We are COVID Safe 
This page outlines our risk management strategies to ensure our school community's health and safety. 

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COVID-19: What we are doing to address Health & Safety at school

 

Our Daily COVID-19 Hygiene Procedures:

  1. ​As usual a major clean is done after the school week, but we have extended the length of time now to include more surface cleaning.

  2. TFCS has also employed cleaners to sanitise and wipe down all classrooms and publicly shared areas at the end of each day.

  3. Staff are wiping down classrooms at recess and lunch.

  4. Hand sanitiser dispensers are available in all classrooms and public areas. 

  5. Children are washing their hands before eating and before entering and leaving the classrooms.

  6. Teachers are making hygiene education part of daily activities and are reminding children of good hygiene practices and explaining why it is important. 

  7. As much as possible, students are maintaining social distancing in classrooms and outdoors.

  8. To ensure safe play time, staff are providing active supervision during recess and lunch. 

  9. Any staff member or child who displays any cold or flu like symptoms are being instructed to please stay home. 

We ask you to help us by:

  1. Not sending your child/ren to school in they have any cold or flu-like symptoms and obtaining a negative COVID test result before sending them back to school.

    • If any person in your family has been tested, then all members of the family must stay home until a negative result is obtained. No student is to be at school if a family member has been tested and is awaiting their results.

  2. trying to make the settling in process as quick as possible so as to avoid too many people in the school. To help us limit the number of children and adults in the school setting, please don't hang around and try to avoid bringing other members with you.

  3. not allowing your child to bring in toys from home.

  4. ensuring you are packing a water bottle and enough food for the day. Students have fruit at munch and crunch, a recess and a lunch. It is preferred that the bubblers are not used.

  5. on arriving home, getting your child/ren wash their hands and change their clothes to avoid spreading anything to your family.

*Please contact staff or a committee member is you have any questions or concerns.

Advice for Families from NSW Education

Extracted from NSW Education, 3 May 2022

https://education.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/advice-for-families

 

Close contacts attending school

To ease the isolation requirements for close contacts was made on 20 April 2022. This will enable students and staff who are close contacts and have no symptoms to continue to attend school if they follow guidelines agreed with NSW Health.

Note that staff and students who have had confirmed COVID-19 in the last 12 weeks do not have to comply with the following guidelines if they become a household or close contact and are not required to self-isolate or test unless they develop new COVID-19 symptoms.

Close contacts attending school will need to adhere to the following in addition to the NSW Health Guidelines

  • They must notify the school if they are intending to return under this provision.

  • They should conduct a daily RAT and return a negative result each morning before attending school for 5 school days.

  • Primary school students are recommended to wear a mask indoors (except when eating or exercising).

  • No student or staff member identified as a close contact will be permitted to participate in overnight excursions, including school camps.

Students and staff at greater risk of serious illness, if they were to contract COVID-19, should speak with their health care professional to review their health support plan or COVID-19 action plan and speak with the school about any local considerations.

Testing

(Last Updated 23 April 2022)

Remember: Staff and students cannot attend school if they are showing any symptoms of COVID-19

If symptoms occur at any time, your child should not attend school and should undertake a rapid antigen test (RAT).

Additional delivery of RATs will be provided for students and staff who are identified as close contacts and are returning to school.

Beyond the department's provision of RATs, symptomatic students and staff should continue to access PCR and store-purchased RATs.

  • If a student is unwell and has any COVID-19 symptoms, they should always test for COVID-19.

  • If the test comes back negative for COVID-19, the student should still not return to school until either:

    • The student no longer has any symptoms, or

    • A medical certificate is provided to the school confirming that symptoms are explained by another diagnosis (such as hay fever)

  • It is important that students do not attend school if they are unwell, even if they have tested negative for COVID-19. Rapid antigen tests can produce false negative results and symptoms of other illnesses can also be similar to COVID-19, including flu, the common cold and stomach bugs. Health advice is that students who are sick should always stay home to rest and recover and avoid putting other students and staff at risk of getting sick.

It is recommended that students and staff that return to school after recovering from COVID-19 do not participate in rapid antigen testing for 12 weeks following release from self-isolation unless they develop new COVID-19 symptoms. This is due to NSW Health advice that people who have recovered from COVID-19 have a low risk of contracting it again in the following 12 weeks.

People using saliva testing kits must not eat or drink for 30 minutes before taking the saliva RAT, to give more accurate results.

For positive COVID-19 cases

If there is a positive case in your child’s class, year or other grouping, your child can continue to attend school in line with NSW Health advice.

If a student or staff member receives a positive RAT test, they need to:

  • Record the positive RAT result through the Service NSW website or the NSW Services App –   please add details of your child's school or early childhood education centre when prompted

  • notify the school of the positive RAT or PCR test result as soon as possible

  • follow NSW Health advice to isolate for 7 days.

Registering your child’s positive RAT with Service NSW is a requirement of the Public Health Order and helps NSW Health track COVID-19 in schools and address any public health issues early on if required.

Negative results do not need to be reported to Service NSW or to the school.

Schools will inform their community when there is a positive case in the school and guide families on NSW Health advice, including monitoring for symptoms. Parents should expect regular communication.