ADDITIONAL CONTROLS - When there are high numbers of COVID-19 exposures at our school, consideration will be given to whether any of the following additional COVID-19 Safety Measures should be temporarily reintroduced, with authorisation from the Education Directorate COVID Response Team. These measures aim to limit the potential for further transmission and will generally be limited to a short period of time (eg 1-2 weeks).
· Additional testing recommendations - such as to test before returning to school and again in 48 hours.
· Masks - Staff and visitors may be required to wear a mask when indoors and when physical distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.
· Limiting parents and carers on site - Parents and carers may be asked not to attend a school site without an appointment.
· Cancelling permitted activities - Any of non essential activities, may be cancelled or rescheduled to another date.
· Cohorting - It may be necessary to cohort a particular class or year level so that they don’t mix with other students or staff across the school.
· Remote learning - Some or all students may need to return to remote learning for short periods of time. This measure will be limited as much as possible, however may also be enacted in response to workforce shortages arising from COVID-19.
RAPID ANTIGEN TESTING - Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) will continue to be available and provided on an as needed basis for all staff and students for term 3. Participation in Rapid Antigen Testing is voluntary. Positive test results are to be reported to the school and staff are to comply with Public Health Directions regarding declaring test results and isolation requirements.
HOUSEHOLD CONTACTS - On 20 April 2022 the ACT Government endorsed ACT Health’s recommendation to change the public health directions for COVID-19 household contact quarantine. As per this agreement, from 26 April 2022, household contacts are no longer required to quarantine provided they comply with certain requirements:
· Have no symptoms of COVID-19
· Wear a facemask in indoor settings (this applies to students in years 7-12)
· Work and/or study from home where it is practicable to do so
· If seeking to attend work or study – where it is not practicable to do so from home – undertake RAT testing every 48 hours
· Test before entering an unavoidable indoor gathering
· Not enter a high-risk setting – which does not apply to education settings
· Minimise social contact and movement in the community
Thanks for your ongoing support.
Bye for now,