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COVID-19 Update – A special message from the Principal for Parents and Carers
Dear Parents and Carers
I am writing to you regarding the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Queensland Health and the Australian Department of Health are working tirelessly to manage and contain the impact of this virus for Australians and Queenslanders alike. They are regularly updating travel advice (https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/) as new information emerges.
Townsville Catholic Education (TCE) continues to work closely with the Queensland Catholic Education Commission and the relevant state authorities, including Queensland Health, to monitor the situation and identify and manage any impacts on schools. You can be assured that we have been preparing and stand ready to act should the need arise.
As at 12 March, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has now declared this matter a pandemic.
I wanted to also provide you with some more information about the approach that our school might need to take if a COVID-19 case is identified in our school.
If a case is identified in our school, we will work closely with relevant authorities, including Queensland Health, in managing our response and our actions will be taken with community health at the centre of our decision making.
If there is a confirmed case at our school, it is possible our school may need to close for a period to allow Queensland Health to assess the situation and to perform contact tracing as required to identify people, staff and students who may have come in contact with the COVID-19 case. You may have already seen this happening in other states where confirmed cases have been identified.
If this occurs, we will also consider specialised cleaning of our facilities as required to ensure our school is safe for students and staff to return when clearance is given. A closure is likely to include any on-site services such as outside school hours care (OSHC) and other facility hirers.
Continuity of learning is extremely important to us and, as in other disaster and emergency events, we have options available to facilitate online learning to support your child’s learning. The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) also has procedures in place to support senior secondary students.
If your child develops flu-like symptoms, please:
It is also important to continue to encourage your children to:
If your child presents at school displaying these symptoms, staff have been instructed to send that student to the office where we will contact you to come to collect your child. We will then encourage you to seek medical advice.
Further advice and information about the coronavirus is available on the Queensland Health website: http://conditions.health.qld.gov.au/HealthCondition/condition/14/217/838/novel-coronavirus
As a community, during this preparation phase, it may be timely for families to consider their own family and care arrangements should school closure be necessary.
Family and student travel
If you have any personal plans for family travel in the coming weeks, particularly over Easter and school holidays and particularly to overseas destinations, I invite you to inform me of these plans. It is important that you make decisions regarding such travel considering all current advice available from Queensland Health and other authorities with respect to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Of significance, if you choose to continue with your travel plans you need to be mindful that on your return you may be subject to a period of self-isolation. Should this occur, given the information available, your child may not be able to return to school and may need to be absent during a period of self-isolation.
Again, while you can be reassured that authorities are taking all necessary measures to contain COVID-19, it is important for me to keep information flowing to parents and carers to ensure we are all informed and prepared as a community, should this public health issue come into our school.
I understand our families remain alert to the potential spread of the virus and how it may impact our school community. I would like to reassure you that the health and well-being of your children, our students, remains our number one priority.
TCE have created a webpage with information and important links that can be accessed from the TCEO website at https://www.tsv.catholic.edu.au/. I encourage you to consider accessing this also.
I thank you for your support in managing this event and supporting student awareness of the additional need for strong health and hygiene practices.
Principal: Miss Kath Tarttelin
P: (07) 4760 6900
F: (07) 4774 3489
Absent Line: (07) 4760 6999