Emanuel School Parent Handbook COVID-19 2022

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CONTENTS What are the symptoms of COVID-19?


What can I do to help keep my child healthy and safe?






Hygiene practices


Health Centre


Isolation period


Close contacts




Cleaning the School


Learning continuity


Mask wearing


How to wear your mask


Drop-offs and pick-ups


Absence from school


Rapid Antigen Tests


Children with regular symptoms not related to COVID-19


Who is allowed on campus?




The purpose of this handbook is to provide parents with details about the health and safety procedures in place for staff and students at Emanuel School following the Pandemic. This handbook is a living document that will be reviewed and revised at regular intervals. We remain committed to providing excellence in our learning environment as well as safeguarding the mental and physical wellbeing of our students and staff. The policies outlined in this document have been developed by Emanuel School, in conjunction with NSW Health advice, Public Health Orders, the Emanuel School Board and our own Medical Advisory Panel, comprising: • Dr Elly Berger, Paediatrician, Sydney Children’s Hospital • Associate Professor Sarah Kummerfeld, Head Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics (Scientific) • Dr Brynn Wainstein, Paediatric Immunologist • Dr Mel Drinkwater, General Practitioner and Clinical Ethicist We owe them a great debt of gratitude for committing their time and expertise. Our approach is one of “layers of prevention” that include encouraging vaccination for all eligible staff and students and vigilance around monitoring symptoms. Other measures include ventilation improvements and monitoring (installation of filtration systems and CO2 monitors) in classrooms and shared learning areas, proper hand hygiene and increased use of outdoor space. There is not one specific measure that will prevent transmission from occurring, but rather multiple structural and individual elements that contribute to making our school a healthier and safer space, by reducing the risk of infection. The partnership between Emanuel School and parents/carers continues to be very important as we navigate the post Pandemic period. The co-operation of every member of our community is of paramount importance to the School’s safe and successful operation, as we move forward together. We encourage all eligible students as well as Emanuel family members, to get vaccinated in order to protect themselves and to protect our wider Emanuel School community. We hope to address your questions in this handbook, which will be placed on the Emanuel Parent Portal under the COVID-19 link.


WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19? • The symptoms of COVID-19 can include: headache, sore throat, runny nose, cough, fever, fatigue, rash, muscle aches, loss of smell, loss of taste, diarrhoea or nausea and vomiting. • Some people with COVID-19 may be asymptomatic (have no symptoms and seem well), which is why it is mandatory that household contacts follow the guidelines outlined by NSW Health. • People are often infectious in the one to two days before the development of symptoms. • Symptoms may take up to seven days to appear after exposure to COVID-19.

WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP KEEP MY CHILD HEALTHY AND SAFE? • Get your child vaccinated. • Ensure everyone in the household is vaccinated. • Teach your child good hand hygiene, which means frequent hand washing, especially before meals and when coming inside from outdoors. • Teach your child how to wear their mask properly and model wearing a mask when needed. • Teach your child safe coughing and sneezing etiquette.

VACCINATIONS • All teachers and staff at Emanuel are encouraged to be fully vaccinated • We strongly encourage all eligible students to be vaccinated. • We strongly encourage all eligible household members of our students (parents, carers, babysitters, grandparents) to be fully vaccinated in order to protect our students and the wider Emanuel community.

VENTILATION Each Primary School classroom is well ventilated with air flow checked by a CO2 Monitor. Air purifying devices (High Efficiency Particulate Air Purifiers - HEPA units) have been installed in each Primary School classroom. All High School classrooms and specialist rooms have been audited. Those rooms identified with insufficient ventilation have been upgraded, through remediation of windows/doors, or through optimising filtered HVAC systems, or installing HEPA Units. CO2 builds up in the air unless a space is well ventilated. CO2 monitors alert staff and students if CO2 levels rise, signalling a lack of circulating fresh air. A CO2 monitor has been placed in each learning space and in all staff spaces.

HYGIENE PRACTICES Hand sanitiser stations are located throughout the School. Hand hygiene should be conducted by anyone entering the School and will be incorporated into the daily schedule at regular intervals during the day, above and beyond what is usually recommended.

HEALTH CENTRE If your child is unwell at school, they will be sent to the School Nurse. If the child is deemed to be exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, the School Nurse will keep the child separate from other children and call a parent or carer to pick up the child immediately. A quick collection will be critical to our safety protocols within the Health Centre if the child is COVID-19 positive. If there is a medical explanation for a child having COVID-19 symptoms at school, parents must contact the School Nurse with a medical certificate. 2

ISOLATION PERIOD Students who test positive with COVID-19 start their seven day isolation when they test positive. Once they complete their seven day isolation, return a negative Rapid Antigen Test and are symptom free, the child can return to school regardless of any other concurrent positive cases in the home.

CLOSE CONTACTS Close contacts may attend school pending daily negative Rapid Antigen Tests, and must wear a mask indoors. Close contacts who have had COVID-19 in the past 12 weeks do not need to comply with this. Although rare, it is still possible to contract COVID-19 within the 12 weeks following infection. If your child experiences any ongoing or new symptoms following COVID-19 infection, they should test and remain at home until they test negative and are symptom free. Parents must notify the School if their child/ren are close contacts. Close contacts will not be permitted to attend overnight school trips.

CANTEEN Canteen orders may only be placed online through Flexischools. Canteen orders are taken to the Primary classrooms and are collected by High School students at the Canteen. Our Canteen staff will follow normal COVID-safe protocols.

CLEANING THE SCHOOL The daily cleaning regime continues throughout the day and includes high-touch areas and other hard surfaces, door handles, lockers, light switches and handrails in stairways and movement areas. Our school night cleaning team completes the routine campus cleaning from 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm daily, ensuring that our campus meets the highest cleaning standards.


