IGS COVID Safe

IGS is officially registered with the NSW Government as a COVID Safe business.

Watch for symptoms

Students and staff who are unwell must undertake a PCR or RAT test. Anyone with a positive result must follow NSW Health Guidelines.

Vaccinations

All IGS staff have received at least two doses of COVID-19 vaccinations. NSW Health strongly encourages parents to ensure their children are up to date with all vaccinations.

COVID-19 positive cases and the latest self-isolation requirements

Students, staff and visitors to IGS who have tested positive to COVID must complete five days of isolation from the date they tested positive, and be symptom-free before returning to or entering School.

If symptoms remain after Day 5, they must follow NSW Health guidelines to self isolate, and undertake Rapid Antigen Testing and return a negative result before attending school on Days 6 and 7. They must wear a mask on Days 6 and 7 when attending school if they are aged 12 and over.

At IGS, we implement the strong recommendation of NSW Health that staff, students and visitors who have tested positive wear a mask after they leave self-isolation until 10 days after their positive test was taken. 

What are the rules for household and close contacts?

Students, staff and visitors who are household and close contacts of people who have tested positive to COVID must continue to follow NSW Health Household and Close Contact Guidelines

Please contact Deputy Principal Wellbeing Mary Duma if your child tests positive to COVID or if you would like to discuss any of these requirements. 

Ventilation

Fresh air is the most effective form of ventilation to minimise the risk of transmission. All learning spaces at IGS have been checked to ensure appropriate levels of ventilation and air purifiers have been provided where needed.

Use of outdoor spaces will continue to be encouraged.

Masks

Wearing a mask in crowded places helps protect everyone in our community and especially those who are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and flu.

While we know that the pandemic is not over, as NSW Health predicted, the current wave of transmission in NSW, driven by the BA.4 and BA.5 COVID-19 subvariants, appears to have peaked.

In that context and with the warmer Spring weather arriving, from Monday 12 September, masks are optional and encouraged at IGS, rather than mandatory.

We anticipate that most staff and many students will continue to wear masks, but with case numbers at IGS and in the community coming down, we believe it is time to carefully and cautiously adjust our COVID response while closely monitoring the situation.

On some occasions, masks will still be required for students, staff and parents. These include the Year 12 Graduation Ceremony and Dinner.

Students over the age of 12 who are a household or close contact of someone who has tested positive to COVID-19, must also wear a face mask in indoor settings other than their own home. This includes attending school at IGS.

All people in NSW over the age of 12 are required to wear a face mask:  

  • at a public hospital or private health facility (including private hospitals and day procedure centres)

  • in residential care facilities or hostels

  • on public transport and public transport waiting areas (including in taxis and rideshare services)

  • in a cruise terminal.

Activities

COVID-19 is considered in all risk assessments and appropriate safeguards are applied across a range of activities.

Parents are made aware of the risk of exposure to the virus and are required to give their permission for their child to participate in extra-curricular and off-site activities as well as out of school hours care (OSHC).

Student cohorting

IGS will continue to consider timetabling to minimise the risk of exposure to COVID-19, including staggered drop-off, collection, breaks and playground and canteen access. Cohorts may be based on classes, years or stages.

Visitors

During regular school hours, visitors on school sites will be kept to a minimum to support essential school activities and student needs. Visitors must wear a mask at all times. They must sign in using the school QR code.

IGS ONGOING COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN:

Physical distancing

To avoid crowding and close proximity where possible, we assign staff to specific work locations and minimise staff movement between these locations. 

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, and early and late shifts, to reduce peak periods.

Reception and the IT help desk have been fitted with perspex barriers and implement a range of controls to minimise the risk of potential exposure to the virus when interacting with others.

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 lift usage limited to two people at a time.

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 in all classrooms and staff rooms and at multiple locations throughout the School.

We provide detergent/disinfectant surface wipes to clean workstations and equipment such as monitors, phones and keyboards.

We ensure bathrooms are well stocked with anti-bacterial hand soap and paper towels, and display posters with instructions on how to wash hands effectively.

We clean frequently-used areas throughout the school day with detergent or disinfectant.

We use disinfectant solutions in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and at an appropriate strength.

Other measures
  • Staff handle only their own computers, books and bags where possible.
  • Air-conditioning is set to allow fresh air rather than recirculation where possible.
  • Windows and doors in classrooms and staff rooms are open for airflow where possible. 
  • Gathering at the School gates is discouraged. 

IGS regularly communicates with parents about the presence and impact of COVID-19 in our community, including year groups or cohorts who may be impacted.

View information for families from the NSW Government.