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Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Updates

12/05/2020

The Premier has announced that from Monday 11 May, 2020, students in Kindy, Prep, Year 1, Year 11 and Year 12 will be able to return to their school. We will therefore resume regular teaching and learning for students in Year 11 and Year 12 from Monday 11 May as part of a phased return to school. We will return to normal timetabled lessons for all students in Year 11 and Year 12. We will, however, continue with the current arrangements of remote learning for students in Prep to Year 10 for the time being. The College will continue to provide supervision at school for students of families for whom remaining at home is not an option. This includes students in Prep and Year 1. We recently conducted a survey of our remote learning model with students, staff and parents with the results of this survey being delivered to us on Friday this week. A decision regarding the return to normal teaching and learning for Prep to Year 10 students will be made after we have reviewed the feedback provided by you in this survey.
 

The College buses will resume operating from Monday 11 May and the tuckshop will be open. The classroom spaces, toilets and common areas being utilised will be thoroughly cleaned each day and we will be doing our utmost to ensure social distancing and good hygiene practices are being adhered to by students and staff. To ensure compliance with social distancing measures, we ask that you not congregate in areas around the school (e.g. before or after school in the car park/outside classrooms). All persons entering and leaving the school grounds should maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from each other. We also remind you that if your child is unwell they are not to attend school. In accordance with Queensland Health Directions parents or carers of any child showing signs of illness will be asked to collect them immediately from the school. It is recognised that some parents of Year 11 and Year 12 students may still wish to keep their children home from school due to concerns about COVID-19. This is an acceptable decision and your child won’t be marked as being absent, rather that they are learning from home. It is important for parents to advise the school of student absence as you would normally do, and discuss any support you may need.
 

To continue to assist us with our planning, we ask parents of students in Prep to Year 10 to advise us if they intend to send their children to school to be supervised. This can be done by sending an email to our dedicated email covid-19@kimberley.college including your child(ren)’s name(s), class and the
days they will be attending.

The College will continue to be guided by decisions from Government and Health Authorities as we navigate these turbulent waters. We are very mindful of the significance of the decisions that are being made and the disruption it may cause for some families. The Board of Directors and College Leadership have at all times considered our main priority which is the health and wellbeing of the College students, teachers and families and, consequently, the broader community due to the possible impact on our health system.

 

Our staff have greatly appreciated all the positive feedback that has been provided to them over the last few weeks. My sincere thanks goes to all parents and carers for your support and understanding during these challenging times.

We encourage parents and caregivers to carry on using the College’s dedicated email address – covid-19@kimberley.college – if you have any questions.

On the 20th of March, It was resolved that the College will, at the end of the school day on Monday 23 March,commence a rolling suspension of face-to-face teaching of curriculum and move to a remote learning model of delivery for all students. Remote learning will commence for each of the individual sub- schools as follows next week:

 

SENIOR SCHOOL STUDENTS (Years 10-12): Tuesday 24 March*
PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS (Prep-Year 6): Wednesday 25 March
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS (Years 7-9): Thursday 26 March


* Unless government-instructed school closures are put in place beforehand, some Year 12 students may be required to attend school to complete subject-specific exams during this period of remote learning but they will be few in number, social distancing and cleaning measures will be firmly in place, and students, wherever possible, will be required to return home at the conclusion of each exam.

 

The College recognises that it may not be possible for parents and families to keep their children at home so, for the time being, we will supervise students at school for whom remaining at home is not an option. . The majority of our staff will continue to work onsite during this period and will either be delivering online lessons, supervising students, or planning virtual curriculum in their teams.

 

In the coming days you will receive further correspondence relating to this decision including a guide for parents on Kimberley College’s approach to remote learning and teaching. It will include information on how this will operate and how you can support your children with their education whilst they are at home. Similar sub-school specific guides are being prepared for primary, middle and senior students and staff.
 

By being proactive, this action is anticipated to decrease the chance of infection and, therefore, the rate of spread of the virus amongst the community. It will also allow us to better support the ongoing learning needs of our whole school community. 

For this to be effective, students must practise social distancing by staying at home and engaging in their learning in a timeframe that mirrors their current school timetable, where applicable.

 

The College will continue to be guided by decisions from Government and Health Authorities and may need to progress to a full closure of the school at some future time if directed to as part of a wider strategy to manage the spread of COVID-19.
 

