Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

St Peters College continues to take a proactive approach to the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 through a range of measures including educating and emphasizing good personal hygiene practices, with the health and well-being of each member of our community remaining the over-riding priority. 

As an educational institution, the education of our students is our core business. As such it is prudent that we have Business Continuity Plans in place around the around ongoing delivery of education programs in the event of a situation where the College is closed due to COVID-19 for a period of time.

Please find below further information and resources relating to the Coronavirus. Current Parents and Students should access Firefly or the St Peters App for updates to the situation.

Resources

1. Firefly for Updates – Current Families

Current Parents and students can regularly check the dedicated Firefly Page regarding COVID-19 created as the central repository and source of information regarding COVID-19.  https://stpeters.fireflycloud.net.au/health-information

2. Queensland Health -  If you would like up-to-date information about COVID-19, please visit:

https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19

3. Queensland Health Frequently Asked Questions

https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/find-the-facts/faqs-and-myth-busters

Directives on COVID-19 from the Prime Minister (announced 25 March):

  • Schools will remain open and respond to local issues as required and on the advice of health authorities;
  • Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents are restricted from travelling overseas from 25 March 2020 at 12:00hrs AEDST. All people entering Australia must self-isolate for 14 days
  • New Social Distancing measures are now in affect - To keep up to date further information is available here.
  • Non-essential gatherings are suspended for an initial 4 weeks to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) and to give both businesses and people time to fully understand social distancing requirements. To keep up to date further information is available here.

Ongoing Planning

  • As we have already seen across the world, the situation with COVID-19 is fluid and changing. The College continues to make preparations for the short, medium and long term. 
  • We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed. A reminder to visit the dedicated Firefly page established to keep our community up to date with COVID-19. 
  • Additional or modified control measures may be required as we move forward.
  • The College appreciates your ongoing cooperation and understanding of our efforts to keep our community safe and our students learning.

*** If you are unwell, please do not come to school  ***

COVID-19 shares many symptoms with other flu-like sickness. Many people who contract the virus will suffer only mild symptoms, although early indications are that the elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions are more at risk of experiencing severe symptoms. The most common symptoms reported include: 

  • Fever
  • Breathing difficulties such as breathlessness
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue or tiredness.

Students or other family members who have flu-like symptoms should not attend school or school-related events until they are fully recovered.

Personal Hygiene

Good personal hygiene practices remain crucial to the containment of the spread of COVID-19. The College has in a variety of forums reinforced with students the importance of this and will continue to do so. It is important students continue these practices at home as well as school.

The key personal hygiene habits include:

  • Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  • Water bottles should not be shared.
  • Hand shaking is discouraged, and should be replaced by foot taps or elbow bumps.

Below are some key contacts to note:

  • Local GP
  • Queensland Health advice and information
  • 24/7 National Coronavirus Health Information Line (1800 020 080)
  • 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84)