Covid Update: Term 3, 2022Philippa Lowe
As most families will be aware, there have been public health warnings about an impending wave of COVID-19 infections with the highly transmissible OMICRON BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants currently
circulating widely in the community.
The School will continue to operate in a COVID-safe way by implementing school-based risk assessment processes and risk mitigation to enable continuity of education and to support well-being. Risk mitigation and preventative measures include masks, ventilation, physical distancing, hand hygiene, vaccination boosters, and isolating when unwell.
All students are expected to attend school as normal. However, students should not attend school if unwell, even with mild symptoms of COVID-19. Students with any COVID-19 symptoms should stay at home and be tested for COVID-19, either through RAHT or PCR testing.
Students who test positive for COVID-19 are required by the Public Health Order to:
- Notify the School. This is done through the Trinity app.
- Notify NSW Health. This is done through the Service NSW app, either on a parent’s account or on the student’s account.
- Not return to School for seven days from the date of the positive test, and only if symptom-free at that point. Symptoms include: a sore throat; runny nose; cough, or shortness of breath. If a person continues to have symptoms, they are able to leave isolation after 7 days with a medical clearance.
Mask wearing is strongly recommended for all students and staff while indoors at School. NSW Health continues to encourage the community to wear masks where social distancing is not possible.
Masks continue to be mandatory on public transport and Trinity bus services. This applies to students aged 12 years and older, staff when travelling to and from school, and during school excursions or on sport buses.
While there are no requirements about which types of masks are to be used, there may be particular circumstances where some masks are preferable over others (e.g. N95 masks provide a greater level of protection when caring for a positive case). For vulnerable individuals, their clinician may recommend particular masks as a part of their healthcare plan. NSW Health information on masks is available online.
- If your son is a household contact, he no longer needs to isolate.
- He is able to come to school so long as he is symptom-free and has a negative RAHT each day that he is a household contact.
- If in the Middle or Senior School, as a household contact he will also need to wear a mask while at school; mask-wearing is encouraged in the Preparatory and Junior School by boys who are household contacts.
If your son is a household contact, parents must notify the school via the absentee tile on the School app and choose ‘COVID-19 Household Contact Attending School’.
The usual protocols for students at home who are well enough to engage in learning continue to apply: students are to check resources on Canvas and email their individual teachers.
Additional RAHT Kits
The School will send home additional tests for symptomatic and household contact testing during the first week of term.
New four-week test exemption after COVID diagnosis
It has been the determination of public health that the testing exemption after the infectious period now only lasts for four weeks, rather than twelve. Please ensure tests are undertaken if symptomatic from four weeks after the previous infection.