Coronavirus Update – Mar 3

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

As the Coronavirus continues to make headline news on a daily basis, I wish to update our community on the School’s ongoing preventative management of the infections disease.

Oakleigh Grammar is constantly monitoring the status of the spread of the virus, and continues to take advice from the relevant Government Health authorities.

At school we re-inforce with our students the necessity for good hygiene habits. In particular, the importance of washing hands thoroughly and regularly with soap, for at least 20 seconds all over the hands, followed by thoroughly drying hands with a clean, dry cloth or paper towel. This practice will assist in reducing the spread of all viruses including the common cold.

In addition, we do not encourage hand shaking when meeting and greeting friends, colleagues or families.

As a further line of defence we will encourage flu vaccination at the school for every staff member and age appropriate student. I also encourage you and your family to do the same through your local pharmacy or family GP.

In relation to the coming Easter holiday break, our International students have been advised they are not permitted to travel to China for obvious reasons.

Any staff members who have overseas travel plans for the coming Easter break have been mandated to report their travel plans to my office for monitoring, and possible quarantine on their return. I ask that you do the same by reporting your travel to your child’s relevant Head of School for monitoring and possible quarantine for your returning children.

At present the destinations under review include: China, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau, Iran, Italy, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. However, as this global health issue is rapidly changing, it is likely I may add to this list of monitored countries between now and the end of the term.

Many thanks for your diligence in assisting our students to understand the importance of good hygiene practices, and the efforts Oakleigh Grammar is taking for the health of our community at large.

Yours Sincerely,

Mark Robertson

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