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NSW Health Level 4 Restrictions For Schools

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The delta strain of the COVID-19 virus requires a different response to previous outbreaks, and until most of our population is vaccinated, we cannot live as freely as we would like to.

Given the ongoing cases of community transmission, and following updated health advice, the current lockdown will be extended for another week until 11:59pm on Friday, 30 July. The same restrictions currently in place across both Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour and regional NSW will remain in place until this time.

NSW Health have developed a 4 Level framework for COVID-19 response settings for schools. The levels in this framework will be applied by NSW Health based on the risk in geographical locations e.g., LGAs, Greater Sydney and regional areas. Schools in Greater Sydney have moved to Level 4 restrictions.

As a result, learning will be online for students in Greater Sydney from Tuesday, 13 July.

Based on updated health advice, several changes will be made from Monday, 19 July 2021 to further limit the spread of the COVID-19 Delta strain.

Residents of Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool LGAs are currently subject to additional restrictions. Details of these areas can be found here. In the interests of keeping the wider School community safe, boys from these LGAs will only be able to attend school-based supervision if parents / caregivers are authorised workers according to the NSW Government. In the interests of protecting the health and safety of the community, all families are still encouraged to keep their children at home wherever possible.

School Actions Remote Learning (Learning from home)

All students will undertake remote learning from Tuesday, 13th of July.

All necessary information regarding remote learning can be accessed from the MyPortal.

All non-core curriculum related activities will cease on school site.

This means no sport, activities, music (including instrumental tuition) or community activities will take place.

School-Based Supervision Arrangements

All parents are expected to monitor the NSW Health Website for locations where there may have been exposure to COVID-19 and adhere to the advice as appropriate. Students must not attend school if unwell, even with mild symptoms of COVID-19. Any person with any COVID-19 symptoms will be sent home and must not return until they have received a negative test result and are symptom-free.

School-based supervision

In accordance with the Premier’s direction, the School will provide supervision for boys who need it during normal school hours, while we are in the remote learning mode.

Students who are coming to School for supervision should assemble around the Quad (Middle/Senior School) or in lines (Preparatory/Junior School) at the usual times; directions will be given from there. Protocols around social distancing and hygiene will be observed and reinforced.

Students must not be sent to the School for supervision if they are unwell.

If you are an essential worker and need your son to attend school, please enter your son’s details on the form (found on the MyPortal) to help us plan the lock-down period. If you have more than one child at Trinity, you will need to complete the form for each son.

Masks and Face Coverings

While at School, masks or face coverings are required in all indoor settings for:

  • all students in Year 7 or above.
  • all staff in school settings.

Some exemptions apply:

Staff are not required to wear a mask or face covering where it may affect the ability of a student or students to hear or engage with them, such as where clear enunciation and communication is essential.

In line with NSW Health advice, early childhood staff are exempt from wearing face masks when they are working directly with children. However, staff are recommended to wear masks or face coverings indoors.

Masks or face coverings are not required to be worn by a staff member or student who has a physical or mental health illness or condition, or a disability, that makes wearing a mask unsuitable. For example, if they have a skin condition, an intellectual disability, autism, or trauma, they are not required to wear a mask. Refer to Face mask rules on the NSW Government website.

Masks or face Coverings are mandatory on public transport. This applies to students aged 13 years and over, and staff when travelling to and from school and during school excursions by public transport or by chartered or private transport services.

HSC and IB Practical Subjects – UPDATED 22 JULY 2021

Students will be supported to attend schools to progress Major Works where this is possible under the NSW Health guidelines and NESA advice. Details will be communicated to these students by the Head of Department for their subject. Students who attend will be required to adhere to strict COVID safe practices, including signing in and out through students services, physical distancing and wearing a mask or face covering.

School buses

School buses in the morning and afternoon will not be operating.

Drop Off and Pick Up

Parents are not to exit vehicles at drop off and pick up or enter the School Campus via pedestrian gates. (There is an exception for OOSH Club Drop of and Pick up – See Below)

  • Drop Off and Pick Up is to take place in the Jubilee Car Park for Summer Hill Campus.
  • Drop Off and Pick Up is to take place on Llandilo Ave for the Strathfield Campus.
  • NSW health have directed that non-essential visitors are not permitted on school sites.
  • Parent access to the School for appointments will only be through campus receptions.

Campus contact details below:

To make an appointment please call Summer Hill Campus on phone number 9581 6000 or Strathfield Campus on phone number 8732 4600.

Student possessions

Students who need to come to school to pick up possessions or equipment for remote learning should sign in and out at Student Services (Middle / Senior School) arriving or departing the campus.

Special arrangements will be made for Preparatory and Junior School families who will need to collect equipment for remote learning.

Cafeteria / Canteen

The Cafeteria / Canteen will be closed.

OOSH Club

OOSH club will continue to operate at the Preparatory and Junior Schools, with additional sign in and out procedures, using the Service NSW QR Code.

Uniform Shop

The Midford Uniform shop will be closed. Online ordering, including a courier delivery to homes option, will be available. No click and collect will be available this week.

Useful Links

NSW Health Case locations and Alerts

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/case-locations-and-alerts.aspx

NSW Health Education COVID 19

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

Cyber safe families

The following resources are available to assist families to support their children in being responsible online users:

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/