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Wednesday 19 August: Updated Restrictions due to COVID-19

Dear Families

As promised in my letter last week, I am writing to inform you how the NSW Health COVID measures for schools will affect Danebank for the rest of Term 3.

We are interpreting and implementing these measures with the spirit and intention in which they have been developed: to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission in school communities. 

Danebank’s updated Health Action Plan and my letter last week preempted and instituted the relevant changes already. These are the cessation of:

  • Activities that result in the mixing of students from different school regions, such as sport.
  • School groups singing or chanting activities
  • The use of wind instruments in groups  
  • Social activities such as formals and others that involve parent attendance  
  • Overnight events such as retreats, camps and excursions 

One important additional requirement, effective from today, is that any staff member or student who has any COVID-19 symptoms will be prohibited from returning to school until proof of a negative COVID-19 test result has been provided. The school requires two documents as proof to be emailed to Junior School or Senior School:

  • Certificate of Attendance from the COVID-19 Assessment Clinic at which you had the test done.
  • A screen-grab of the result for the test, which is normally sent as an SMS text message.

The NSW Health document also spells out specific measures schools are expected to adhere to during school hours. Danebank is already adhering to these, however, we will continue to refine our implementation, including the cessation of individual tours of our campus to new families this term.

While not possible to do this for each individual Danebank activity in this letter, I would like to clarify the following specific activities:

  • Sport: Danebank will not participate in any inter-school sport for the remainder of this term, instead we will offer sport on our campus on Saturdays so that students can continue to stay active and fit.
  • The SRC movie night for Senior School students has been cancelled.
  • Year 12 Showcase: we are planning an online showcase where students and their works will be featured
  • Junior, Senior and Training Band is cancelled for Term 3.
  • Instrumental Program will not be running for brass and woodwind (trumpet, trombone, flute, clarinet and saxophone)
  • Years 3 and 4 Instrumental Program will be running for strings and percussion only (cello, guitar, violin and percussion)
  • Private singing and wind instrument tuition will occur via Zoom lessons from home.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to wear masks on public transport and on Danebank’s minibuses to and from school.

Sadly, these measures further limit our celebration of and farewell to our Year 12 students. Further information about this will be provided to Year 12 families in the coming weeks.

As always, the safety and wellbeing of our girls is of paramount importance. These changes are expected to be in effect until the start of Term 4, by which time I will have communicated any further changes to you.


Temporary Closure of Campus Procedure

In the event of COVID-19 related disruptions to school operations during school hours, the link below describes the steps Danebank will follow to protect students and staff and communicate with parents. Families are asked to read this now and discuss the temporary closure evacuation plan with their children in advance, so as to clarify the family's plan for pick up and getting home. Click here to read the Temporary Closure of Campus Procedure


Return to On-Campus Learning: Phase 0-4

暂时关闭校园程序


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Danebank’s Health Action Plan is updated according to the latest advice from the Federal and State Government:
  • Anyone arriving in Australia by air or sea must go into government-approved mandatory quarantine for 14 days from arrival in Australia. This applies to staff, students and members of our community.
  • Anyone who has been in contact with someone who has arrived from any overseas country, is to exercise a high degree of caution. They are to self-monitor for symptoms and must not come to school if feeling unwell. If needed, seek medical advice urgently and isolate yourself.
  • Any student or staff member who has been in close personal contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 must remain at home for 14 days following that contact.
  • Students and staff who are unwell or displaying symptoms of respiratory illness or flu-like symptoms potentially associated with COVID-19 must not attend school and should remain at home until all symptoms have disappeared.
  • COVID-19 symptoms can include fever (37.5°C or higher), cough, sore/scratchy throat, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell.
    NSW Health requires that such a person, with even mild symptoms, self-isolate and be tested for COVID-19 at a testing clinic
  • Any student or staff member who has been tested must not attend school while awaiting results and must adhere to isolation/quarantine protocols. Please notify the school if the result is COVID-19 positive. 
  • Any staff or student who has any COVID-19 symptoms will be prohibited from returning to school until proof of a negative COVID-19 test result has been provided. The school requires two documents as proof to be emailed to Junior School or Senior School:
  • Any student or staff member who, while at School, becomes unwell or displays symptoms potentially associated with COVID-19 must immediately report to sickbay and will be sent home.
  • The following actions are promoting COVID-safe living: 
    • Hand hygiene
    • Keeping 1.5m physical distance
    • Get tested when you have COVID-like symptoms and self-isolate

 www.healthdirect.gov.au/symptom-checker/tool/basic-details

COVID-19健康行动计划

Updated: 19 August 2020


How to wear face coverings

How to make a face mask

Face mask information


Return to Campus Model

What is Danebank's Return to Campus Model?

Danebank has chosen a blended learning model encompassing face-to-face teaching and learning, and distance learning on the days where students are not allocated a face-to-face learning day.

We believe this plan is optimal for student-learning and care during Term 2, as it enables the provision of the excellent teaching for which Danebank is known.

