IGS COVID Safe

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

Watch for symptoms

Staff, students and visitors with even mild symptoms must not enter the school grounds.

Students and staff who are not well must undertake a PCR or RAT test. Anyone with a positive RAT result must follow NSW Health isolation guidelines.

Vaccinations

All school staff are fully vaccinated. Children from 5 years old can now get vaccinated and are encouraged to do so. Any visitor entering school grounds must provide evidence of their vaccination status.

Testing

All IGS staff and students in Primary and High School are to take a Rapid Antigen Home Test (RAHT) and get a negative result before attending school at the start of Term 2.

RAHT tests have been provided to all Primary and High School families and staff of the school.

COVID-19 positive cases

If a 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 rapid antigen test result must register it at service.nsw.gov.au or the Service NSW app as soon as possible.

Staff and students who receive a positive rapid antigen home test (RAHT) or PCR test result must also let Deputy Principal Wellbeing Mary Duma know on maryd@igssyd.nsw.edu.au, as soon as possible, and follow NSW Health advice.

IGS will regularly communicate to parents about the presence and impact of COVID-19 in our community. Parents should expect to be provided with details of any impacted year groups or cohorts.

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.

Using outdoor spaces will continue to be encouraged.

Masks
  • All IGS school staff are required to wear masks indoors.
  • No vented masks or cloth masks should be worn.
  • Secondary school students are required to wear masks.
  • Primary school students are strongly recommended to wear well-fitted masks indoors.

Masks or face coverings are not required to be worn by a staff member or student who has a physical or mental health illness or condition, or disability, that makes wearing a mask unsuitable. For example, if they have a skin condition, an intellectual disability, autism, or trauma, they are not required to wear a mask. Refer to NSW Government Face Mask Rules.

Masks are mandatory on public transport. This applies to students aged 13 years and over, and staff when travelling to and from school and during school excursions by public transport or by chartered or private transport services.

Activities

COVID-19 will be considered in all risk assessments. Appropriate safeguards will be applied across a range of activities. Parents will be made aware of the risk of exposure and will need to give their permission for participation in extra-curricular, out of school hours or off-site activities.

Student cohorting

IGS will continue using cohort arrangements and consider staggered drop-off and pick ups, break times, playground and canteen access. Cohort size and timetables, 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 or student needs. Visitors will be required to wear a mask at all times. They will be required to sign in using the school QR code.

IGS ongoing 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 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.

Record keeping

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.