Firbank Grammar School is committed to supporting and protecting our entire school community through the many challenges that we face during the current COVID19 pandemic.
What lies ahead of us this year, in this our year of Curiosity, only time will tell. We look forward with curious minds to anticipate, innovate and respond appropriately to situations that will arise throughout the year. We appreciate your patience, energy and flexibility.
Covid-19 remains a threat and we must all do our part to prevent infections, and respond appropriately in the event of an infection amongst any of our school community. If your child, or anyone in your family, is unwell and experiencing symptoms such as fever, sore throat or cough, please do not send her/him to school, and seek medical advice.
Firbank Grammar School will comply with all Health and Safety requirements as specified by the Victorian State Government, DHHS and DET. Currently all students, teaching and non-teaching staff can attend school on-site. Special provisions are in place to allow for remote learning for students who are unable to learn on-site.
All our staff and senior school students have been provided with Occupational COVID19 Workplace training.
WHAT WE HAVE PUT IN PLACE
FGS has implemented a number of COVIDSafe practices to ensure the health and safety of all on site are ensured, as guided by the AHPPC Guidelines including:
- Student temperature checks are conducted each day at entry points.
- Staff, contractors and students who are unwell are instructed to stay home and seek medical advice.
- From Thursday 18 February, school staff when not teaching and secondary school students aged 12 or older, must wear a face mask at school, unless an exception applies:
- in all indoor spaces
- in all outdoor spaces when 1.5 m physical distance cannot be maintained.
- Visitors and parents must also observe this guidance.
- Promotion of good hygiene practices through training, signage, and provision of soap and sanitizer.
- Students and staff are educated and reminded about hygiene measures and appropriate behaviours through training and appropriate signage.
- Physical distancing practices are maintained through the rearrangement of school furniture and spaces, floor signage to manage traffic flow, and staggering start and finish times at the junior campuses.
- Regular daily cleaning of all our facilities takes place across all 3 campuses, with a particular focus on high touch areas.
- Staff are encouraged to make use of outdoor spaces and increase ventilation for classes wherever possible.
- Recording of all visitors on site for contact tracing purposes.
- Hand sanitizer and disinfectant is provided in all teaching and work spaces, along with an encouragement for individuals to carry personal supplies to support self-managed hygiene practices.
- Corona Virus Information
- Smart Traveller
- Covid information for workplaces
- Covid information for schools
- AHPPC advice on COVID 19
How to stay safe and well
- Practise good hygiene and regularly and thoroughly wash your hands.
- Maintain physical distancing, keep at least 1.5 metres away from others.
- From 11:59pm on Sunday 2 August 2020, all Victorians must wear a face covering when they leave home, no matter where they live.
- If you feel unwell do not go to work/school.
- Get tested at a nearby testing location. Return home immediately.
- If your condition worsens contact your GP or a health professional. If you become very unwell and are having trouble breathing contact triple zero, you may need to be admitted to hospital.
Remote learning resources 2020
Jenny Williams Ph: +61 3 9591 5188
Penny Featherstone Ph: +61 3 9591 5188
Heads of Campus
- Senior School – Leandra Turner Ph: +61 3 9591 5188
- Junior School – Brighton: Jonathan Kemp and Mel Smith Ph: +61 3 9591 5188
- Junior School – Sandringham: Brad Nelsen Ph: +61 3 9591 5188
Year level Wellbeing leaders or your classroom teacher can be contacted through reception at each campus