Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update


Advice to St Luke's Anglican School community with regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Updates for our St Luke’s Anglican School community

We are regularly providing updates to our St Luke’s Anglican School families. You can refer back to any of these updates here.

As part of our commitment to the health and safety of our community we are monitoring the Coronavirus situation closely and following advice from government agencies and global organisations.

This page will provide you with specific information in regard to how we are managing the risk and supporting our community, as well as links to advice and information which may be helpful.

Queensland Health is urging anyone who has been overseas in the last 14 days and is feeling unwell to see a doctor immediately.

If you have been overseas in the last 14 days and feel unwell please call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or your GP or local hospital to arrange an assessment. Calling ahead to the GP surgery or hospital is recommended to let them know your symptoms and travel history, this also helps them prepare for your arrival.

Anyone with concerns can call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or find up-to-date reliable information on the Queensland Health website at www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus.


Precautions we are currently taking

  • Hand sanitiser have been placed in Primary classrooms, ELC rooms, staff rooms, Learning Hub and PAC. Students, staff and the community should be vigilante with washing of hands and when washing hands you should ensure to wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • All students presenting at Sick Bay with cold and/or flu symptoms will have their temperatures taken, and if they register a fever, parents will be asked to collect their child. Students will not be allowed back to school until their temperature returns to normal.
  • Our advice is for parents to keep their children at home if they are unwell. Most children will experience a mild cold or infection at some stage in their childhood. In some cases, a sick child may spread their illness to other children or adults if they attend child care or school while infectious. This is why it is so important to keep your child at home or away from child care or school when they are sick and to look out for early signs and symptoms.(Queensland Health Advice)
  • All representative school sport programs Primary and Secondary — including district, regional, state, national, interstate and international competitions — are cancelled effective immediately until further notice. This decision to cancel has been taken in line with the Australian Government directive to minimise non-essential gatherings in order to reduce exposure risks associated with COVID-19.

Our risk management team has planned for a broad range of scenarios, if students are unable to attend school they will have access to lessons and school work online.

All communications with regards to this will be issued via email from our Principal and Heads of School and will be available on the School App. Please download the App by searching ‘St Luke’s Anglican School’ from your App Store.

At this time where we need to be especially vigilant with washing our hands. This video from the World Health Organisation shows you how to take extra care in washing your hands:


Here are videos you can share with your children to remind them to wash their hands. is This an important message to share from a Queensland Health perspective at this time.

ELC & Lower Primary video from The Wiggles:

Upper Primary & Middle School video: Explaining the Science for Kids

Senior Students, Staff & Parents:



Protecting yourself and others from the novel coronavirus

Novel coronavirus is transmitted from person to person, usually when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Transmission may occur from contaminated surfaces, so it is important to frequently wash your hands.

To protect yourself and others from infection practice good hand and respiratory hygiene including:

  • cleaning hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs
  • covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing
  • avoiding contact with anyone who has symptoms such as fever, a cough, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath.
  • staying home if you are unwell.

Based on current advice, only people who have returned from mainland China, Iran or South Korea, are unwell and have access to a face-mask should use it. For anyone else who does not have symptoms, a face-mask is not necessary.

There is no need to cancel any events or gatherings or take additional precautions to normal practice. People who are unwell should not attend public events.


Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

A number of clinical symptoms have been reported in identified cases of novel coronavirus. These symptoms include:

  • fever
  • a cough
  • sore throat
  • fatigue
  • shortness of breath.

Please click here for the full Fact Sheet on Coronavirus issued by Queensland Health.


Absentee Protocol

Please note our SMS provider has recently changed for Absentees SMS and this has resulted in a new phone number. The new number is: 0427 707 673

You will receive a welcome SMS shortly; we suggest you save this number to your contacts as ‘St Luke’s SMS’ to accommodate future SMSs.

We would also like to take the opportunity to remind parents of the process for reporting a student’s absence:

All absences should be reported to the School via the absentee line (07) 4132 7550 or email:

primary-absentee@stlukes.qld.edu.au or secondary-absentee@stlukes.qld.edu.au

If you are unsure about who to speak with about a matter, contact (07) 4132 7525 for Primary Reception, or (07) 4132 7555 for the Main Office.

At 9.30am or soon after each day, when a student is identified as absent without prior notification being received from a parent, our system will SMS parents who are then able to respond by SMS with a reason. (Please note, SMSs from St Luke’s Anglican School will be sent from a virtual number which is unable to receive phone calls.)

This enables us to communicate to all parents simultaneously, avoids unnecessary phone calls, and enables our records to be updated in a timely manner.

