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We're Monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

At Kalamunda Christian School the health and wellbeing of our students is our first priority and we are monitoring the Coronavirus situation closely.

The Health Department is keeping schools up to date with any news about the virus in the interest of public health. If they advise of any changes to the level of risk, we will update parents accordingly.

Recent Updates

WA Education Position Updates about the Coronavirus can be accessed via the links below:

6 March 2020 Health Department Update for Schools
6 March 2020 Education Position Update
3 March 2020 Education Position Update

Further information about the virus can be accessed on the Health Department website.

What We’re Doing About the Coronavirus at KCS

Public commentary and media attention have contributed towards a heightened sense of anxiety about the Coronavirus. Whilst we need to remain aware and vigilant, public health authorities are advising that the current level of risk remains low in Western Australia. Our goal is to work together with our school community to remain calm, encourage good hygiene and minimise the potential for infection for students, families and staff.

As much as we want to protect our children from feeling stressed about the virus, we cannot protect them from being exposed to all the talk and discussion about it. Walking through a supermarket, with shelves empty of essential products, is enough to start questions and concerns.

We cannot ignore or make light of what children feel, and therefore we should let them express what they feel. It is in how we respond that will make the difference. At KCS, we decided not to initiate conversations on the topic, but to answer all questions age appropriately, openly and truthfully, and to the best of our knowledge.

We will endeavor to speak hope rather than doom and gloom and will guide the discussion to calm fears rather than allowing drawn-out conversations that could add to the concern.

If the topic comes up, this is the information that we will share with students (less detail depending on their age):

  • The Coronavirus is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) virus, and we are learning more about it every day.
  • The virus is like a cold, but it can affect the lungs in some cases.
  • To keep you safe: Simple hygiene is important such as washing hands and not touching your face after touching areas that could be carrying the virus.
  • The virus is a zoonotic virus – it started in sick animals, probably bats, and then infected humans (we won’t get it from our animals).
  • There have been similar viruses before that have been dealt with successfully (we won’t say how many people died as a result - just that it was stopped from spreading).
  • The strategies such as quarantine are based on experiences from before – on how to keep people safe and to prevent sick people from infecting others.

Maggie Dent has released a video blog giving good advice for parents on how to talk with their children about the virus. Click here for Maggie Dent’s vlog.

Teaching Hygiene

We are discussing hygiene in our classrooms in the context of it being a good strategy and precaution to prevent any illnesses, including this virus, from being transmitted. Posters in the classrooms will also remind students to wash hands regularly, with soap and water, or to use hand sanitiser. Unnecessary touching of their faces will be discouraged, and the use of the elbow method encouraged when coughing or sneezing. Hopefully, this occurrence will be minimalized as we hope that sick children will not be attending school when there is a chance of them infecting fellow students.

When to Keep Children at Home

This is a timely reminder that sicknesses can spread quickly at school, so if your child is unwell, please keep them at home. Children within our school with immune deficiencies are at risk if exposed to illness, and in some instances this may become life threatening.

Sicknesses that your child should be kept at home for include:

  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
  • A fever
  • A severe cough, constant sneezing or constant runny nose
  • Headache, muscle aches, exhaustion or weakness
  • A diagnosed, or suspected, communicable disease
  • If, for any other reason, your child is not well enough to participate in normal school activities

Please keep sick children at home until they are well again. In the case of diarrhoea, the Health Department advises to keep children home for at least 48 hours after the diarrhoea has ceased.

If your child is diagnosed with a communicable disease such as the Coronavirus, chicken pox or measles, please notify the school immediately.

Thank you for your continued support in helping to keep our school community healthy for our students, staff and families.