IMPORTANT NOTICE TO STUDENTS AND STAFF : CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Last updated: Thursday 27 January 2022

Gateway Community High and Macquarie Community College (MCC) are committed to putting our community first. These are the proactive steps we are taking to ensure your safety.

WE MONITOR AND ACT ON THE OFFICIAL ADVICE OF GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY BODIES


We maintain all COVID-19 restrictions put in place at any given time by the NSW and Commonwealth Governments or relevant industry bodies.


As the COVID-19 situation is changing on a regular basis the Principal and the MCC senior management team monitor the situation closely and review advice regularly to ensure we are responding appropriately to changing levels of restrictions and requirements.


Staff, students and visitors must follow all instructions and signage about social distancing, hand and cough hygiene – verbally from staff or on signage and notices.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW


We believe that active participation in quality face to face learning and attendance at School are two critically important elements to the education, wellbeing and personal development of young people.


Gateway Community High is planning to run as close to normal as possible with all students and staff participating in classroom-based learning. 


Staff will be on site from Thursday 27 January 2022


Term 1 classes commence on Tuesday 1 February for all new students in Years 9 and 10 and for continuing students in Year 10 on Wednesday 2 February.


This is guided by:

  1. The NSW Public Health Order that applies to Schools 

  2. Instructions from the Department of Education

  3. The National Framework for Managing COVID-19 in Schools and Early Childhood Education and Care  

  4. Our updated COVID-19 Safety Plan and

  5. Advice from AIS NSW


The Gateway Community staff team are continuing to work on a business-as-usual basis and can be contacted by phone, email or through our website.


Phone: 02 8845 8835
Email: info@gatewaycommunityhigh.nsw.edu.au

 

Like you, we look forward to a return to face-to-face learning as safely and as soon as possible in these unpredictable times.
One thing we have learned is to be flexible, have a back-up plan and respond as quickly as possible to the COVID-19 situation.


While we are very excited to resume classes in Term 1, we understand that it is still a time of significant uncertainty and change. We request and appreciate your support in navigating these changing requirements. 

OUR SAFETY PLAN INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING KEY PRINCIPLES:


Vaccination

  • All staff are required to be fully vaccinated.

  • Vaccination is strongly recommended for all enrolled students.

  • Visitors and contractors entering the buildings must be fully vaccinated.

  • If the premises.Unvaccinated visitors must contact the School in advance to confirm arrangements for remote meetings on Zoom, phone or in outdoor sections of the premises

 


Staying well and keeping everyone safe
Staff and students with even the mildest of symptoms, such as a headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat or runny nose, should not attend, even if fully vaccinated and follow the COVID-19 Test and Isolate National Protocols. As with any absence it is a requirement that the School be notified.


The NSW Government has issued a useful guide for Covid-safety at schools. View https://education.nsw.gov.au/content/dam/main-education/en/home/covid-19/advice-for-families/covid-smart-measures.pdf

Help us keep our School and College community COVID-Safe
We ask that all students, staff and visitors follow our strict COVID-19 protocols when visiting our campuses:

  • DO NOT ATTEND in person if you are feeling symptomatic and/or have any flu-like symptoms and coughs – stay home from School and seek medical advice.   

  • DO NOT ATTEND if you are awaiting results of a COVID-19 test and have been told to self-isolate.

  • DO NOT ATTEND if you have tested positive for COVID-19 and have not completed your isolation period.

  • DO NOT ATTEND if you have been in close contact with a person that has tested positive and you have been told to self-isolate.

  • If you have been symptomatic or isolating but not tested positive yourself please ensure that BEFORE YOU return to school you complete a negative Rapid Antigen Test.

 

Masks are mandatory indoors. This includes when entering and leaving the site, in all common areas and in classrooms. 
 

Hygiene is important. Sanitisation and cleaning equipment and processes are in place in all areas.
 

Social Distancing and use of outdoor areas. We will use outdoor areas, manage common areas and heavy traffic areas and schedule staggered breaks as much as practicable.
 

Ventilation of rooms is site-specific. Windows and doors will be opened to promote natural airflow. Students and staff should be prepared for both hot and cold conditions as weather and temperature will vary.
 

Check in procedures are mandatory for staff and visitors – using QR codes or manual alternatives for people without smart phones.
 

Rapid Antigen Tests will be supplied by the NSW Government for the first weeks of school and/or until further notice. Students and staff will be required to complete at home testing twice weekly.
 

Notification. The law requires that any student or staff member that has attended the School and tests positive for Covid must inform the Principal. 
 

Immunisation History. We would appreciate the provision of Covid-19 vaccination certificates or medical exemption status of all students. All information about vaccination status, illness or isolation will be treated with confidentiality. 


For more information or queries please contact us by email to info@gatewaycommunityhigh.nsw.edu.au; phone on 02 8845 8835. 

AVAILABILITY OF MIXED MODES OF LEARNING - ACCESS TO RESOURCES AND REMOTE LEARNING OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE ISOLATING


We have developed our remote learning capability during the rapidly changing times of COVID-19 including the use of Education Perfect, One Note and Zoom.


We are reviewing our best options for ensuring students who are unable to attend due to Covid-19 can keep up to date with their learning and will provide further information at the commencement of term.


The focus is keeping you safe and keeping our students on track with their learning. 

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