We are EDNEY An Independent Public School

Student Health Care

Coronavirus

As proud Western Australians, and in accordance with the Edney Way, we are prepared, but not panicked. Below you will find the most up-to-date information about the steps we are taking to keep all at Edney safe. This page was last updated on Monday 30th March 2020.

WHAT IS EDNEY DOING ABOUT CORONAVIRUS?

Our Coronavirus Plan details all of the steps we are taking to keep Edney safe now and into the future, changing as the situation evolves, keeping our parents, staff and students informed, prepared and ready to respond. You can read our plan here.

SHOULD MY CHILD ATTEND SCHOOL?

On 26th March the State Government announced all public schools in Western Australia will remain open until the end of term, Thursday 9th April. In the final two weeks of term, our school is operating differently from usual:

  • From Monday 30th March, we request that if possible, students are to remain at home, and complete learning programs using the Edney @ Home resources.
  • From Monday 6th April, we request that only children of essential workers attend Edney Primary School. These students will be supervised while on site
  • All other students should remain at home, completing Edney @ Home educational programs.

WHAT DO I DO WITH MY CHILDREN AT HOME?

Edney Primary School has developed comprehensive curriculum resources, support and activities available form our website, with on-demand support through Facebook group and direct contact with the school. These materials can be accessed for each year level and each of our specialist subject areas from the Edney @ Home website:

www.edneyps.wa.edu.au

In addition, the Department of Education has developed a generic set of curriculum materials, which are available on the Department’s website at www.education.wa.edu.au

If you are taking the decision to keep your children home from school, then this is accepting your social responsibility and duty to ensure that you are complying with social distancing measures, limiting going out to only absolutely essential business.

MASS GATHERINGS, EVENT AND ACTIVITY INFORMATION

Specific decisions and status of events and activities in the school are as follows as of Monday 30th March 2020.

Event / Activity Status
Assemblies Cancelled for remainder of Term 1. To be reviewed.
DRLC Summer Carnival Cancelled.
Solar Car Challenge Cancelled.
Edney Senior Choir No rehearsals until further notice.
Edney Art Club (Junior and Senior) Suspended until further notice.
Commonwealth School Banking Suspended until further notice.
DRLC Basketball Competition Cancelled.
ANZAC Service Cancelled. Discussing alternative format.
EduDance – Term Two Cancelled for 2020.
NAPLAN Testing Cancelled for 2020.

WE ALL PLAY OUR PART

The school has for several weeks intensified our cleaning and disinfecting efforts, ensured a never-ending supply of soap and supplies to all toilets, and our staff are revising hand-washing procedures in class. Please reinforce with your child, and practice at home:

  • Frequently washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or using an alcohol-based hand gel
  • Refraining from touching mouth and nose
  • If coughing or sneezing, covering your nose and mouth with a paper tissue or flexed elbow.
  • Dispose of the tissue immediately after use and perform hand hygiene and
  • Avoiding close contact with anyone if you, or they, have a cold or flu-like symptoms (maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres).

COVID-19 symptoms

People with COVID-19 may experience:

  • fever;
  • flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue; or
  • shortness of breath.

For the latest health information and health related enquiries please visit WA Department of Health or access the helpline 1800 020 080.

COVID-19 testing

Effective immediately, COVID-19 testing in WA will only be available to individuals who:

  • Have fever (temperature of 37.5 deg or above) or respiratory illness AND
  • Can provide evidence of: Recent overseas travel (for example, airline ticket or passport stamp) OR Close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case OR Are a health or aged care worker, with direct patient contact.

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

INTERNATIONAL

Australia’s borders are closed to everyone except for Australian residents, citizens and their family members – effective 6pm  Friday, 20 March 2020. Australians are now advised NOT to travel overseas. Level four advice is now in place for EVERY overseas country, this is the first time this has ever happened. Anyone arriving in Australia from overseas are ordered to self-isolate for 14 days.

DOMESTIC

From 1.30pm on Tuesday, 24 March, Western Australia will implement strict border controls for all access points – by road, rail, air and sea. Unless exempted, arrivals from interstate WILL be ordered to self-isolate for 14 days.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/coronavirus

Healthdirect helpline  1800 020 080

USEFUL RESOURCES

Edney Primary School Coronavirus Plan

Handwashing poster

Tips for coping with coronavirus anxiety for parents and children

Parent resource – talking to Children about COVID-19