COVID 19 - Return to School Guide

COVID-19 Resumption of face to face schooling, operational guidelines @ GWSPS


Recommendations for schools- May 2020 - Chief Health Officer
• Given the continuing very low rates of community transmission of COVID-19, schools in Victoria can commence return to on-site provision.
• Hand sanitiser should continue to be available and everyone should continue to protect themselves and prevent the spread of COVID-19 with effective hand hygiene.
• Schools should put in place arrangements that enable physical distancing between adults in school and immediately outside the school, including in teaching and learning environments and staff facilities, as well as at times such as school drop-offs and pick-ups.
• Any staff, children or young people who are ill should not attend school.


Hygiene
 Staff and students are encouraged to regularly perform hand hygiene, including on arrival to school and before and after meals.
 All students will be guided in regular hand-washing, including after toilet breaks and before and after recess and lunch breaks, too.
 Hand sanitiser will be available in all classrooms, at the office, in the staff room and corridor entry/exit points.
 Supplementary cleaning of taps, door handles and communally used surfaces will be carried out during school days. This will be undertaken by Spotless Cleaning Services and is additional to the normal cleaning.
 Students will be encouraged to wash/sanitise their hands before and after use of shared equipment.
 Shared equipment, such as digital devices, will be regularly wiped.
 Staff are reminded to clean their phones regularly.
 If a student spreads droplets (for example by sneezing, coughing or vomiting), surfaces will be cleaned immediately by staff with disinfectant wipes while wearing gloves.
 Staff will promote fresh airflow indoors and maximise use of outdoor learning areas or environments with enhanced ventilation where possible and as practical depending on weather conditions.


Illness/First aid
 All unwell staff and children are to be actively encouraged to stay home.
 Physical distancing is not practical when providing direct care. In this situation standard precautions, including hand hygiene, are important for infection control.
 Standard precautions as per the Department’s Infectious Disease policy should be adopted when providing first aid. For example, use gloves and an apron when dealing with blood or body fluids/substances.
 Staff will wash hands with soap and water or use a hand sanitiser before and after providing first aid.
 Additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (for example face masks) is not required to provide regular care for children or young people who are well.
 If a staff member is unsure whether a student is unwell staff are advised in the first instance to contact the parent/carer to discuss any concerns about the health status of the student, and taking a precautionary approach, request the parent/carer to collect their child if concerns remain.
 If a child is “ill” during the day that child’s parents will be immediately called to collect the student. The student will remain in sick bay until a parent can collect them.
 Health care plans, where relevant, should be updated to provide additional advice on monitoring and identification of the unwell child in the context of coronavirus (COVID-19).
 Staff and students experiencing compatible symptoms with coronavirus (COVID-19), such as fever, cough or sore throat, will be isolated in an appropriate space with suitable supervision and collected by a parent/carer as soon as possible. Urgent medical attention will be sought where needed. Unwell students will not be permitted to travel home unsupervised.
 Where staff or students are experiencing compatible symptoms with coronavirus, we will ensure hand hygiene, physical distancing and (where possible) use of a face mask. See DET guidance for the use of Personal Protective Equipment in education.
 Staff or students experiencing compatible symptoms with coronavirus (COVID-19) should be encouraged to seek the advice of their healthcare professional who can advise on next steps. A medical certificate is not required to return to school after a period of illness, however staff and students should not return until symptoms resolve.
 DET has comprehensive procedures in place with the Department of Health and Human Services to manage suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in schools.


Attendance and entry details
 F-2 students will resume school on May 26th after a pupil-free day on 25th May, when all staff will return to the workplace.
 Levels 3-6 students will resume school on June 9th.


ENTRY/EXIT GATES
 There will be four entry/exit points for students to enter the school grounds at the beginning of the day and exit at the end of the day. Each entry point will be allocated a House name/colour:
 Entry point 1 – Whites Lane – main entrance – Goolagong/Yellow
 Entry point 2 – Whites Lane – community garden entry – Bradman/Blue
 Entry point 3 – Watsons Road – crossing entry – Cuthbert/Red
 Entry point 4 – Watsons Road – former OSH entry – Landy/Green
 Parents are encouraged to allow their children to independently enter the grounds. Parents will not be able to enter the school via these entry points. Social distancing protocols are expected. Each entry point will be staffed.
 All entry points will be unlocked at 8:45am and locked at 9:00am for the duration of the school day. They will reopen at 3:30pm for dismissal and will be locked at 3:45pm.
 Students will line up in their usual line up areas at the start of the day, rather than entering the buildings directly. Class teachers will guide and escort the students into the classrooms.
 There will be no scope for socialising by adults in the school yard before or after school.


LATE ARRIVALS/EARLY PICK UPS
 Late arrivals and early pick-ups will need to contact the school via phone/email to arrange for the main gate to be open. Contact details will be on display at the main entrance point – Whites Lane.
Operational details
 F-2 students who elect to remain at home from the 26th May will not be supported by the school Remote Learning program. Alternative (and usual) supports will be provided in unique circumstances.
 Students in Year 3-6, who require onsite supervision in line with current parent needs, will be supervised by staff without onsite classroom responsibilities on a roster basis. These students cannot expect to receive direct instruction, until 9th June when all students resume.
 Students in Year 3-6, who require onsite supervision will enter via the front gate and proceed to the North Learning Studio.
 There will be no assembly-type gatherings until further notice.
 Meetings will predominately be on webex.
 There will be no inter-school sport until further notice.
 There will be no camps until further notice.
 School excursions and other non-essential large gatherings will be postponed or adapted considering use of technology.


ADMINISTRATION ENQUIRIES
Parents who cannot attend to their school enquiry needs remotely through email or phone communication, can access the Main Office only by entering the Main Entry point on Whites Lane, and MUST proceed directly to the Foyer in the administration building. For access between 9:00am and 3:30pm, please contact the school. Social distancing practices will apply whilst parents wait at the office.
Social Distancing
 All staff will be responsible for maintaining their own social distancing.
 Staff to maintain physical distancing from each other as much as possible in the staff room and offices.
 Staff will reduce mixing between different cohorts of students where possible.
Restrictions
 Parents will not be expected to enter the school grounds until further notice.
 We will expect that parents do not enter any buildings except the main office foyer when absolutely necessary. In doing so, parents (and visitors) will be expected to maintain social distancing behaviours.
 No trade or other visiting personnel are permitted on site during school hours unless an urgent need exists.
Students:
 Students will be discouraged from touching or having physical contact with other students or staff.
 Students are not to use taps for drinking – They must use their own drink bottle which can be re-filled from non-drinking taps. Drinking fountains will be decommissioned.
 Students are not to engage in contact activities or activities where contact is likely. (eg. contact sports)
 Students should use their own pencils, books, scissors and other resources where possible.
 Students will go the toilet during class time in pairs. Students will be reminded to wash their hands each time.
 Students should not share food.
 Students will wash their hands regularly with soap and water or using hand sanitiser.