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Wyndham College

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Health and welfare

Coronavirus - General Advice

NSW Government schools are open and all students must return to school for face to face learning. Please speak to the Principal if students have specific needs or exemptions. Refer to the guides for a managed return to school in our news features on this Website.

For the students who are accessing the school campus please remember:

• People who have been in contact with any confirmed Novel Coronavirus cases must be isolated in their home for 14 days following exposure.

• Returned travellers from overseas must be isolated in their home for 14 days after leaving, other than for seeking individual medical care.

Students and staff currently excluded from school are those who:

• over the last 14 days have been overseas. They should not return to school or child care services for a period of 14 days after returning home, as the coronavirus’ incubation period can be as long as two weeks or
• are under medical assessment or
• have been diagnosed with the Novel Coronavirus or
• have had close contact with a confirmed case of the Novel Coronavirus. The Ministry of Health has processes in place to identify any close contacts of cases confirmed in Australia.

In addition The NSW Ministry of Health and NSW Department of Education have recommended that:

Students who returned to Australia more than 14 days ago and have shown no symptoms are able to return to school.

Consistent with current guidelines, staff and students who are unwell with respiratory illness should remain at home until symptoms resolve. In accordance with our current practice if any child becomes unwell we will implement our infection control guidelines and follow the advice provided by the Ministry of Health as appropriate.


Coronavirus - Actions

Stay home if you are sick
The health and safety of our students and staff is paramount. If you are unwell with respiratory illness, you should remain at home until symptoms resolve and, where appropriate, seek advice from a medical practitioner (and call ahead first). Remember to also clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20-seconds with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.  

Support good hygiene in schools
Staff and students will practice good hygiene throughout the school community including:

  • Promoting hand sanitation and/or washing
  • Promoting cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Reinforcing hygiene rules e.g. to discourage touching face

Children with chronic medical conditions or immunosuppression may be at increased risk of disease. Special arrangements for these children, such as home-based study where their learning can be done uncompromised will be supported. We suggest that a plan be developed in consultation with their healthcare provider.

In the school environment Wyndham College will:

  • Maintain regular and enhanced cleaning for high touch surfaces
  • Use of outdoor settings where possible
  • Increase ventilation in classrooms
  • Enhanced hygiene and screening for illness among food preparation and canteen staff.

Social Distancing
Social distancing strategy will be implemented from Monday 16 March 2020, to support ongoing school and corporate operations.

School assemblies
From Monday 16 March 2020, schools will be looking at alternative ways to communicate with students and parents other than through school assemblies.  Please read daily notices in Sentral, Google Classrooms, School Emails, Wyndham College Facebook page, Website etc...

School excursions
All school excursions outside of the school’s local community should be cancelled until further notice.
All overnight excursions and school camps should be cancelled until further notice. 

Activities and events
All major Arts, Sports and Initiative activities and events will temporarily be ceased until further notice. This includes whole school sporting events and inter-school events involving three or more schools. Local inter-school sport and other activities can proceed, but we ask organisers to ensure that as best as possible, reasonable precautions are taken.

Conferences, seminars and gatherings
Schools and corporate staff should not be arranging or attending large conferences or educational seminars. This is part of our plan to reduce non-essential activity so we can focus on frontline services.
 
Travel
The Australian Government now advises all Australians to stay at home and not travel at this time. Regardless of the destination, your age or health, if travel is not essential, you should consider carefully whether now is the right time to leave your home.

Students with Special Needs
Students with special needs may need extra support with understanding COVID-19 and working or staying at home. Please click here for some support resources.

I want to assure you we continue to work closely with NSW Health and related Australian Government agencies to make sure appropriate measures are in place to support students and staff working in our schools and workplaces across the state.


Managing complex health needs

An individual health care plan is developed by the well-being team for each student with complex health needs. The plan supports students with severe asthma, type 1 diabetes, epilepsy, anaphylaxis and those at risk of an emergency or requiring the administration of specific health care procedures. Please provide the school with the relevent documentation to help complete a health care plan if your child requires one. 

Allergies

If your child has been diagnosed with an allergy or allergies, it is important that you tell the school as soon as you become aware of it, or if your child's allergy changes. If your child is diagnosed at risk of an anaphylactic reaction an individual health care plan is developed that includes strategies to minimise the risk of a severe allergic reaction.

Infectious diseases

There are many infectious diseases that affect children and young people. Please contact the school immediately if you believe your child has contracted an infectious illness.

Schools and parents should contact their local health network for advice regarding infectious diseases.

Meningococcal

The NSW Health Department would like parents to be aware of the dangers of meningococcal - be aware, not alarmed. 

Click on this link for all the information about what to do if you suspect a students has meningococcal which include: 

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted on Precinct grounds. This includes teachers, parents, students and visitors to all institutions located on the Precinct.

There is a no smoking policy applying on all excursions or any occasion where students are representing the college off campus. 

Please speak to a member of the well-being team if you need help to quit smoking. or call the quitline on 12 7848


Managing student welfare

Student welfare is of major importance at Wyndam College and we endeavor to provide an environment that is safe and supportive for all. Please contact the Well-being team for support.

Security

The Precinct employs a private security firm to guard the grounds and are located in the guard house at the entrance to the Precinct. To contact campus security please phone 02 9852 4001.

Security of classrooms, storerooms and buildings are the responsibility of individual teachers. Classrooms are locked at the conclusion of each lesson. Executive staff have been trained in the use of the alarm system.

Legal Aid

There is a free civil law clinic at High Street Youth Health Service in Harris Park provided by Legal Aid NSW. Please refer to the Legal Aid NSW Law check-up for young people – it’s a guide to assist with identifying if a student or family has any civil law matters and could benefit from seeking legal advice or referral.

Contact High Street Youth Health Service on 8860 2500 for further information or to make an appointment.

Mental Health

Mental health issues are often a significant cause of student absence from school, particularly in Years 11 and 12 as the HSC workload increases.

Our well-being team supports students by developing an individualised welfare plan that helps to manage conditions such as anxiety, depression, self harm, phobias, grief, trauma, stress and other issues.

Health promotion and mental ill-health prevention strategies may help build resilience and advance students’ knowledge and development of strategies for managing and improving their mental health.

Quick Links

  • Beyond Blue - support with anxiety, depression and suicide prevention 
  • Reachout -  helps under 25s with everyday questions through to tough times
  • Kidshelpline - free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.
  • Headspace - centres around Australia can help with mental and physical health, alcohol and other drugs, and work and study. Visits are free and confidential.
  • Child Safety Handbook - NSW Police Legacy produced this resource emphasising prevention.