Advice to Parents

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

Online Resources

Coronavirus Fact Sheet for Parents and Carers

Australian Government Department of Health

World Health Organization

Department of Home Affairs

 

The Southport School continues to monitor the Coronavirus situation closely. For now though it is day-to-day business as usual. We currently have no students impacted by the virus and none are in quarantine either on campus or at home.

Should a TSS boy be confirmed as having contracted the virus, we will immediately contact Queensland Health and be guided by their advice in managing our response. Queensland Health will advise whether or not the School should close temporarily.

As was the case when we had Norovirus two years ago,  Queensland Health will then work with our school to conduct any specialised cleaning of our facilities as required to ensure our school is safe for students and staff to return when clearance is given.

If you are concerned about anything to do with the virus please call the Coronavirus Health Information Line – 1800 020 080

If your child develops flu-like symptoms, please:

  • keep your child at home;
  • avoid close contact with others such as touching, kissing or hugging, or any mass gatherings, especially those involving other children;
  • see a doctor or contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) immediately;
  • seek medical advice if your child has other underlying medical conditions; and
  • call ahead to the medical centre or doctor’s surgery, advising of your child’s symptoms and, if applicable, any closure of the School.

It is also important to continue to encourage your children to:

  • wash their hands regularly with soap and water, particularly before and after eating, and after going to the toilet;
  • avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth;
  • use alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap is unavailable;
  • cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of their elbow; and
  • dispose of tissues in the bin immediately.

With the Easter holidays now rapidly approaching we are asking parents to advise the School of any international travel plans for students and families over the break. For those travelling overseas, the link below asks some simple questions about where you will be travelling.  This information will allow the School to monitor the travel warnings and pre-plan for any potential self-quarantine at the commencement of Term Two.  We do expect the warnings to evolve over the next month.

If you are intending to travel internationally, please follow this link:

https://www.tss.qld.edu.au/health-questionnaire

 

 

TSS Operations and Contingency Planning

The School has actioned a number of procedures as a precaution against the virus.

  • Senior School Assemblies and Chapels are being live-streamed.
  • BLT has been restricted to maintain social distancing.
  • Events with speakers invited from off campus—whether the speakers are international or domestic—have been cancelled, postponed, or conducted remotely.
  • All public and private tours of The Southport School are discontinued.

The School has actioned a number of contingency plans should the School be asked to close.

  • Preparatory and Senior teachers have been trained in the use of online delivery of curriculum
  • Wellbeing programs will be delivered to reduce anxiety and promote positive mental health
  • Boarders families have been contacted and international travel plans established.

 

Health

We currently have no students impacted by the virus and none are in quarantine either on campus or at home.

Should a TSS boy be confirmed as having contracted the virus, we will immediately contact Queensland Health and be guided by their advice in managing our response. Queensland Health will advise whether or not the School should close temporarily.

As was the case when we had Norovirus two years ago,  Queensland Health will then work with our school to conduct any specialised cleaning of our facilities as required to ensure our school is safe for students and staff to return when clearance is given.

If your child develops flu-like symptoms, please:

  • keep your child at home;
  • avoid close contact with others such as touching, kissing or hugging, or any mass gatherings, especially those involving other children;
  • see a doctor or contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) immediately;
  • seek medical advice if your child has other underlying medical conditions; and
  • call ahead to the medical centre or doctor’s surgery, advising of your child’s symptoms and, if applicable, any closure of the School.

It is also important to continue to encourage your children to:

  • wash their hands regularly with soap and water, particularly before and after eating, and after going to the toilet;
  • avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth;
  • use alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap is unavailable;
  • cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of their elbow; and
  • dispose of tissues in the bin immediately.

If you are concerned about anything to do with the virus please call the Coronavirus Health Information Line – 1800 020 080

 

Classes

The School is has now moved to an online learning model, a combination of online learning for those away from School, and supervision of students online learning on campus at School.

We are not closing, and will not do so unless we are so instructed or the boys’ safety becomes a factor. We are simply adapting to the changing environment in a way which will allow boys to work from home, or come to school, depending upon parental choice.

Preparatory

Preparatory School classes will be conducted in two modes. Face to face on-site in classrooms, or remote online mode. Please note that students who attend school, must do so for the full school day, partial attendance is not possible. Teachers will provide instructions as to how boys will access their at-home, online learning and the teachers are available at school during the day to assist with any questions regarding the lessons or technical assistance. The online program may include a variety of elements – live streamed lessons, pre-recorded videos, pre-prepared workbooks, links to websites and other software applications.

Secondary

Should Senior School students be in attendance at school, they will be engaging in the same online classes as their peers who are at home, but with teacher supervision and assistance.

 

Boarders

We currently do not have any borders on campus.

Please be assured the School continues to monitor and stay informed of current information, guidelines and responses. Importantly, we have kept our boys appropriately informed, reassuring them at the same time. The mood is calm at TSS and we are prepared for whatever contingency that may develop.

 

Events and Meetings

Please visit the Marketing and Events Guidelines page for information.

 

Tech Support

To support the online program delivery for our students, they will need a device and internet connection. The IT Help Desk is available via email [email protected] for any technical questions regarding access to online education.

 

Visitors

We currently have no students impacted by the virus and none are in quarantine either on campus or at home.

It is safe for students to come to TSS. The School is open and operating in an online educational environment with and students at home and on campus are accessing online lessons from their teachers in the Prep and Senior School.

We will make any future decisions based on advice from the Australian Government and Queensland Health. If the situation changes, impacted students and parents will be advised immediately.

For the safety of our students and staff on campus, and to limit the number of visitors to the school, we ask that parents contact the School via email or phone rather than visiting the school’s Prep or Senior Reception areas or Student Services.

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