April 2020

Term 2 COVID-19 Health, Hygiene and Other Measures

Last updated: 24 June 2020

To ensure that we continue to play our part in minimising the spread of COVID-19 within the school environment, the health, hygiene and other measures introduced in Term 1 will remain in place for Term 2 until further notice. Refer to our Roadmap for Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions for further information about the planned easing of restrictions, which are subject to change in accordance with Government and SA Health guidelines.

We also have in place additional measures which incorporate AHPPC advice released on 16 April, regarding reducing the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools.

These measures are as follows:

1. Health and hygiene

(a) We reiterate that it is important not to send your child to School or ELC if:

  1. Your family has returned from anywhere overseas or interstate.
  2. They have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  3. They are experiencing any symptoms of fever, coughing, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, unexplained loss of smell, or altered sense of taste.
  4. They have a fever.

View the above in flowchart format.

Students who are unwell should not come to School. Students who present as unwell during the School day will be isolated and parents contacted immediately to collect their child.

(b)  Parents of children with a current health care plan (e.g. asthma management plan) are encouraged to ensure that, if required, the plan provides additional advice on monitoring and identification of the unwell child in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

(c)  All students will continue to receive education in personal hygiene, including handwashing techniques, and coughing and sneezing etiquette. Additional posters and notices will be placed around the campus reminding staff and students of health and hygiene measures.

(d)  Teachers will continue with the practice of increasing the amount of fresh air available in classrooms by leaving doors open and opening windows where possible.

(e)  As is our usual practice, children will not be permitted to share food.

(f)  We will continue to provide advice and resources to parents on managing their child’s emotional and mental wellbeing during the pandemic, with regular information included in our parent communication, The Bell, our website and social media. Parents with concerns are encouraged to contact the School Counsellor, Donna Longden on counsellor@standrews.sa.edu.au.

(g) Our enhanced cleaning program will continue, with all ‘high-touch’ surfaces to be regularly wiped down or disinfected, including but not limited to gates, doors and door handles, playgrounds, sporting equipment, and toilets.

(h) Water fountains and bottle fillers will be switched off until the end of Term 2 to enable us to practise increased hygiene. Note that all other water, for instance the water to our basins, will remain on. Please ensure that your child brings sufficient water to school to last the school day. Water fountains and bottle fillers will be switched back on at the start of Term 3.

2. Social distancing

In its updated advice issued on 25 April, the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) clarified its position in relation to schools and social distancing measures. The AHPPC has stated it ‘does not believe that the “venue density rule” of no more than one person per four square metres is appropriate or practical in classrooms or corridors, nor maintaining 1.5 metre between students during classroom activities’.

The Prime Minister confirmed that ‘the 1.5m in classrooms and the four square metre rule is not a requirement of the expert medical advice in classrooms’ in a press conference following the National Cabinet meeting on 24 April. Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan, issued a media release confirming the revised expert medical advice.

If you have chosen to keep your children home it is imperative that they stay at home and do not mix with other families or go to public places for non-essential reasons.

3. Access to the School campus

(a) Up until the end of Term 2, families with children in Year 1, and Years 3-7 are not permitted on-site during drop-off and pick-up times, or at any point during the School day. Families with children in ELC, Reception and Year 2 are only permitted on-site as per the guidance in point 4, below.

From the start of Term 3, parents are permitted back on campus, but not in classrooms or building interiors (e.g. ELC Piazza). The exception is for parent teacher interview where teachers will invite parents inside, observing strict social distancing and hygiene protocols.

(b)  If you need to speak to a member of staff, please call or email and an appropriate meeting time will be arranged in accordance with COVID-19 protocols.

(c)  All deliveries will be redirected to the Front Office to minimise external contact points with the School.

(d)  Where possible, external contractors will not be permitted on site during term time.

(e)  Allied health professionals are still not permitted on site until further notice.

4. Staggered pick-up times

The guidelines below are in place until the end of Term 2. From Term 3, normal dismissal times will resume.

To enable a smoother pick-up after school whilst still enabling social distancing, we will be introducing staggered pick-up times which will be in place until further notice.

Please help us to make this process as easy for everyone as possible by observing the following:

  • Do not congregate outside gates and buildings and please observe 1.5m social distancing at all times.
  • Do not park and leave your car in the spaces between the overpass and the cemetery on Smith Street. These spaces will be designated for Years 3 – 7 car line pick-up only.

A member of the Leadership Team will be at each drop-off / pick-up point to ensure compliance with this measure. Please respect the social distancing protocols during drop-off and pick-up times.

Please note that ELC after school care and OSHC will operate to accommodate these changes.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time.

5. School events, excursions and other activities

(a) Until further notice, the following events, activities and programs will continue be postponed or cancelled:

  • Assemblies and church services (virtual services currently in place).
  • Excursions and incursions.
  • Sports Day Finale.
  • Open Day (tentatively rescheduled for Sunday 1 November).
  • SAPSASA events.
  • Playgroup.
  • Community events, including reunions, Parents’ Association events and other large School events (e.g. 170th Anniversary Gala Ball).

