Guidelines from NSW Health deem it necessary for all students with flu-like symptoms to be tested for COVID-19 and for the test to come back as negative before students return to school. Parents are advised that they can notify the school of a negative result by emailing the school at contactus@inaburra.nsw.edu.au.

We ask that you continue to check the current NSW Government COVID-19 news and updates on hotspot areas and public health orders.

We encourage families to refer to this page as the authoritative source of truth regarding Inaburra School’s response to the COVID-19 situation. It will continue to be updated as new information comes to hand.

UPDATED COVID-19 GUIDELINES FOR TERM 1 2021

UPDATED:  Thursday 21 January 2021

On 18 January 2021, the Dept of Health Covid19 Guidelines for Term 1 were sent out to schools. Many of these guidelines are similar to what they were last year but there are some significant changes which represent relaxations of some of the guidelines from 2020.

Students who are unwell

First, parents and carers should continue to keep children home if they are feeling unwell, even with the mildest of symptoms. Students must return a negative COVID-19 test and be free of symptoms before returning to school.

Parents coming onsite

Second, there are guidelines for parents coming onsite which are slightly different. Parents and carers will be able to enter the school for a number of different reasons. These reasons are:

  1. Attending the uniform shop (Appointments must still be booked prior to attending the shop. Book at com/inaburra-uniform-shop
  2. Meeting with school staff
  3. Attending parent orientation meetings
  4. Gatherings at school are limited to 30 people in the Greater Sydney area and restricted to one hour in duration. This will mean that parent-teacher evenings will be conducted online. P&F meetings, however, can occur onsite after school hours.
Guidelines around the type of activities that can proceed in 2021
  1. Field trips, excursions and camps can take place. However, staff residing and working in the Greater Sydney area have been asked not to travel to regional areas where possible. Given this guideline, it will not be possible for us to run Global Education trips in 2021.
  2. Swimming and other sporting carnivals can proceed (with limitations relating to parent attendance).
  3. Placement tests, school performances and other major school events can be planned with a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place.
  4. Staff and students are not required to wear masks at school but are permitted to wear their own mask if they choose. However, students over the age of 12 travelling by public transport to and from school will need to wear masks in accordance with current guidelines for the general public.

One other change in 2021 is that we will not be checking temperatures of students as they arrive at school. However, there will be sanitising stations at the front and back gates for students to use as they arrive at school. Students will continue to be encouraged to sanitise their hands regularly during the day.

HELPFUL LINKS AND INFORMATION

The links below are very helpful. In particular, the NSW Health websites provide up to date and accurate information.

The Department of Health has posted several publications here:
https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources

NSW Health FAQs:
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

Guidance on Home Isolation:
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/hubei-contacts-and-travellers.aspx

Federal Government Guidance:
https://education.govcms.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19

The World Health Organisation’s advice for the public can be found here:
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

The Australian Government has a dedicated COVID-19 Health Information Line, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 1800 020 080