updates

The school is taking precautionary steps to respond to the  COVID-19 pandemic. 
This page will be kept up to date with the latest information from the school.

 


Term 4, Week 1 Update

12 October 2020

Whilst we have seen excellent progress in NSW regarding COVID-19, the school still has a number of guidelines and protocols that we need to adhere to. I appreciate that this is frustrating, and at times contradictory to what is occurring outside of our setting, nevertheless, we need to keep a focus on what it is we can control; our behaviours and attitude, this is a prudent choice.

COVID-19 Update

The school has received updated information from NSW Health regarding COVID-19 and guidelines. We are hoping that there will be a further lifting of restrictions as the term progresses. The changes this term are as follows:

·       Interschool activities can recommence where there is a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. This means we can now travel outside of our local community for curriculum activities, sport etc. Additional information will be shared by Ms Heidi Anthony regarding this.

·       Overnight activities may take place so long as accommodation facilities and overnight event organisers develop and implement a COVID-19 Safety plan. Additional information will be shared by Ms Heidi Anthony.

·       Activities located at other schools - students can recommence attending classes/activities relating to subjects only available on other campuses from Term 4. Arrangements need to be in place to ensure they go directly to their class and do not mix with other groups of students at the school.

Year Group Zones

Students will need to remain within their relevant cohort group until further notice. This applies to all curriculum activities, co-curricular activities etc. The zones for Week 1 are below:

Year

Area

7

Y7 Quad

8

Maths / Bennett Quad

9

Between Bennet / Science and Music area

10

The area between the Canteen and Health Centre, above the oval

11

Wolaroi Courtyard / Quad

 

Students who are unwell

As with last term, if your child is sick, they must not come to school. You must keep them at home and away from others. As a boarding school we are still classified as a ‘high-risk’ setting and it is imperative that if either staff or pupils are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 then they should be tested at a COVID-19 clinic.

The symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • fever (37.5 ° or higher), cough, sore/scratchy throat, shortness of breath and loss of smell or loss of taste.
  • Other reported symptoms of COVID-19 include:
  • fatigue, runny nose, muscle pain, joint pain, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting or loss of appetite.

The negative COVID-19 test result must be sighted and received by the school – please email to reception@kws.nsw.edu.au – before students return to school.

Visitors to Campus

Non-essential adults are still not permitted on school grounds or at school events. This includes parents and carers except for face-to-face parent/teacher meetings that are essential (e.g. to discuss disciplinary or other wellbeing matters).

Changing room use

Changing rooms will now be in use for before and after school training. Students with scheduled PE lessons should continue to attend school in their full sports uniform on these days. Students may wish to bring along a spare school sports polo to change into after exercise if they have concerns about perspiration. Full school uniform should be worn at other times.

Speech Day 2020

Information on Speech Day will be provided as soon as possible once guidance has been received by NSW Health.

A reminder regarding leave / absence from school

Absences from school are to be reported to Main Reception on the day of the absence by 9am. Parents are encouraged to email this notification using reception@kws.nsw.edu.au or phone Main Reception on 02 6392 0300. Please ensure to include your child’s name, House and Year and reason for absence in your email or voice message. The Reception team will then contact your child’s Head of House to inform them of the absence. If any assessment is missed through illness, a medical certificate must be provided.

Leave for pupils for external appointments during school hours can be obtained from Main Reception. Parents must advise Main Reception by phone or email 48 hours before the appointment. All pupils must sign out at main reception. Parents and pupils must be aware of assessments prior to making external appointments.

Applications for leave from the School for more than two consecutive days during term time must be made in writing to the Deputy Principal’s PA, hosspa@kws.nsw.edu.au and should be at least one week in advance. The Deputy Principal will reply to all correspondence regarding a pupil’s departure from school when it is for a period greater than two days and not as a result of illness.

