What is in place
- Staff and students have temperature checks upon arrival at the College in the morning and when leaving school at the end of each day
- The College is promoting good hand, sneeze and cough hygiene
- There is daily regular scheduled cleaning of staff rooms, offices and classrooms
- A cleaning team clean frequently touched surfaces several times a day
- The College has provided hand sanitiser for everyone’s use around the school
- Where possible, larger meetings have been put off to a later date or we use Zoom for web-based meetings instead of face-to-face
- The College is promoting the strictest hygiene among food preparation (canteen) staff and their close contacts
- We have access to psychologists at Ngak Min for any staff or students that maybe struggling
Always remember, we are all responsible for ensuring social distancing is practiced at all times.
What you need to do in relation to hygiene and social distancing
You have a duty to take reasonable care of your own health and safety, and to not adversely affect the health and safety of others.
Everyone must practice good hygiene and social distancing to protect against infection and prevent the virus spreading.
To practice good hygiene you:
- cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
- put used tissues straight into the bin
- wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use hand sanitiser, when entering school, and at regular intervals throughout the day
- wash your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet
- avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces such as benchtops, desks and doorknobs
- clean and disinfect frequently used objects such as mobile phones, keys, wallets and work passes
- increase the amount of fresh air available by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning
Keep your distance
One way to slow the spread of viruses, such as coronavirus, is social distancing (also called physical distancing). The more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread.
Whilst the Prime Minister has confirmed that social distancing requirements do not apply in classrooms for students, steps for social distancing in the College for staff include:
- ensuring you keep 1.5 metres away from other adults
- stop shaking hands to greet others
- consider cancelling non-essential meetings. If needed, hold meetings via video conferencing or phone call or zoom
- hold essential meetings outside in the open air, if possible
- eat lunch at your desk or outside rather than in the staff room or dining hall
- regularly clean and disinfect surfaces that many people touch
- open windows or adjust air conditioning for more ventilation
- limit food handling and sharing of food
- avoid non-essential travel
What to do if you are feeling unwell including symptoms
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms include fever, coughing, a sore throat and shortness of breath. For most people, COVID-19 is experienced as a mild disease.
The virus can spread from person to person, but good hygiene and physical distancing can prevent infection.
If you are feeling unwell
If you are feeling unwell you must NOT come to school. If you are at school and are feeling unwell you must go home immediately. You must notify your Teacher or the front office (students) or Line Manager (staff) as soon as possible. If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, runny nose or sore throat), seek medical advice immediately.
There are staff available at Ngak Min medical centre to assist you, Mon-Fri until 4pm, or contact your own practitioner.
Alternatively, call the National Coronavirus Helpline for advice on 1800 020 080. The line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.