Term 2 COVID-19 Health, Hygiene and Other Measures

Last updated: 19 May 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.

We have also introduced additional measures incorporating new 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. Anyone from your family is being tested for COVID-19
  2. You have returned from anywhere overseas or interstate
  3. You have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19
  4. You or any member of you household experiences symptoms of fever, coughing, sore throat and shortness of breath
  5. You 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 remain switched off 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.

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)  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.

(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

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)  As a general rule, events or programs that see a significant number of students, parents or community members congregating, including across year levels, will continue be postponed or cancelled until further notice*. These include:

  1. Assemblies and church services.
  2. Excursions and incursions.
  3. Sports matches and practices.
  4. Co-curricular electives.
  5. Music ensembles and choirs.
  6. School camps.
  7. Playgroup.
  8. 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

(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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  • 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 Deb Dalwood – an International Baccalaureate School – UNESCO Associated School.