MASK WEARING Mask wearing and good classroom ventilation are the best ways to decrease viral transmission in a classroom setting, reducing viral transmission substantially. Any staff and Years 3-12 students who are close contacts are required to wear masks in all indoor settings. Close contacts who have had COVID-19 in the past 12 weeks do not need to comply with this. Although rare, it is still possible to contract COVID-19 within the 12 weeks following infection. If your child experiences any ongoing or new symptoms following COVID-19 infection, they should test and remain at home until they test negative and are symptom free. Masks for Kornmehl Pre-school children and Years K-2 students are optional, though strongly recommended. Students who are infected with COVID-19 and are symptom free and have tested negative on a Rapid Antigen Test should wear a mask when around other people for another three days after the seven day isolation. • Cloth masks are no longer permitted for students. We strongly recommend that all students and teachers wear the higher-rated P2, N95 or KF94 masks. These masks offer superior protection, especially in light of the more transmissible Omicron variant. Although these masks are disposable, they can be used multiple times. • If families cannot access P2, N95 or KF94 masks, the next best option is a thin surgical mask that meets the requirements below: – Fully covers the mouth and nose – Adjustable loops around the ears for proper fit – Minimal gaps between the face and mask. • The “knot and tuck” method for a better fit of all masks is highly recommended. • It is best to send two to three masks to school each day so if one gets wet or dirty, the child has a replacement.


HOW TO WEAR YOUR MASK: • Wash your hands. • Place your mask over your nose and mouth. • Pinch the mask across the bridge of your nose to ensure a good seal. • Ensure that the mask covers your nose, mouth and chin. • For young men and male teachers, if you have any facial hair, consider shaving it so as to ensure a good mask seal.

To help children learn to wear a mask, follow these suggestions: • Start to practise wearing the mask at home • Watch a video online about wearing a mask • Be a good role model and let your child see you wearing your mask • It is recommended that people who wear glasses should remove them, put on the mask and then pinch the mask, then the nose strip to seal, and then replace the glasses. A person is not required to carry or wear a fitted face covering if the person: • has a physical or mental health illness or condition, or disability, that makes wearing a fitted face covering unsuitable, and • carries evidence from an appropriate medical professional showing: – that the person has an illness, condition or disability, and – the illness, condition or disability makes wearing a fitted face covering unsuitable.

DROP-OFFS AND PICK-UPS Students are encouraged to use the School Bus services to help reduce traffic congestion around the School. Drop-off and pick-up arrangements Morning drop-off All students are asked to be dropped via Go With The Flow (GWTF) between 8.00am - 8.20am. Supervision on campus will only begin at 7.30 am. Please do not drop your children prior to 7.30 am. We ask parents to remain in the car at all times and children are asked to have their bags in the car with them. For safety reasons, please do not use the car boot. Afternoon pick-up The afternoon process is slower and involves more congregating of students. For this reason, the afternoons will be staggered for students. Safety is our paramount concern in these plans, and we ask all parents to follow the School’s GWTF system. The GWTF system will be active with children being collected either by vehicle or via the parent pick up line outside of the Avoca Street gate. We would prefer car collection where possible to avoid large numbers of people congregating in person outside the School. Please do not send more than one adult per family for pick up. GWTF collection times for children are as follows: • Years K-2 at 3.20 pm • Years 3-6 at 3.30 pm • High School at 3.30 pm

ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL • Students who test positive need to remain at home for at least seven days and notify the School and NSW Health. • Students can return to school on Day 8, if they have NO SYMPTOMS and they return a negative Rapid Antigen Test result on Day 7. • If the student has symptoms of illness or a positive Rapid Antigen Test on Day 7, including a sore throat, runny nose, cough or shortness of breath, they must wait 24 hours after their symptoms resolve and return a negative Rapid Antigen Test before attending school. Parents need to inform the School about the child’s continued absence. If the child’s symptoms do not resolve, please contact your GP. • Students who are household contacts need to return a negative Rapid Antigen Test daily for at least seven days and notify the School.

RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS • Students should complete a Rapid Antigen Test at home prior to school if they have any symptoms of illness or if they have been in a setting that puts them at higher risk of COVID-19. • If a student tests positive on the Rapid Antigen Test, even if they have no symptoms, they need to stay home. • The School has a limited supply of Rapid Antigen Tests supplied by the government. Should you require a test, please contact mseeto@emanuelschool.nsw.edu.au


CHILDREN WITH REGULAR SYMPTOMS NOT RELATED TO COVID-19 Some children may have symptoms, such as hayfever, that can mimic symptoms of COVID-19. We would rely on your honesty and judgement in only sending your child to school if they are well. In this case, parents will be required to email our School Nurse (nurse@emanuelschool.nsw.edu.au), so that their teachers can be made aware. In this instance, a medical certificate will be required. If the child has ongoing allergy symptoms and then develops a change in symptoms or new symptoms, please err on the side of caution and have your child take a Rapid Antigen Test.

WHO IS ALLOWED ON CAMPUS? From 16 May 2022, parents, carers and guests will be invited onto campus. Vaccination will not be a requirement.

CONCLUSION The trust between Emanuel School and our parent community has never been more important than it is now. Recognising that we will all be working together closely, our goal is to communicate with transparency, speed, accuracy and sensitivity. We appreciate that you have taken the time to read this Parent Handbook. We encourage you to speak with your child about these conditions.

This Parent Handbook was written by the Emanuel School Strategic Advisory Team (SAT) and the School’s Medical Advisory Panel. 7

20 Stanley Street, Randwick NSW 2031 Phone 8383 7333 www.emanuelschool.nsw.edu.au


Updated 23 June 2022