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Student temperature checking Term 3

Saturday 11th July 2020


Dear Parents, Carers, Guardians and the school community,

On Thursday the Victorian Chief Health Officer provided updated advice that recommends schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire check the temperature of all students before allowing entry to the school premises.

As a result, we have developed procedures to facilitate this as of Monday 13 July. Please note the following arrangements:

  • School gates will be opened for students in Primary (23 Mill Street entrance) from 9.10am and 8.50am in Secondary (Browns Lane entrance). Students are to arrive from these times. Student who have been provided special consideration will need to be temperature checked before the family drops the child off.
  • Students and families will be expected to maintain social distancing as they queue for checking and to sanitise their hands before entering the school grounds.
  • Any student arriving after gates have closed must contact admin (03 9580 0384), wait at the gate and be temperature checked by designated staff.
  • Any student whose test result indicates a temperature above 37.5 degrees will be given a face mask to wear (if possible) then supported by a staff member and family member to a designated area within the Primary area and Secondary area, wait for 15 minutes and then undertake a second temperature check by the school nurse. If this test is above 37.5 degrees their parent/carer will be required to take them home or collect them. The student will not be allowed to enter the classroom.
  • Students will find testing tables set up at the two gates, social distancing markers on the ground and see staff conducting the checks wearing full PPE - gown, gloves, face mask or face shield.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available for all upon entry.

We understand that this may be confronting to students, however, what is of the greatest importance is the safety and wellbeing of our community. I ask that you please discuss these arrangements with your child along with the Social Story being provided to help reassure your son or daughter that the measures are for the wellbeing of all.  

Kind Regards,

Matthew Harris
Yarrabah School

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