Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Our response to COVID-19

We continue to work through our response plan to COVID-19 and are closely monitoring advice from the Government. There have been no cases in the school community.

We have decided the most responsible thing to do is to suspend classes for the final two weeks of Term 1 and recommence studies after the mid-semester break on Monday 20 April.

Teaching staff are working through how missed content might be delivered later in the semester. We will be in contact with you via email with further instructions. This will be reviewed if a longer closure is required.

Administration remains open. If there are things at school you need to come and collect, you can do so. Remember to observe social distancing practices and regular handwashing, both on your journey here and when on campus. Limiting the amount of time you are on campus will help Facilities to keep the place clean. Admin will continue to be contactable by phone and email throughout the closure period. Don’t worry about returning library books.

All assessment deadlines are postponed until after 20 April. If you have completed essays or presentations for Art History & Theory or Contemporary Studio Practice and want to hand them up, you may do so (email is preferable) – but be aware, your lecturer may not mark it until after 20 April. You may keeping working on your current projects off campus if you want, but there is absolutely no expectation that you do so. Classes are suspended until 20 April. There will be no academic penalty for ceasing all study as of 18 March.

Central Artist Supplies remains open Monday to Friday 8.30am – 4.00pm. Greg is largely dependent on our school community for his business. He is able to take orders over the phone, which can be picked up in drive-by fashion from his doorway. If you can, please support this friendly and very local business during this time. Greg can be contacted via phone on 8271 6912 or email mail(at)centralartistsupples.com.au.

COVID-19 Information

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can make humans and animals sick. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus.

Wednesday 11 March, The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China.

Symptoms

Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly. People with coronavirus may experience:

  • fever
  • flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue
  • shortness of breath

How it spreads

Transmission of COVID-19 is through contact with respiratory droplets containing the virus, produced when an infectious individual coughs or sneezes. As a consequence, individual behaviour is key to containing spread of the virus, and involves taking personal responsibility for measures, such as regular hygiene practices, early self-isolation and personal social distancing.

Basic protective measures against Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Use a tissue and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell

If you think you have COVID-19

If you are sick and think you have symptoms of COVID-19, seek medical attention. If you want to talk to someone about your symptoms first, call the Coronavirus Health Information Line for advice: 1800 020 080.

To seek medical help from a doctor or hospital, call ahead of time to book an appointment.

You will be asked to take precautions when you attend for treatment. Follow the instructions you are given.

If you have a mask, wear it to protect others. Stay at least 1.5 metres away from other people. Cover your coughs or sneezes with your elbow.

Tell the doctor about:

  • your symptoms
  • any travel history
  • any recent contact with someone who has COVID-19

Your doctor will tell you if you should be tested. They will arrange for the test.

You will only be tested if your doctor decides you meet the criteria:

  • You have returned from overseas in the past 14 days and you develop respiratory illness with or without fever
  • You have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the past 14 days and you develop respiratory illness with or without fever
  • You have severe community-acquired pneumonia and there is no clear cause
  • You are a healthcare worker who works directly with patients and you have a respiratory illness and a fever

If you're concerned

Call the Coronavirus Health Information Line for advice. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

Head to Health

The Head to Health website provides links to trusted Australian mental health online and phone supports, resources and treatment options. It also has online programs and forums, as well as a range of digital information resources.

Using the search page, you can navigate to various resources and services for help if you’re experiencing mental health concerns, or trying to support someone else. If you’re not sure where to start, you can also use Sam the Chatbot. Sam provides tailored recommendations on information and services that best suit your needs.

Support services

Home isolation, quarantine periods and/or the spread of COVID-19 can be stressful and may leave you feeling concerned. There are a range of support services available, including talking to a councillor or other mental health professional.

Some of the support services available are listed below:

Support services

Phone

 

Lifeline

131114

 

Beyond Blue

1300 224 636

 

MensLine Australia

1300 789 978

 

Kids Helpline

1800 551 800       

 

headspace

1800 650 890       

 

ReachOut

 

 

Life in Mind

 

 

SANE forums

 

 

 https://www.health.gov.au/news/latest-statement-from-the-australian-health-protection-principal-committee-ahppc-on-coronavirus-covid-19