COVID-19 – March 2020 Updates for Schools

Updates for Schools published in March 2020 on COVID-19

 

31 March – What do politicians and the media mean by “lockdowns” or “shutdowns”?  Check out the actual orders in our Briefing.

30 March – The Prime Minister has announced details of the Commonwealth Government’s JobKeeper Payment scheme, details in our Briefing.

29 March – The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) have updated their advice and now indicate that “Pregnant women should be considered a vulnerable or at-risk group”.   They go on to indicate that “Pregnant women are advised to avoid all non-essential travel. Generally speaking, it is safest to stay at home and to avoid public spaces. Reduce your use of public transport and work from home, if possible.”

29 March – School cleaning and COVID-19 information in our Briefing.

28 March – National Cabinet Statement on Schools is addressed in our Briefing.

26 March – Questions and Answers from the CSA COVID-19 Videoconference held 25 March are available here .

26 March – All States and Territories have now announced plans to the end of Term One, although further announcements may still be made.  The announcements include altering the dates, encouraging parents to keep children at home and/or having  limited supervision/pupil free days in the last week of term for [at least] Government schools, except for the ACT which announced three weeks of pupil-free days.  Across all jurisdictions provisions are still being made during those days for children of ‘essential workers’, a term loosely defined and largely any worker who needs to send their child to school, on school sites. 

We would encourage all schools to monitor what is happening in their State or Territory, with the possible exception of the ACT, and make similar arrangements.  In the ACT we understand that schools are well advanced in their provisions of alternative modes of education.

24 March – Details of the economic support being provided by the Australian Government are detailed in our Briefing.

24 March – Details of the regulatory and compliance changes being provided by the Australian Government are detailed in our Briefing.

23 March – Updates on announcements today from various State/Territory governments are available here .

 21 March – Questions and Answers from the CSA COVID-19 Videoconference held 20 March are available here.

20 March – we have been asked about preventative strategies for those who may be pregnant – the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) advises the following preventative measures:

  • Hand washing regularly and frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water?
  • Avoidance of anyone who is coughing and sneezing
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Social-distancing and reducing general community exposure
  • Early reporting and investigation of symptoms
  • Prompt access to appropriate treatment and supportive measures if infection is significant

18 March – The Prime Minister announced, following a meeting with all Premiers and Chief Ministers last night, a number of further measures in responding to coronavirus (COVID-19).  See the Media Statement here.

17 March – Special Update from CSA CEO here

17 March – Updated information on the copyright implication of remote and online learning is available on the SmartCopying website.

14 March – Australian Government Health Department videos released –

13 March – Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) Recommendation for public gatherings and testing have been released, and accepted by Government – restricting outdoor gatherings of more than 500 persons.

11 March –  the Smartraveller website is indicating that the same travel restrictions in place for China, Iran and South Korea will be put in place for Italy from 6pm on Tuesday 12 March.  Sample documents below may need to be updated accordingly.

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