If a student is absent for three consecutive days without parent acknowledgement a School officer will follow up with a phone call home.

SMS notifications also form part of our communication strategy in the event of an emergency situation, for example school closure.


Significant changes to travel advice for Australians now from 18 March 2020.

We now advise all Australians: do not travel overseas at this time. This is our highest advice level (level 4 of 4).

If you are already overseas and wish to return to Australia, we recommend you do so as soon as possible by commercial means.

Regardless of your destination, age or health, our advice is do not travel at this time.

As more countries close their borders or introduce travel restrictions, overseas travel is becoming more complex and difficult. You may not be able to return to Australia when you had planned to. Consider whether you have access to health care and support systems if you get sick while overseas. If you decide to return to Australia, do so as soon as possible. Commercial options may become less available.

If you are overseas and cannot, or do not want to, return to Australia, follow the advice of local authorities. Take care to minimise your risk of exposure to coronavirus including by self-isolating. If you choose to stay, note our ability to provide consular assistance in some places may be limited due to restrictions on movement and other services.

If you decide to return to Australia, you will now be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
This applies to all travellers, including Australian citizens. For details see the Australian Border Force website
.

Contact your airline, travel agent or insurance company to discuss your travel plans and options for cancelling or postponing current bookings, or to arrange commercial flights back to Australia.

All cruise ships which have sailed from a foreign port have been banned from entering Australian ports for 30 days.

We have issued this advice for two principal reasons:

  1. There may be a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 overseas. You may come in contact with more people than usual, including during long-haul flights and in crowded airports. Health care systems in some countries may come under strain and may not be as well-equipped as Australia’s or have the capacity to support foreigners. You may not have your normal support networks overseas.
  2. Overseas travel has become more complex and unpredictable. Many countries are introducing entry or movement restrictions. These are changing often and quickly. Your travel plans may be disrupted. You may be placed in quarantine or denied entry to some countries, and you may need to self-quarantine on return to Australia. Think about what this might mean for your health, and your family, work or study responsibilities.

All of the above advice has also been provided to Australian Government staff, who have been instructed to instead use video-conferencing and other communication technologies as much as possible.

The Foreign Minister decided on 17 March to offer voluntary departures globally for all dependants of staff at our overseas posts, staff at high risk due to underlying health conditions and staff the head of mission considers non-essential for ongoing operations.

For more information see our Coronavirus (COVID-19) – information for Australian travellers page.

For urgent consular assistance contact:

  • +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas
  • 1300 555 135 from within Australia
  • +61 421 269 080 from SMS

For non-urgent inquiries, email smartraveller@dfat.gov.au


Families and Staff Travel Advice - Australian Government Health Department

Based on DFAT and recommendations from the Australian Government Health Department, our current position in regard to overseas travel is:

  • If you are travelling to any country outside of Australia you will be required to self-quarantine on return to Australia for 2 weeks before your children can return to school.
  • If you and your children remain well and have a Formal Notice of Clearance from your GP, they can return to school.

    However, please note that due to the nature of this situation our advice above could change at any time. Please ensure you have access to email while you are away as we will be communicating regularly with parents.



    Click here for a number of explainer videos from the World Health Organisation



    Find up to date, easy to read, worldwide statistics on Coronavirus here at Worldometer or this interactive map the COVID-19 Visualizer.


    Websites with regular updates about Coronavirus

    Australian Government Department of Health

    This page is updated by the Department of Health on a daily basis and provides a daily summary of the number of cases in Australia along with other relevant information.

    Click here to find each state's Health Department.

    DFAT

    You can find the list of countries on the advice list here. This page is updated Regularly

    Smartraveller.gov.au

    This website is regularly updated with information. It is recommended you check your destination and advice levels before travelling. DFAT have currently raised their advice levels for 6 countries:

    Level 4 - Do not travel: China and Iran

    Level 2 - Exercise a high degree of caution: SouthKorea, Japan, Italy and Mongolia

    Queensland Health

    Similar information to the Australian Government page and updated whenever information particular to Queensland changes.

    Queensland Government Department of Education

    Similar information to the Queensland Health and Australian Government pages with specific links to school related articles.


    Helpful Articles about Coronavirus

    ABC - How to talk to children about coronavirus

    New Scientist - What are the worst symptoms and how deadly is COVID-19

    New Scientist - What you need to know to prepare for a COVID-19 pandemic

    ABC - Dedicated Coronavirus News page

    World Health Organization - Advice for the public

    World Health Organization - Myth Busters re Coronavirus

    World Health Organization - When and how to use masks

    Guardian Live Blog - Updated continuously with the most recent COVID-19 news

    The Guardian - Updated continuously with the most recent COVID case information