Term 2 Settings Update 27 April 2022

Masks will no longer be required indoors for staff, volunteers or visitors in primary schools. Please note that any student, parent, staff member or visitor who would like to wear a mask can continue to do so.

Feeling unwell

Please remember that staff and students are not to attend school if unwell, even with the mildest of symptoms. They must stay at home and get tested with either a PCR (nose and throat) or RHAT (rapid home antigen test). If symptoms continue, your child should stay at home and take another PCR/RHAT within 24 hours. If the test is negative, your child may return to school.

COVID-19 Positive Cases

If your child has no symptoms and there is a positive case in their class, year, or other grouping, they can continue to attend school in line with NSW Health advice.

Staff and students who get a positive test result, must register it on service.nsw.gov.au or the Service NSW app and tell the school as soon as possible.

As of Friday 22nd April, NSW Government announced changes to rules for households and close contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case. Please visit the NSW Government site for the latest information on household and close contact guidelines.

Catholic Schools Broken Bay will be following these guidelines allowing close contacts to attend school and we will be applying recommended safety measures. Close contacts should advise their school that they are close contacts and undertake daily Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT). Staff and secondary students who are close contacts will be required to wear masks indoors and primary students will be encouraged to do so.

There are no changes to the advice for people who test positive to COVID-19.

Vaccinations

All staff on school sites are fully vaccinated. We strongly encourage all students and families to be vaccinated. Children 5-11 years of age can now get vaccinated.

Ventilation

Fresh air is the most effective form of ventilation to minimise risk of transmission. Where there is no natural ventilation, schools will use mechanical ventilation to maximise fresh airflow in learning spaces. Using outdoor spaces will continue to be encouraged.

Additional information for Assisted Travel School Officers

Drivers and Assisted Travel School Officers will be ensuring adequate ventilation is provided in vehicles through a combination of window and air-conditioning use.

Hygiene and cleaning 

Students and staff are encouraged to wash or sanitise their hands regularly.

Schools will continue to use enhanced cleaning processes. Target areas include high-touch areas, hard surfaces, door handles, lockers, light switches and handrails in stairways and areas where students and staff move through regularly.