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.

 


2021 Term 1, Week 1 Update

22 January 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

It is pleasing to see that the NSW Government response to recent COVID-19 outbreaks is working well, with a very low number of locally transmitted cases being reported. The recent situation in Sydney reminded us all that COVID-19 will be part of our daily lives for a while yet and that spikes in case numbers are an inevitable occurrence. We must learn to operate as normally as possible while adhering to COVID safe guidelines. As Dr Parry said in his communication last week, we will continue to closely monitor the regulatory environment with respect to the operation of KWS and our school events. We will continue to keep you informed as soon as we hear information from the relevant authorities.

We encourage families to continue to consult the NSW Health 'Latest Case Locations and Alerts' page prior to returning to school this term, as well as in relation to any future travel, to ensure that they do not place our school community at risk. The link for NSW Health alerts can be found here:

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/case-locations-and-alerts.aspx

Please find below the latest information from AISNSW / AHPPC / NSW Health for Term 1 2021. Many of the restrictions that were in place in early November 2020 have been maintained due to the current COVID-19 situation impacting NSW:

Aspect of School Life

COVID-19 regulations

Assemblies

  • Whole school assemblies / Chapel services can continue with official visitors and dignitaries; however, parents and carers are not able to attend these events.

Attendance

  • All students should be learning on-campus unless they are unwell or have the appropriate medical certification to support their absence.
  • If students are unwell, they must not attend school, even with the mildest of symptoms. Students must return a negative COVID-19 test, which must be provided to the school via email (reception@kws.nsw.edu.au ), and be symptom free prior to returning to school.
  • If a day pupil develops flu-like symptoms whilst at school, they will be sent to the Health Centre and parents contacted to collect them and have a COVID-19 test.
  • If a boarding students develops flu-like symptoms whilst at school, they will be sent to the Health Centre where they will be isolated and parents will be contacted regarding the coordination of a COVID-19 test.

Camps and excursions

  • These can occur except to aged care facilities.
  • The School will consult with external venues and providers to confirm COVID-safe measures are in place.

Face masks

  • Staff and students are not required to wear a face mask while at school.
  • Anyone who wishes to wear their own face mask in schools will not be prevented from doing so.
  • The School will follow the latest guidance regarding masks for any travel to and from Greater Sydney.

Parents on campus

During school hours

  • Parents are allowed on site for essential activities only during school hours – i.e. pre-organised meetings with staff, uniform shop attendance – parents must sign in at main reception.
  • No attendance at sporting or other activities.

After school hours

  • Parents may attend sporting activities outside of normal school hours.
  • Number of attendees and guidelines on attendance will be provided by the Director of Co-Curricular.

Students

  • Physical distancing of our students is not required by the AHPPC guidelines.
  • Activities will be restricted to year groups where possible to limit close contacts to those within year groups.
  • 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.

 

 

Thank you in advance for your support and understanding as we continue to manage the environment we are faced with.

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


 

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 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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