As we are now over halfway through Term 1 and the month of March is upon us, I thought it a good opportunity to remind families of the current COVID-19 guidelines. As the cooler weather (hopefully) arrives as we approach the April holiday period, and although restrictions have eased, it is important that we remain vigilant for the health and safety of our school community.
Whilst Queensland Government has stated that there are no current Public Health Directions requiring the wearing of face masks, it is still recommended that face masks be worn if you:
have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have symptoms of an acute respiratory infection;
if you are a close contact; or
wherever you can’t socially distance.
It is recommended by Queensland Health that you are tested for COVID-19 if you have any symptoms of acute respiratory illness. Although no longer mandatory, Queensland Health also strongly recommends that you stay home to isolate if you or your daughter are experiencing any symptoms of an acute respiratory infection.
If your daughter/s is unwell she is required to remain at home until:
her acute respiratory symptoms have substantially reduced; and
she has gone for at least 24 hours without a fever, without using fever-reducing medications such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.
In addition, if returning to school within seven (7) days after receiving a positive COVID-19 test result, your daughter/s should:
wear a face mask covering her nose and mouth whenever they are in an indoor setting outside the home – masks are recommended for children over the age of 12, and for any children under the age of 12 where it is safe for them to do so
avoid contact with people who are a higher risk of severe disease
wash her hands regularly
practice good respiratory hygiene (such as covering the mouth when coughing)
Before returning to school, it is appreciated that you notify us if your daughter/s have been diagnosed with, or had symptoms of, COVID-19.
If your daughter/s start showing signs of illness or is feeling unwell we ask that you keep her home from school. If your daughter/s develops symptoms whilst at school, you will be contacted and asked to collect her as soon as possible.
As always, the health and wellbeing of your daughter, along with all students, staff and families are our main priority and any illness should be treated with this in mind.