Dear Parents and Carers of Redland Bay State School,
In order to keep you up to date with current messages I have forwarded this information to you.
In the interest of public health, please take heed of this advice.
Alan Bunce, Principal
Key Messaging from the State Government
● As at 8am Wednesday 25 March, Queensland has recorded 443 cases, 46 more than yesterday.
● To date, most of Queensland's cases are either people who have recently returned from overseas or have had
close contact with those people.
What we want Queenslanders to know
● Most people (around 80%) will only develop mild illness and recover easily. Older people, and those with underlying
medical problems are more likely to develop severe illness.
● You are at higher risk of infection if you have had face-to-face contact with a confirmed case for more than 15
minutes or have shared an enclosed space with them for more than two hours.
● Currently, testing for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is only available for people who are unwell with fever or
acute respiratory symptoms AND have travelled to overseas in the past 14 days OR have had contact with a
confirmed case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
● Stay up-to-date with accurate information by visiting www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus
What we want Queenslanders to do
● Not everyone is going to get novel coronavirus (COVID-19), but we all have a role to play in keeping ourselves
and others well.
● Practice social distancing, which means:
○ Stay home as much as possible.
○ Keep 1.5 metres away from others as much as possible.
○ Avoid shaking hands, kissing or hugging others.
○ If you can, work from home.
○ Avoid gatherings that aren't essential.
● Wash your hands often and properly with soap and water, or use alcohol-based rub.
● If you have been overseas in the last 14 days and are feeling unwell, see your doctor immediately.
● You must self-quarantine for 14 days if you are feeling well AND:
○ you have been overseas
○ you have travelled to Queensland, unless the travel is essential, including for work or medical care.
○ you have been in close contact with someone who already has the virus.
● While you're self-quarantining, if you start to feel unwell, you should seek immediate medical attention. Call ahead to your GP or emergency department, so they can prepare for your visit.
● All non-essential businesses and gatherings should not go ahead.
● All essential day-to-day activities and businesses, such as school and work, can proceed, but they must ensure the space is big enough for one person per four-square-meters.
● There is no need to excessively stockpile anything.
● It's totally normal to feel concerned when big events happen in the world. We have tips in our blog post about how to look after your mental wellbeing in a crisis. If you're feeling scared, worried or upset for two weeks or more, or how you are feeling is distracting you from going about your normal routines, it's worth speaking to someone about it – either someone close to you or a medical professional.
Queensland Health preparedness
● We understand you may be feeling concerned, but we want to reassure you that we have one of the best health systems in the world and are prepared.
● We've responded to health emergencies in the past and we will do it again.
● The Queensland Government has a $1.2 billion COVID-19 response plan to support the health system to respond to novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
● Further restrictions on social gatherings. The National Cabinet announced new social restrictions which will
begin at 11.59pm 25 March.
○ The restrictions included closure of many public venues including community and recreation centres, amusement parks, public swimming pools, galleries and museums, libraries, auction houses, and in-store beauty therapies.
○ Further restrictions on available activities include limits of 10 to a funeral, a total of 5 people to a wedding, and limits to hairdressing and personal training activities.
○ For more information visit: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirus-measures-24-March-2020
● On Wednesday 25 March, Government announced the creation of a National COVID-19 Coordination Commission.
The Commission will work to 'solve problems' that require the public and private sector working together.
The Executive Chair of the Commission will be Neville Power.
● Effective from 12.01am Thursday 25 March, all elective surgery other than category 1 and urgent category 2
cases will be suspended in both public and private hospitals. The decision was agreed to by state and territory leaders in conjunction with Federal Government.
● Government also advised it will take action to prevent exploitative price gouging and the export of products essential to preventing and controlling the spread of coronavirus
● Schools will remain open and parents can send their children to school in the knowledge they will be safe. Increased school cleaning time is now underway.
● If parents wish to keep their children home from school, they may do so.
● The learning@home website, accessible via the Queensland Education website, provides activities to support
students to continue their learning, as well as general advice and links to quality public learning sites.
● Two-week units of work for Prep to Year 10 will also be available via this website, with additional materials to be uploaded by the end of the week.
● If parents choose to keep their child at home, they must be responsible for them. They must ensure their children stay at home and that they continue their learning using the material and websites that can be accessed online.
● The Queensland school break will begin on Monday 6 April until Friday 17 April. Schools will reopen on Monday 20 April, unless health advice states otherwise.
● NAPLAN will not proceed this year.
● All school trips, camps and excursions are postponed or cancelled until further notice.
● International student and staff travel has also been suspended.
● All interschool sport, representative school sport and Queensland School Sport team participation has been cancelled.
● The importance of increased hygiene and cleaning standards in Specialist Settings/Programs/Facilities is continuing to be communicated.
● For students in Year 11 and 12, the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority has long-established protocols that cater for illness or disruption to assessment processes in order to minimise any disadvantage or
impact. Impacted schools will work with the QCAA and any affected students through these protocols.
● For more information visit www.qed.qld.gov.au.
School staff are currently working to develop a plan for learning at home. This will be communicated to all parents via email for the commencement of term 2.
Please ensure that your current email address is up to date by checking that you have been receiving communication of newsletters and other school information.
If you are not receiving these emails please contact the school office with your current email on 34794222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .