Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Updates

06/07/2022

The health and wellbeing of Kimberley College students, families, staff, and the community is foremost in all decisions made by the College.  We have produced this COVID-19 online resource to provide you with up-to-date information. 

 

COVID-19 Online Resources, Fact Sheets and FAQ documents

 

Culture of Precaution

 

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. Commons symptoms include fever (37.5 degrees or more​) ​and sore throat. Parents, visitors and contractors are required to sign in, complete a COVID-19 health screening survey and have their temperature taken before coming on campus. For any members of the community with a temperature of 37.5 degrees or more, they will be asked to leave the College immediately for the safety of our community. 

We ask our students to have increased awareness and practice of the following hygiene precautions:

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

  • Surfaces and high touchpoints are cleaned regularly by JPC staff to reduce the risk of infection. 

  • 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 with soap and water, immediately afterwards for a minimum of 20 seconds. 

  • In the College, social distancing (1.5m) is to be adhered to by adults. This standard will also be adopted where practical between other community members.

  • If you have not already done so, please consider getting a flu shot. The flu is an ongoing concern and will become more prevalent as we change seasons.

  • If your child is unwell, please keep them home. 

  • For children who develop flu/COVID-19 like symptoms, please:

    • ​keep them at home

    • avoid close contact with others such as touching, kissing or hugging, or any mass gatherings 

    • see a doctor or contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) immediately

    • call ahead to the medical centre or doctor’s surgery, advising of your child’s symptoms

    • do not return to the College until well i.e. no longer symptomatic or until a medical clearance confirming their fitness to return to campus is made available to the College.  

Self-Quarantine

Unwell students must remain at home and seek medical advice before returning to school. Any unwell children will be sent home.

 

If your child has taken a COVID-19 test, please advise the school and the student must remain at home until they receive a negative result.

College Policies

At this time, our current policy remains in place – a student will be sent home if unwell. Students exhibiting a fever will be required to stay at home.  Each individual case of illness will need to be evaluated to ensure the health and safety of students and staff, and our First Aid Officer to use her judgment should a child exhibit symptoms they deem concerning, even in the absence of a fever.