Dear Parents and Guardians
How things change in 24 … 12 hours … 6 hours!
As concerns about Coronavirus rise, Kingsley Park has made some decisions in line with advice from the Department of Education and Training and the Department of Health and Human Services. In the current climate of uncertainty, we want to err on the side of caution.
To date, our school has not been advised of any known cases of coronavirus and business will continue as usual. There is no immediate threat to our school community though there is the possibility of the virus becoming more widespread in the future. In the event that this may lead to school closures, we will ensure as much class learning time as possible for students and possibly postpone some upcoming events.
Luckily, it is nearing the end of term so most whole school events have already been held. The Government has banned public events of more than 500 people so our upcoming Student Leadership Conference scheduled for Tuesday next week will now be postponed until further notice. Mt Erin have also had to postpone their Parent Information evening scheduled for Thursday 19th March and their Year 6 Challenge Day on Wednesday 18th March. We will re-assess on a daily basis and as needs arise for our future events.
Should I be notified that a person from our school has a confirmed case of Coronavirus, I will notify families immediately, following the advice below;
School Closures – Based on advice from DHHS, when there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 among a student or staff member, Victoria’s Chief health Officer will recommend an affected school’s closure for 24 hours. If this occurs, DHHS will work with DET and staff and students will be advised to stay home and self-isolate for 24 hours. This closure will support school and health officials to work through a contact and containment strategy, including decisions about extending the closure period.
The decisions made are with the health and safety of all students, staff and community members at the forefront of our minds and we thank you for your support.
Please remember that good hygiene practices are the most effective means of minimising the spread of any virus and as always, we encourage students to regularly wash their hands with soap, particularly before eating and after returning from outside play. Students are welcome to bring hand sanitiser in their school bags for personal use as an extra precautionary measure if they wish.
We will continue to update our school community as any further information comes to hand. In the meantime, school continues as normal. Please enjoy your weekend.