Week 1

Finally, to assist with planning – the first week of this term is Week A. With best wishes for the term ahead,

James Boyd
Deputy Principal


 

COVID-19 Communication and Campus Closure Plan

29 May 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have recently worked to develop and implement a contingency plan for school closure in the case of a confirmed COVID-19 case at school (or another State or local shutdown).

We would like to share our communication plan and decision-making process should we need to close the campus. 

NSW Health will advise the Principal if a confirmed case of COVID-19 has an impact on our school. All other confirmed cases are a personal matter for those involved and they will be managed directly by NSW Health. People assessed as being a ‘close contact’ of a member of the community are identified and contacted by NSW Health and given appropriate advice. Schools are bound by obligations under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (NSW) to not disclose the identity of a person with COVID-19 except to authorised people.

Communication Plan 
Immediately following notification of a decision to close the campus, as per advice from NSW Health, the communication protocol will include: 

  • The Principal will be notified by NSW Health.
  • Communications will go out to all faculty, staff, students, and parents regarding campus closure via SMS and email. 
  • Parents and students will be provided with specific instructions for student departure if this occurs during a school day.
  • Communication of the process and status of the campus closure will continue via sms, email and the school website until we return to normal face-to-face operations.

Campus Closure Process 
Throughout any closure, the steps taken by the school will be under the guidance and advice of NSW Health. If the school is advised of a positive case of COVID-19 during a school day: 

  • Day students will need be collected by parents. Please make sure that you know your child’s day house and collection point (contained in this document).
  • Boarding students will return to their boarding houses immediately and will be temporarily quarantined or sent home depending on the circumstances.

Parents please adhere to these guidelines to minimise traffic delays as best as possible. Following the official closure of the campus, we will sanitize all areas of the school.

Collection Points

Day House Pick up zone and details
Blackman  Senior School Bus Bay
 Enter via Bathurst Rd Gates, exit via Cox Ave South Gate
Brown  Allenby Road Gate
Dean  Cox Avenue South Gate
 Please do not block the gate
Douglas  1st Gate to Wolaroi Boarding House
 Icely Road
Gordon  Cox Avenue North Gate
 Please do not block the gate
McLachlan  Weymouth Boarding House Gate
 Allenby Road
Richards  2nd Gate to Wolaroi Boarding House
 Icely Road
Williams  Junior School pick up area
 Enter at Cox Ave South Gate, exit at Cox Ave North Gate
Junior School  Junior School pick up area
 Enter at Cox Ave South Gate, exit at Cox Ave North Gate
Pre-Kinder  Pre-Kinder pick up area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boarding
Closure of a Boarding House (or Houses) – if deemed necessary – will be completed within 24 hours of the notice for campus closure. Boarding families have been encouraged to prepare a plan for this circumstance. Parents please adhere to these guidelines to minimise traffic delays as best as possible.

Academics
The transition back to remote teaching will happen 24 hours after the announcement of school campus closure. Information regarding timetables and commencement will be sent to students and parents via email.

FAQs
How will I be informed if there is a school closure?  
The School will send a notification via SMS and will send a follow-up message via email. 

Where do I collect my children?   
Junior School children will be collected from the normal pickup zone while Pre-Kinder will be collected as normal from their room. Senior School pickup areas are detailed above and in the map below.
 
What if I have to pick up children from Senior and Junior?  
Pre-Kinder and Junior School students will be collected first. Siblings in the Senior School will be able to travel home with them. 
Will the children be prepared to know what to do? Yes, we will be conducting a practice in Week 6. 

How soon do I need to be there?  
Junior School parents should collect their children within 1 hour of receiving the SMS. Senior School parents will be advised a slightly later time for collection.

Will there be a bus service?  
No, there will be no School bus services running and students will not be able to use public transport. 

Will there be supervision until I can get there?  
Yes. Senior day students will be supervised in the DPA until 6pm while Junior School students will be supervised in Room 52 adjacent to the pick-up area until 5pm.

