COVID-19 Update (Coronavirus)
20/03/2020

16/03/2020

Dear Quarry Hill Community,
As you would be aware, information is changing daily about Australia's response to COVID-19. Overnight I received the following information:
  • No camps or excursions can commence from Tuesday March 17th.   For our school, this will mean the cancellation of the following events:- All camps, cross country, gymnastics, the Gruffalo excursion, GRIP Leadership program, AusKick clinic, Athletics, all division, district and regional sporting events and the School Production.  We are aware that refunds will need to be made. Narelle will be in contact outlining what is required. I thank you in advance for your patience.  We will get this done as soon as possible.
  • Everyone arriving into Australia from overseas from midnight Sunday night (15 March) will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. This obviously includes students and staff who may be returning from overseas excursions or other travel. Importantly, it also includes parents and carers and any other relatives or friends of students who are returning from overseas travel. As they are required to self-isolate, they must not visit the school to pick up children or for any other reason.
  • In addition, in response to the New Zealand Government’s travel restrictions announced over the weekend, staff and students can no longer travel to New Zealand. This is effective from Sunday 15 March 2020 as well.
  • No government school is currently closed or in the process of being closed. I will be informed directly if there is any prospect that our school will be closed, either as a stand-alone school closure or as part of a local or area-based closure. I will then be provided with detailed advice to support our community through that process.
  • Good hygiene practices continue to be important. It is vital that we all pay extra attention to improving our health and hygiene measures.  Please support the careful and frequent washing of hands with soap and water, and encourage children to cough into a tissue or into their elbows.
To minimise large gatherings of people, we will not have an assembly for the remainder of the term. This will mean that the Easter Raffle will be drawn in the office on Friday March 27th at 9.00am and the first 10 prize winners will be announced over the PA.

We are also looking to reschedule our School Photo Day from April 20th to another time in Term 3.  Once we have confirmation, this date will be shared with you.

It is important that if your child is feeling unwell, please err on the side of caution.  We have people in our school community that are vulnerable and are at greater risk.  The children are more likely to come through it but it will be their contact with the elderly and those who are immunocompromised that may be of greater concern.

I thank you for your understanding in this ever-changing environment. I will keep you updated with any further changes. Please note that a hardcopy of this information will come home tonight.
 
Kind regards
 

Jo