*We will be continually reviewing this measure in accordance with Government health advice, and will advise our community of any changes to this advice when appropriate. Where possible, we will be holding some events ‘virtually’ to facilitate a continued community connection. This will be advised as required.

6. Uniform shop and canteen

The guidelines below are in place until the end of Term 2. From Term 3, uniform shops will go back to normal opening hours, and the canteen will be open for over the counter sales.

(a)  Our uniform shop will continue to operate on reduced hours, and will be open for business from Friday 1 May 8:00-9:30am. Regular hours will be Fridays only 8:00-9:30am until further notice. View more information from Devon about social distancing measures. Remember that if you require uniforms you can also order and purchase online via the St Andrew’s School Online Uniform Shop.

(b) The Second Hand Uniform Shop, kindly run by volunteers from our Parents’ Association, will be open on Monday mornings from 8am–9:15am, starting Monday 18 May. To observe social distancing protocols, the process for accessing the Shop will be as follows:

  • Line up outside the serving windows of Dove Hall and maintain 1.5m distance from others.
  • As it is your turn please come to the window, one at a time, and be ready with a list of items you need in the sizes required. No holds will be available at this time.
  • Direct deposit at time of purchase only. No cash will be accepted unless absolutely necessary.
  • Please note that prices are set and non-negotiable.

(c)  The canteen will remain closed to students during break times. As was the practice in Term 1, all items usually bought from the canteen during break time will continue to be ordered through the Qkr! app. These items will then be collected by children in their lunch crate and taken to each room. Click here for instructions on how to download and use the Qkr! app.

7. Questions

If you have any questions or require clarification on any of these measures, please contact us.

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Beat boredom these school holidays

These school holidays will look a little different for most of us. Practicing social distancing and being limited in where you can go may trigger some frustrated behaviour from our children.

In order to get through these trying times, it might help to have a daily schedule so that everyone knows what to expect, including allocated times for some household duties, daily exercise and a designated time set aside for reading.

Creating some new adventures at home will help kids beat their boredom by changing up their daily routine. You can even have a little brainstorm together and see what else you can come up with. Here are a few ideas to get your started:

Virtual field trips

Children can visit places around the world without leaving their homes. Through virtual tours, they can visit other states, countries and even other planets. Some examples include: Buckingham Palace; Great Wall of China; The Statue of Liberty; The Whitehouse; Anne Frank House; and Mars.

Visit Freedom Homeschooling

More ideas for awesome virtual tours

Zoo live streams

Live stream cameras from Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Zoo allow you to watch your favourite animals.

Adelaide Zoo allows us to hang out with Wang Wang and Funi.

Free audiobooks

Free stories for all ages can be streamed on desktops, laptops and tablets and available in six different languages from Audible.

P.E. with Joe

This is an online daily fitness class that leads children through 30 minutes of jumping jacks, mountain climbers and other sweat-inducing moves.

Try P.E. with Joe and other family workouts with Joe Wicks


Start a vegetable garden or get children to grow seedlings in an egg carton with a how to from PBS.org.

Enjoy a movie night under the stars

Watching adventure movies and documentaries is a great way to while away a few hours. It’s also one of the best ways to get inspired for your next challenge, getaway or outdoor endeavour. Make an evening of it by setting up your TV, laptop or projector out in your backyard. Get the corn popping, bring out your warmest sleeping bag and enjoy getting inspired under the stars.

Cook your dinner over a campfire

You don’t need to be out in the wild to enjoy outdoor cooking. In fact, campfire cooking in your backyard means you can try new recipes and cooking methods without too much prior planning. If you’re worried about ruining precious food supplies then why not just try making some bread on a stick? It’s fun, uses very few ingredients and it’s very difficult to get it wrong. The kids will love making it, too.

Here’s how to make campfire damper, and a few more camping recipes to try.

Camp in your backyard

Avoid cabin fever by getting outside and setting up camp in your own backyard. Do it properly (pack some snacks, organise your camp kitchen, get your stove out, bring all the essentials etc) and you’ll not only fill lots of time getting things organised, but you’ll also feel like you’re going on a mini adventure. Even one night out of the house will do you the world of good. If you enjoy it then why not make it a weekly ‘trip’? The kids will love it and having something to look forward to will do you all good.

Other school holiday activity ideas include cooking, a scavenger hunt, indoor fort, board games and brain games, family tree searches and a paper aeroplane competition.

Planning activities for children at home is a fun way to break up their day. Keep in mind that you don’t need to completely fill their day, or come up with all the ideas to keep your children busy. A little imagination can go a long way.

Happy holidays. Please don’t hesitate to share your ideas with us by email.

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  • St Andrew’s School is a South Australian independent, co-educational specialist primary school providing excellence in education from playgroup through to early years and on to Year 7. Principal Jackie Becher – an International Baccalaureate School – UNESCO Associated School.