The blended model will mean that: 

  • Students who are learning on campus during their allocated “on-campus day or days” will be with their teachers, engaging in face-to-face learning,
  • Students who are learning from home will continue to engage in distance learning, and
  • Students who need to be on campus on days other than their allocated face-to-face day, will engage in distance learning whilst supervised by Danebank teaching staff. 

We have designed a phased return of girls using the Guiding Principles as outlined above.

The Return to On-Campus Learning Plan is organised in phases and outlines the specific teaching and learning arrangements and measures to be taken at each stage of gradual return. 

Over the term, we hope for the forward movement from Phase 0 to Phase 4. However, we do recognise that the COVID-19 crisis has been unpredictable and rapidly changing. So should circumstances change, we may be required to step back to a previous phase. Any changes will be communicated with you as soon as we are made aware of these. 

Please familiarise yourself with the Return to On-Campus Learning Plan so you are able to see and plan for what may happen in each phase.

Danebank’s Distance Learning Plan

Danebank 学校远程学习计划


Financially Difficult Circumstances

We do acknowledge and understand that this is a difficult time for some of our families. The financial impact may be challenging, both initially and in the aftershock of the crisis. We anticipate that the effects on our wider community, and particularly on many individual families, will be with us for some time.
 
As a School, we have no desire for any girl to have to leave our community during this period. We believe that, given the current uncertainty, now is not the time to make decisions that may have an adverse impact on your daughter’s education and wellbeing.
 
The Board of the Anglican Schools Corporation and the Danebank School Council, together with myself and the School Executive are actively considering how to best support families in maintaining their daughter’s enrolment at Danebank, should they face financial hardship. We understand that the full extent of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on some families may take some time to fully emerge. We ask for your continued patience as we consider these matters and determine the best way forward for our community.
 
To help us better understand the financial impact COVID-19 is having on families, we are inviting you to inform us of your current situation and/or expected need for assistance by contacting our Director of Finance and Operations, Ms Beth Ellerman: beth.ellerman@danebank.nsw.edu.au or 9580 1415.


What if a member of the Danebank community has been diagnosed with COVID-19?

What if a member of my household or workplace is suspected to have been in contact with someone who has been tested/diagnosed with COVID-19?

Will distance learning still be an option after full-time face-to-face learning recommences?

What if I choose to keep my daughter at home?

What is Danebank doing to aid the safety of students on campus?

Will Danebank be using temperature testing on campus?

Is the school canteen still operating?

Uniforms for Term 3

What if my daughter is in a high-risk health category?

What health and safety measures are in place at school?

Are student excursions, events and other off-campus activities taking place?

Transport

Ranier Uniform Shop

EXTEND (before and after school care)

What should I do if my child is sick?

What is close contact?

What is casual contact?

What is ‘self-isolation’?

What is the advice for overseas travel?

How to reduce the risk of infection

Distance learning on campus

Learning Support

Technology

What if the coronavirus news is causing you or your child anxiety?

Feelings of worry and unease can be expected during stressful events, such as the recent declaration of a global pandemic, however, it is important that we learn to manage our stress before it turns to more severe anxiety and panic. Read the reliable attached fact sheets from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Australian Psychological Society (APS) which outline useful strategies for helping children manage their stress during the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 FAQs for young children

For a COVID-19 information chart for young children please click here.


Overseas trips cancelled

Advice and Restrictions

NSW Government Advice: Help stop the spread of COVID-19

Please follow the advise from NSW Health regarding gatherings and travel.

Anyone could spread the virus, even without knowing. Together we can help stop the spread of COVID-19.


Temporary Closure of Campus Protocol

In the event of COVID-19 related disruptions to school operations during school hours, the link below describes the steps Danebank will follow to protect students and staff and communicate with parents. Families are asked to read this now and discuss the temporary closure evacuation plan with their children in advance, so as to clarify the family's plan for pick up and getting home. Click here to read the Temporary Closure of Campus Procedure

Social Distancing


The school canteen will continue to supply orders made through Munch Monitor.

  1. Enter the School ID: danebank
  2. Enter the School Password: munch2220
  3. Follow the steps to create an account

HSC Information and updates from NESA

We recommend going directly to the NESA COVID-19 page for the latest information. The NESA COVID-19 Response Committee will continue to meet weekly and provide updates and advise. Each week new decisions and advice will be provided. 

 

 

Mental health and COVID-19

During this time, it’s important to do things that help us to cope and maintain good mental health. Click here for simple things that can help us all to cope with the many changes we have had to make to the way we live, work and communicate.

NSW Government Mental Health link

Australian Government Coronavirus Information App

Stay up to date with official information and advice about the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the Ap will provide notofocations when urgent information and updates are published by the Government.

Download information available here.

COVIDSafe App

COVIDSafe app

The COVIDSafe app speeds up contacting people exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). This helps support and protect you, your friends and family.

Click here to read more and to download the app.

3 STEP FRAMEWORK FOR A COVIDSAFE AUSTRALIA