What if my child is a Boarder?  
Mr Curran will be sharing specific information for the process for our Boarding students. 

What if my child drives to and from School?
Students who drive to School can drive home and take their siblings but cannot take other students home.

Can my child go with someone else if I am unable to collect them from School?  
Supervision will be provided and children will need to be collected by their parents or their authorised emergency contact. 

How soon will we have information on who the infected person has been in contact with?  
Contact tracing is expected to take approximately 48 hours.

If we suspect our child has been in contact with the sick person, what should we do?  
If your child is identified as a close contact you will be advised by NSW Health. If you need advice or have questions, call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. 

Will the children be sent home with everything they need for learning?  
Yes.

How will the school keep us up to date?  
There will be regular communication via email.

How soon will the school reopen?  
The School will be guided by NSW Health on this and information will be shared as soon as possible by Dr Parry. 

Can we take Boarders home?  
Boarding students will return to their Houses and be collected by their parents.

Testing update
If your child is kept home and is displaying any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, sore/scratchy throat, shortness of breath, loss of smell, loss of taste, runny nose, muscle pain, joint pain, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting and loss of appetite then please ensure they are tested for COVID-19. Please inform the School’s Health Centre sickbay@kws.nsw.edu.au about the test and notify them of the negative result when it comes through. This will allow the Health Centre to monitor those being tested and will assist the School and NSW Health with contact tracing if a positive test was to occur.

Year Group Locations for Week 6

Year Group Area
Year 7  Year 7 Quadrangle
Year 8  Between Bennett / Science and Music Area
Year 9  Maths / Bennett Quadrangle
Year 10  In front of DPA / Amphitheatre
Year 11  Between the Canteen and Health Centre, above the oval
Year 12  Wolaroi Courtyard 

 

 

 

James Boyd
Deputy Principal

Downloads:

Evacuation Map

Update Term 2, Week 5


 

Useful links for the School Community

Where can I find the latest health information on COVID-19?

The Department of Health has posted several publications here: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources

The World Health Organisation’s advice for the public can be found here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for- public

The Australian Government has a dedicated COVID-19 Health Information Line, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 1800 020 080

Where can I find advice on supporting my child through this event?

For parents and carers:

For young people:

During these difficult times, maintaining positive wellbeing may be challenging. Relying on news from mainstream media or social media which may be sensational or exaggerate issues can further increase stress and anxiety. It is important to seek information from trusted sources. Below are some resources available to support all children and young people with their wellbeing.

The World Health Organisation has developed a handout on helping children cope with stress during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Head to Health
It’s natural to feel stressed, worried, anxious, bored or depressed as the Covid-19 pandemic impacts our mental health and wellbeing. This page covers facts about the outbreak as well as tips for maintaining good mental health and how to access mental health services. Psychological tips for coping can help you with managing anxiety and worry about Covid-19.

Reach Out
Self-care can help you feel a little better and can give you a sense of control in a very uncertain time. Here is a list of self-care activities that you can do from home.

Beyond Blue
When children and young people are able to self-manage their emotions their emotions, they feel more confident, capable and in control. Helping children and young people manage their emotions is important for fostering positive mental health and wellbeing.

Student Wellbeing Hub
The Student Wellbeing Hub is  a place for educators, parents and students to build safe, inclusive and connected communities that promote wellbeing and learning. 

Kids Helpline
KHL provides free, confidential support and counselling for children aged 5-25.

Headspace
Headspace provides mental health services for aged 12-25 including information and resources, as well as online and telephone services. This factsheet is to support young people with Covid-19 related stress.

For younger students:

 

School TV Wellbeing Checklists

In this Special Report, adult carers will be provided with a checklist that can be used as a guide in determining if there is any cause for concern. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.

For primary students:  https://schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/special-report-wellbeing-checklist-primary

For secondary students: https://schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/special-report-wellbeing-checklist-secondary

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