COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)
The health and safety of all John Paul College students, parents, staff and the wider community is at the heart of all decisions made by JPC. To build a culture of precaution, we have developed a COVID-19 online resource to provide information in caring for your family and our JPC community.
Culture of Precaution
COVID-19 infections are transmitted in a manner similar to many cases of flu and respiratory illnesses, through droplets in the air from a cough or sneeze. Commons symptoms include fever (37.5 degrees or more) and sore throat. Parents, visitors and contractors are required to sign in, complete a COVID-19 health screening survey and have their temperature taken before coming on campus. For any members of the community with a temperature of 37.5 degrees or more, they will be asked to leave the College immediately for the safety of our community.
We ask our students to have increased awareness and practice of the following hygiene precautions:
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose or touching your face and after touching public surfaces. If this is not possible, students will be directed to use a hand sanitiser gel.
- Surfaces and high touchpoints are cleaned regularly by JPC staff to reduce the risk of infection.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze by using a tissue that you immediately throw into a bin or by covering your face with your elbow (bent arm) if no tissue is available. Do not cough or sneeze into the open air or into your hands. Wash your hands with soap and water, immediately afterwards for a minimum of 20 seconds.
- In the College, social distancing (1.5m) is to be adhered to by adults. This standard will also be adopted where practical between other community members.
- If you have not already done so, please consider getting a flu shot. The flu is an ongoing concern and will become more prevalent as we change seasons.
- If your child is unwell, please keep them home.
- For children who develop flu/COVID-19 like symptoms, please:
- keep them at home
- avoid close contact with others such as touching, kissing or hugging, or any mass gatherings
- see a doctor or contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) immediately
- call ahead to the medical centre or doctor’s surgery, advising of your child’s symptoms
- do not return to the College until well i.e. no longer symptomatic or until a medical clearance confirming their fitness to return to campus is made available to the College.
Unwell students must remain at home and seek medical advice before returning to JPC for classes. Any unwell children will be sent home.
If your child has taken a COVID-19 test, your child must remain at home in self-quarantine until the test result is known and they are well i.e. no longer symptomatic and/or until a medical clearance confirming their fitness to return to campus is made available to the College.
Please use the standard absence procedures for advising the College of all self-quarantine and COVID-19 notifications.
Increased College Hygiene Measures
- Signs have been affixed in all bathrooms to encourage handwashing and make sure everyone remembers to practise good hand hygiene and illness prevention measures.
- Hand sanitiser stations will be placed throughout the College in teaching and play spaces.
- Increased cleaning is undertaken on high touch point surfaces throughout the day with an additional disinfectant clean undertaken by the College’s cleaning contractors at night.
- Mt Gravatt Bus Services (Translink Services) will also be disinfected regularly following a COVID-19 Safe plan. Students are encouraged to wash their hands after using any College bus services.
At this time, our current policy remains in place – a student will be sent home if unwell. Students exhibiting a fever will be required to stay at home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without medication. Each individual case of illness will need to be evaluated to ensure the health and safety of students, staff, and volunteers, and we have asked our nurses to use their judgment should a child exhibit symptoms they deem concerning, even in the absence of a fever.
- In the unusual event that a child or staff member is identified to have travelled to a COVID-19 hotspot (i.e. an area experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19) and has symptoms of respiratory illness (such as fever and cough), that person will be sent home and required to immediately seek medical assistance and self-quarantine pending the outcome of any COVID-19 pathology tests.
- Please refer to the all JPC Handbooks for detailed illness and communicable disease policies.
COVID-19 Online Resources, Fact Sheets and FAQ documents
Health and Hygiene – What is JPC doing to support our community?
How has the College addressed issues associated with COVID-19?
How are students informed of the changed practices?
What screening is in place to ensure that arrivals on-campus are well enough to be in attendance?
What cleaning is taking place?
How is the use of equipment managed?
What specific habits and behaviours are in place for students?
How will drop off/pick-up be managed?
What if there is a suspected case of COVID-19?