This process entailed careful planning and taking ongoing action in the following areas:
Wellbeing of students, visitors and staff
Students, visitors and staff who are unwell are not to attend school in person.
Campus entry restrictions
We ask that all parents and carers to refrain from entering the campus (with the exception of those entering Early Learning to drop off or collect their child, until COB on Friday 7 August 2020).
Thank you for complying with the NSW Government’s COVID-19 regulations which can be found on the NSW Health website.
Please test and self-isolate if necessary
If your child has been in Victoria or any NSW COVID-19 hotspots or in contact with anyone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, they must not return to School until after the 14 day isolation period.
We ask that all members of our school community watch out for COVID-19 symptoms (such as fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell) and get tested immediately at any NSW Health clinic or hospital should they experience symptoms.
IGS continues to follow the latest advice from NSW Health, the NSW Government and The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC).
Staff receive regular information and training on COVID-19, including when to get tested, physical distancing and cleaning; and are aware of their leave entitlements if they are sick or required to self-isolate.
Hygiene marshalls voluntarily help keep staff, students and visitors safe on campus.
We display conditions of entry to our campus for staff, students and visitors. (website, social media, entry points)
COVID-19 Safety Plan: Physical distancing
To avoid crowding and close proximity where practicable, we assign staff to specific work locations and minimise staff movement between these locations, where reasonably practical.
We have plans and systems in place to monitor and control the numbers of staff and students on campus at any given time to allow for physical distancing.
We use flexible working arrangements where possible, such as working from home, early and late shifts to reduce peak periods.
Reception and the IT help desk have been fitted with perspex barriers and are implementing a range of controls to ensure staff, students and visitors at interaction points stay at a safe distance and are protected from cross-contamination.
We ensure staff maintain 1.5 metres physical distancing at all times from each other and from students (including at meal breaks), and ensure that students respect this distancing requirement. Staff use telephone or videoconferencing for essential meetings where practical rather than in-person meetings.
We are reviewing regular deliveries and have requested contactless delivery and invoicing where practical.
We display signage near lifts directing staff and students to maintain physical distancing wherever practical with 2 people max using a lift at a time.
– Staff only handle their own computers, book and bags where possible
– Air-conditioning is set to external airflow rather than recirculation where possible. Windows and doors in classrooms and staffrooms are open for airflow where possible.
– Gatherings outside the School gates are discouraged.
Hygiene and cleaning
Students are regularly reminded to wash their hands frequently and carefully throughout the day and to avoid hugging their classmates.
We provide hand sanitiser at multiple locations throughout the School.
We provide detergent/disinfectant surface wipes to clean workstations and equipment such as monitor, phone, keyboard and mouse.
We ensure bathrooms are well stocked with anti-bacterial hand soap and paper towels, and have posters with instructions on how to wash hands effectively.
We clean frequently used areas at least daily with detergent or disinfectant. Clean frequently touched areas and surfaces.
We maintain disinfectant solutions at an appropriate strength and use in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Staff wear gloves when cleaning and wash hands thoroughly before and after with soap and water.
We keep the names, mobile numbers or email addresses for all staff, students, visitors and contractors for a period of at least 28 days. These records are only to be used for tracing COVID-19 infections and are stored confidentially and securely.
Our staff are aware of the COVIDSafe app and the proposed benefits of the app to support contact tracing if required.
Cooperation with NSW Health
We will cooperate fully with NSW Health if contacted in relation to a positive case of COVID-19 at our School and are ready to notify SafeWork NSW on 13 10 50 if necessary.