COVID-19 – Update May 6

MAY 6: New COVID-19 restrictions

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COVID-19 – Update May 6

MAY 6: New COVID-19 restrictions

Updated NSW new health advice: important updates for the Trinity community

6 May, 2021

The NSW Government has announced additional restrictions that come into effect at 5pm today (May 6, 2021).
Additional Restrictions for the School community:
  • Secondary students will be required to wear masks on school busses and public transport
  • There will be no singing at chapels or assemblies, or choir rehearsals
  • Performances of One Man, Two Guvnors will continue as planned, although audiences will be required to wear masks, and refreshments will not be served
  • Sport will continue according to our usual protocols. Please review the list of case locations and follow NSW Health regulations before attending

 

Please note previous restrictions remain:

  • Non-essential adults are still not permitted on school grounds or at school events
  • This includes parents except for events and activities that parents are notified they can attend
  • Parents who need to attend meetings or events at the School must do so by sign in via the appropriate campus reception or through the method communicated to them by the event organiser
  • All visitors must sign at reception each time they visit the School except for the drop off and pick up of students
  • Please note that all adults visiting a school must comply with the school’s COVID-safe requirements including sign-in procedures, personal hygiene, infection control and physical distancing guidelines

Masks

Students over the age of 12 and staff must comply with the Public Health (COVID-19 Mandatory Face Coverings) Order 2021 when travelling to and from school and during school excursions by public transport, or by chartered/private transport services. This applies to staff and students who reside or travel to and from Greater Sydney (including the Blue Mountains), Central Coast and Wollongong.

As at 5pm May 6, secondary students will be required to wear masks on school buses and public transport.

Staff and students are not required to wear a face mask while at school. Anyone who wishes to wear their own masks in school will not be prevented from doing so.

 

Music

There will be no singing at chapels or assemblies, or choir rehearsals during the tightened restrictions.

Music will continue for students and all ensembles will continue with appropriate COVID-19 Safety plans.

 

Sport and Spectators

All sporting activities will continue in with appropriate COVID-19 Safety plans.

Parents may attend sporting fixtures such as Saturday sport as per guidelines, but not events that take place during the normal school day.

Our COVID-Safe sport page is essential reading for parents planning to attend Saturday sport and other sporting fixtures.

MANAGING COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

What do parents now need to do if a student is symptomatic or taking a COVID-19 test?

NSW Health requires students and staff with even mild symptoms of COVID-19 to be excluded from school and to be tested. Students and staff are not to return to school until symptoms have ceased, a negative test result has been received, and proof of the negative result has been provided to the school.

Parents are to notify the School if a student is being tested for COVID-19, and to provide the negative test result through the relevant absentee email address before the student returns.

In situations where a parent/carer is unwilling to allow their child to undertake a COVID test or provide the school with a negative COVID-19 test result, the student is to be excluded from school for a 10 day period.

Additionally, the student must have been symptom free for at least 3 days before returning to school.

How will the School manage suspected cases of COVID-19?

Any student who is unwell or displays symptoms potentially associated with COVID-19 must not attend School.

NSW Health recommends anyone with symptoms should be tested.

Any Student who has been tested must not attend School while waiting results and adhere to isolation/quarantine protocols.

Any student who, while at School, becomes unwell or displays symptoms potentially associated with COVID-19 must immediately inform his teacher and report to the Health Centre.

If required, parents will be contacted by the School’s Nurse to collect their son and seek appropriate medical attention.

The School will be notified by the NSW Public Health Unit of any Student who is confirmed COVID-19 positive. Return to School will not be permitted until formal release has been received from the local public health unit or treating physician.

What happens in the event of a shutdown because of a confirmed case of COVID-19?

The School will contact you using the Trinity School App and Email. We have a comprehensive plan for an orderly departure of students from the campus if NSW Health contact us during the School day. It may take up to 2 hours for an orderly departure from the campus. Our advice remains that the risk to children and young people remains low. Please review the School’s In Event of Closure FAQ page.

 

Helpful Links and Information

COVID-19 National Principles for School Education: https://www.dese.gov.au/covid-19/schools/national-principles-for-school-education

The Australian Government has a dedicated COVID-19 Health Information Line, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 1800 020 080

Symptoms of COVID-19: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/symptoms-and-testing

Information on the COVIDSafe app: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covidsafe-app

 NSW Health FAQs: Do face masks protect against COVID-19? Which face masks?

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/frequently-asked-questions.aspx#2-3

The NSW Health websites provide up to date and accurate information in both English and Mandarin.

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources

NSW Health FAQs:  https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

Guidance on Home Isolation: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/hubei-contacts-and-travellers.aspx

Federal Government Guidance: https://education.govcms.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19

The World Health Organisation’s advice for the public can be found here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health offers information and advice for maintaining health and wellbeing, as well as coping with stress. Visit: https://headspace.org.au/