COVID 19

RETURN TO CAMPUS PLAN 

Following the announcements made by NSW Premier Berejiklian and after consultation with the Board and the PRC, School Management has decided to follow the NSW advice meaning GISS will resume full time on-campus teaching from next Monday, 25th of May.

This also means that our off-campus learning program will come to an end as of next week. 

Please rest assured that we will maintain our preventive measures and precautions such as increased cleaning, access to hygiene supplies and compliance with hygiene practices. As previously communicated, parents are also asked to refrain from entering the campus unless absolutely necessary. There will be no assemblies, excursions, and inter-school sport for the foreseeable future. More information about school sports, AGs and on-campus tutoring will follow via the app.

We understand that the return to full time schooling may create some challenges for families whose students have underlying health issues or for those who need to care for vulnerable people in their household. Please contact us via health@giss.nsw.edu.au so we can discuss your individual circumstances.

Co-curricular & extra-curricular activities
    • Our co-curricular activities (AGs) will resume, however there will be no activities during lunch breaks or after school with external providers.
    • One-on-one tuition such as piano lessons may resume. Please liaise with the individual tutor/teacher.Sport lessons will resume.
    • GISS and our coaches have made adjustments for increased hygiene requirements as well as modifications to avoid physical contact.  
    • Swimming lessons are still cancelled until further notice. 
Communication & absences:
    • If your child is absent you can either send a notice via the school app, email absent@giss.nsw.edu.au or call the office.
    • We understand that the return to full time schooling may create challenges for families whose students have underlying health issues or for those who need to care for vulnerable people in their household. Please contact us via health@giss.nsw.edu.au to discuss your individual circumstances.
Operational:
    • Our GISS Kiosk is open for pre-orders only (via the Flexischools app). Orders from Preschool and Primary School will be delivered to the classrooms.
    • The GISS Bus service has resumed its normal schedule. If you would like to make changes to existing bookings or add your children to one of our routes, please contact bus@giss.nsw.edu.au


NO UNNECESSARY VISITS TO SCHOOL

Please do not enter the school premises unless absolutely necessary. Please drop off and pick up your child without delay.

The outdoor sports court will be used as a parent staging area during pick-up times. Please do not enter the school courtyards during pick-up and drop-off times.

The number of external visitors to school will be limited.


COMMUNICATION & QUESTIONS

We will provide regular updates via the GISS school app on any further measures that might be necessary as the situation evolves. If you do have any COVID 19 related questions or concerns, please email us directly via health@giss.nsw.edu.au for other queries please refer to the below table:

Questions related to:

Contact:

A course, assignment or resource

Relevant teacher – use Teams or Email for general or private messages. Teachers may be unable to reply individually to all emails immediately, as their focus will be teaching via the online learning platform. 

A technology issue/request

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OUR COMMUNITY

Schools can play an important role in this effort which is why GISS is taking proactive steps to spread information about the disease and its potential transmission within our school community. 

Everyone in our GISS community has a role to play in getting ready and staying healthy. The health and safety of our students and staff is paramount and thus we are focusing on preventive measures as outlined here.


CANCELLATION OF ALL CLASS CAMPS, EXCURSIONS & EVENTS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

All scheduled class camps, excursions and events are being cancelled until further notice. We understand that this causes disappointment amongst students, but we are hoping to reschedule them at a later point in the school year. 


FEELING UNWELL?

Leave your child at home and seek medical attention if you, your child(ren) or anyone in your immediate family is exhibiting flu like symptoms (or a common cold) or consider yourself at high risk of exposure.


WHAT CAN PARENTS/CARERS DO? 

  • Leave your child at home and seek medical attention if you, your child(ren) or anyone in your immediate family is exhibiting flu like symptoms (including the common cold) or consider yourself at high risk of exposure.
  • Practice good hand and respiratory hygiene:
    • Thorough & frequent hand washing
    • Cover sneezes and coughs
    • Avoid touching the face


REGULAR UPDATES VIA THE GISS APP 

Please note that GISS is in close contact with the health authorities and continuously monitoring WHO, AIS, Department of Health and Department of Education advisories and actions on information from those official sources. We will provide regular updates via the school app on any further measures that might be necessary as the situation evolves. In the meantime, we would like to encourage everyone to practice everyday prevention measures like frequent hand washing, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes.

FURTHER INFORMATION

The Australian Government Department of Health website continues to be an excellent resource for up-to-date information that relates to COVID-19. For a more international view you might visit the website of the World Health Organisation

Last updated: 22. May 2020