Return to school health and safety measures

Wednesday 7th October 2020

Dear Yarrabah Families,

We are preparing for your child’s return to onsite learning. We wanted to take the time now to advise of the precautions Yarrabah School will be implementing to provide a healthy and safe environment for students, families and staff.

  • In line with Department of Education recommendations and the advice of the Acting Deputy Chief Health officer we will NOT be conducting temperature checks upon arriving at school. Health officials are basing this change on the current level of community transmissions. Please note if community transmission of COVID-19 increases temperature checking will be re-introduced as per DET guidelines.
  • Frequent hand hygiene will be carried out by all staff and students throughout the school day. As a school we will ensure access to hand washing facilities or hand sanitiser is a priority for all classrooms and sections. We will have hand sanitiser available at all school entry points.
  • As well as the increase of progressive cleaning completed by our contracted cleaners we have also implemented a cleaning roster within classrooms and sections to ensure high touch surfaces are cleaned frequently to minimise cross infection.
  • All staff have been instructed to wear face masks as much as possible whilst at school but can remove their face mask if it inhibits their ability to deliver their lesson effectively.
  • All parents are required to wear a face mask at drop off and pick up, please note as per Government guidelines face masks are the only acceptable face covering. Face shields, bandanas and scarves are no longer deemed appropriate.
  • During pick up and drop off we ask all parents/carers to adhere to social distancing rules, we ask you do not congregate or gather on school grounds. Staff will be on duty to assist during these times.
  • If your child is unwell, they must stay home. Yarrabah School will remain vigilant insisting children return home if they are displaying signs of illness. We will do this to ensure the health and wellbeing of all staff and students is maintained.
  • If you are called to collect your child who is unwell we ask you do this in a timely manner. Your child will be supported in the sickbay, with the School Nurse or support staff until collected.
  • We will be limiting movement of staff and students across sections initially to minimise mixing of different year groups.

All staff will have access to appropriate PPE to wear whilst undertaking personal care tasks and receive education on how to correctly use PPE to avoid cross contamination.

As a school community we have worked together in the past to ensure our school remains a safe place for everyone. Working together again, we can keep our school as safe as possible for the remainder of the year.

If you would like more information about how we plan on making our school a safe place to work, learn and play please call us on 03 95800384.

Kind Regards,

Yarrabah School