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, or shortness of breath 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.
As of Friday, 28 May 2021, all students, teaching and non-teaching staff are learning and working remotely. Special provisions are in place to allow students whose parents are essential workers, or for other reasons approved by the Principal, to learn on-site. FGS will return to onsite learning on Friday, 4 June, unless otherwise notified by the Victorian Government.
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, including:
- Staff, contractors and students who have symptoms of COVID19 are instructed to stay home and seek medical advice.
- School staff and secondary school students aged 12 or older must carry a face mask at all times and wear a face mask indoors when at school, including when attending an Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) program, unless a lawful exception applies.
- Children under 12 years of age and students at primary school are not required to wear face masks when at school, or when attending an OSHC program.
- Face masks are mandatory for all school staff and school students aged 12 or older on public transport and when in taxis or ride share vehicles. This includes travelling to and from school on public transport or in a vehicle with others not from your household.
- Teachers and education support staff are not required to wear face masks while teaching, but those who wish to do so, can.
- Visitors and parents must also observe face mask requirements.
- 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.
- 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 workspaces, 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.
- Masks are not currently required to be worn, however all people over 12yo must carry a mask at all times, and it is recommended they be worn when distancing is not possible.
- 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: Mel Smith +61 3 9591 5141
- Junior School – Sandringham: Brad Nelsen Ph: +61 3 9533 5711
Year level Wellbeing leaders or your classroom teacher can be contacted through reception at each campus.