In the meantime, we invite parents and caregivers to contact us at the College’s dedicated email
address – covid-19@kimberley.college – if you have questions about your own personal situation thathave not been addressed in the above letter or in the forthcoming procedural documents relating to remote learning.

16/03/2020

 

If you have been overseas in the last 14 days and are feeling unwell, call your doctor immediately.

From Monday 16 March, if you have been overseas,  you need to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date you left the overseas country.

 

You must also self-quarantine if you have been in close contact with someone who already has coronavirus (COVID-19).

While you’re self-quarantining, if you start to feel unwell and develop any symptoms at all, but especially a fever or shortness of breath, a cough or a respiratory illness, you should seek immediate medical attention. Call ahead to your GP and tell them your travel history so they can prepare for your visit.

 

Kimberley College Update 

 

All offsite tours and excursions have either been cancelled or temporarily postponed until further notice. This includes the following upcoming events: South East Queensland School Futsal Titles, Primary Cross Country and Beenleigh Districts Cross Country, District Basketball Tournament, Year 10 Camp, Year 12 Formal, Golf, and Thursday Extras (offsite programs will happen onsite instead). 

 

The College will support students and parents who choose to keep their children home during this process and teachers will provide, where possible, work for them to complete outside of school under the direction of their parents. However, at this stage, unless the school were to close, the College will not be providing teacher directed learning via video feed to students who remain at home due to parent or family choices.

 

- Students and teachers are reminded to stay at home if they present any flu-like symptoms and provide a medical certificate as per any lengthy absence from school.

 

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12/03/2020

The health and safety of all Kimberley College students, parents, staff and the wider community is at the heart of all decisions made by Kimberley College. Kimberley College's response strategies are informed by the National Emergency response plans and regular updates from Queensland Health. With this in mind, we have developed a COVID-19 online resource to provide helpful information in caring for your family and our Kimberley College community, and to outline some of the precautionary measures we will be taking.

 

Prevention 

COVID-19 infections are transmitted in a manner similar to many cases of flu and respiratory illnesses, through droplets in the air from a cough or sneeze. Increased awareness and practice of the following precautions, by both adults and students, is strongly advised.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, and after touching public surfaces. If this is not possible, then use a hand sanitiser gel.

  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze by using a tissue that you immediately throw into a bin or by covering your face with your elbow (bent arm) if no tissue is available. Do not cough or sneeze into the open air or into your hands. Wash your hands immediately afterward.

  • In public places, put distance (about 1.5 meters where possible) between you and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

  • Students, staff and parents who are symptomatic of illness are encouraged to remain home until symptoms, including but not limited to coughing, sneezing, runny nose or fever, subside. Teachers will work with students to ensure every effort is made to minimise the academic impact.

 

Increased School Hygiene Measures

  • Signs will be affixed in bathrooms to encourage hand-washing, and posters will be posted around the College to make sure everyone remembers to practice good hand hygiene and illness prevention measures.

  • Hand sanitiser stations will be placed throughout the College in academic teaching spaces. 

  • Kimberley College bus services will also be disinfecting regularly in between trips with a concentrated clean at the end of the day. Students are encouraged to wash their hands after using any College bus service.

  • Students will be encouraged to bring and use their own water bottles at school.

 

Overseas Travel over Holidays

 

As we approach the school holidays at Easter there will be students, their families and staff who may be planning to travel overseas at this time. In this rapidly changing environment, please be aware that Government advice on overseas travel may change by the time the school holidays arrive. The Australian Government’s DO Not Travel list on Smart Traveller will have the latest advice.

 

As a prevention and to ensure the ongoing safety of all our students and staff, we ask that you let the College know if you are planning any overseas travel in the foreseeable future including the upcoming school holidays. 

Can you please notify the College by emailing covid-19@kimberley.college 

 

School Procedure

 

If students present with a fever, parents will be contacted and students sent home. Students are required to stay at home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without medication. Each individual case of illness will need to be evaluated to ensure the health and safety of students, staff and volunteers, and we have asked our College nurse to use her judgment should a child exhibit symptoms she deems concerning, even in the absence of a fever.

  • In the unusual event that a child or staff member is identified to have travelled to an area experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 and has symptoms of respiratory illness (such as fever and cough), that person will be sent home and required to immediately seek medical assistance.

 

Event of School Closure 

We are working on a contingency plan to allow Kimberley College to continue to educate our students in the event of school closures or any other impediment to the daily running of the College.

 

COVID-19 Online Resources, Fact Sheets and FAQ documents

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