Students should be at school unless:
they have a medical certificate which states that they are unable to return to school due to an ongoing medical condition and the expected timeframe they are currently unwell.
In accordance with advice from NSW Health, parents and carers are reminded NOT to send children to school if they are unwell, even if they have the mildest flu-like symptoms.
NSW Health has requested that schools encourage anyone who is unwell or has even mild flu-like symptoms, to arrange to be tested through their local medical practitioner or one of the COVID-19 clinics.
Students and staff with flu-like symptoms will need to be tested and provide a copy of a negative COVID-19 test result and be symptom-free before being permitted to return to school.
Students who do not undertake a COVID-19 test will not be permitted to return to school for a 10-day period. Additionally, they must be symptom-free for at least 3 days prior to returning to school.
Students who have seasonal allergic rhinitis or another condition that presents similarly to flu-like symptoms are still required to get tested for COVID-19 and return a negative test result. Where their symptoms continue beyond 10 days, students should provide documentation from their GP confirming their symptoms are typical for their condition. If the student develops new or changed symptoms, they should get tested for COVID-19. Find more information about COVID-19 symptoms.
COVID-19 testing for students with complex health or disability may be challenging. In these situations, schools will ask the parent or carer to have their child assessed by their medical practitioner. Where a medical practitioner determines that a COVID-19 test is not required, documentation must be provided to the school to confirm that the student does not have symptoms that warrant a COVID-19 test. The certificate must also indicate that the student is able to return to school.
IGS continues to be vigilant when implementing infection control, physical distancing and personal hygiene protocols to protect the health and safety of students and staff. At IGS we promote the need to follow good hygiene practices such as:
- regularly washing hands
- avoiding sharing drinks or food
- coughing or sneezing into your elbow, or a tissue which should be discarded immediately.
Students will be supported to learn from home in the following circumstances:
- If they are required to self-isolate due to being a close contact of a positive or suspected COVID-19 case
- Where the school is directed under public health advice to only remain operational for children of essential workers if an outbreak of COVID-19 was to arise in the local area.
A reminder to parents that they are not to enter onto the school grounds unless a prior arrangement has been with a member of staff.
In all circumstances parents and visitors to the school must register their attendance on school premises at Reception by signing in using the NSW Health provided QR code.
Thank you for helping us keep IGS a safe school environment for all our students and staff.
Deputy Principal Students and Campus Life
Child Care Subsidy: family income confirmation required
As part of Child Care Subsidy (CCS) balancing, the Australian Government requires families to confirm their income.
For the 2018 to 2019 financial year, families need to do this by 31 March 2021.
The Government extended this deadline from 30 June 2020 to 31 March 2021 because of COVID-19.
Services Australia is sending letters to families this week reminding them to confirm their 2018 to 2019 income.
If your income is not confirmed by 31 March 2021 your CCS will stop.
If you confirm your income after 31 March, your CCS can start again but it won’t be back paid.
We encourage you to read the letter you may have received from Services Australia. There’s also a fact sheet.
If you have any questions, please contact Services Australia directly.
PTF Year 5 parent rep welcome
The Year 5 parent representatives invite you to connect with them. Please click here for more.
IGS is following advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and NSW Health on how to best manage hygiene and wellbeing in a school setting. View more IGS COVID Safe details here.