Implemented precautionary measures
The following precautionary measures have been implemented to help safeguard our students and our staff.
- All Senior School Examination periods will be conducted in the Bishop Centre.
- All desks will be spaced a minimum of 1.5 metres apart.
- All desks and chairs will be disinfected between exams.
Cleaning & environment changes
- Our cleaning teams are wiping over all high touch surfaces, including door handles with hospital grade disinfectants, every evening.
- Where possible, desks in classrooms have been positioned with as much distance apart as possible.
- All surfaces in the gym are being disinfected after each gym session. (Please note as of 23.03.20 the gym is now closed.
- We have ensured that there are hand washing posters and guides in every bathroom on our campuses.
- Students are being instructed to wash their hands before and after every class.
- Soap and paper towels are being restocked every evening.
- Hand sanitising stations have been set up around campus.
Social distancing is important to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases as it means less contact between people. We have implemented a number of social distancing practices at TAS:
- Avoiding handshakes and other forms of contact.
- Regularly disinfecting high touch surfaces.
- Advising members of our community to stay home if unwell.
- Encouraging members of our community to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from each other.
- Considered if large gatherings can be rescheduled, staggered or cancelled.
- Encouraging the sanitisation of hands at regular intervals.
- Parents and carers encouraged to drop and pick up at the school gate rather than coming onto the campus
Coming to school sick
Unwell members of the TAS community are advised to not attend school if they are feeling unwell. If you are feeling unwell please remain at home until symptoms have resolved and seek medical assistance as required. If any members of our community come in contact with a person who has been tested for COVID-19 please advise the school immediately.
Sick Bay procedure:
Students will be assessed when entering the sickbay to see if immediate action should be taken. If immediate action is not required students are able to rest in the sickbay for 20 minutes, at this time if the student is still unwell the Parent/Guardian will be contacted to collect the student from school. If the student’s condition has not been deemed a risk and they are feeling better they can return to class at this time.
The Australia Government has now advised all Australians to no longer travel overseas. Any Australian’s currently overseas are recommended to return home as soon as possible, however, any returning travellers must self-isolate for 14 days upon their return.
Trinity Anglican School strongly urges all members of our community to rethink interstate travel at this time. If travel is unavoidable, please ensure that you elect to self-isolate for 14 days if you or any family members are feeling unwell upon your return.
Our school bus service continues to operate each morning and afternoon. Please see the following message from our transport partner Down Under Tours with regard to the precautions they have put in place to address Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns (from Managing Director, James Dixon):
I’d like to give you an update on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis and the precautions we are taking right here at Down Under Tours for our passengers and staff. Our thoughts are with the people and families around the globe who are affected.
We are working closely with our management team here on the ground in Cairns and our global parent company to discuss and manage our response to COVID-19 and we are making sure we are taking measures to enhance our passenger and staff protection and minimise the spread of any germs whilst on board our coaches. We are guided by and are closely following advice issued by the Australian medical authorities, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and travel advice issued by the Australian Government.
As we all continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation very closely, we want to assure you that health and safety is always our number one priority. We still believe you should be aware of our cleaning and hygiene practices within our business and our vehicles. Good hygiene can prevent infection. We are following recommended health and safety precautions and we are keeping our staff up to date to ensure they are well informed. Our Drivers are looking out for symptoms in passengers, and they know not to come to work if they themselves feel unwell.
We have partnered with our contract coach cleaners for over 20 years and they follow stringent cleaning and hygiene schedules at all times. Our coaches are cleaned every day. Our vehicles have leather seats and timber floors – there is no carpet, fabric seats or soft material inside the vehicle, and curtains have been removed. To minimise the spread of germs, our Drivers are spraying surfaces with liquid sanitiser that are frequently touched (such as doors, handrails and microphones) throughout the day once passengers disembark the coach. All coaches are equipped with alcohol-based hand sanitiser and anti-bacterial wipes for passengers to use.
Individual music tuition
This will continue for now. Please note the following
- Music tutors should wash their hands/use an antiseptic lotion before teaching every student.
- Instruments should not be shared – including drum sticks, wind/brass mouthpieces, guitars – without cleaning strings and guitar neck etc. There will be Milton solution in I35 for sterilising mouthpieces.
- Piano keys will be cleaned regularly with disinfectant where possible
- Ensembles will continue for now, however, students will be widely spaced. Some ensembles will be moved to a larger room – where this is available – or we will only work with “sections” of the group at any given time.
- Students will be reminded not to share instruments, drum sticks, etc. There will be sterilizing solution for brass/wind mouthpieces. Piano keys and other shared equipment will be regularly wiped over.
Early Learning Centre
- We have extended outdoor play in the mornings to reduce children’s contact and increase fresh air
- Our mats during rest time have more space between them
- We continue with embedding personal hygiene in our program with consistent hand washing transitions and this week we have started our germs project where children can see pepper react to washing up liquid, this represents the germs on our fingers and how soap washes germs away.
- Our sanitiser station has moved to the gate, we request that all visitors to our service use the sanitiser provided and that children are encouraged to wash hands on arrival and departure of the service