How are Canberra schools made COVID-safe? | The Canberra Times

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ACT students went back to school this week for what promises to be the last few weeks of distance learning. School systems have planned ways they can make campuses safer and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission when students gradually return. Here are some of the ways in which the school is adapting to the current phase of the COVID-19 outbreak. Masks will be mandatory for year 7 to 12 students and all school staff on campus. They are allowed to take it off to eat and drink, communicate with someone who is hard of hearing, exercise vigorously when alone or in an emergency. Children ages 3 to 6 are encouraged to wear a mask at the discretion of their parents or caregivers, but this is not mandatory. Children in preschool to year 2 should not wear a mask as it poses a choking hazard and is likely to be used incorrectly. Some students with disabilities may not be able to wear a mask. Ventilation is an important aspect to reduce the risk of airborne transmission of the virus in indoor spaces. The Australian Health Principal Protection Committee (AHPPC) has said that improved ventilation, either by opening windows and doors or through well-designed and maintained HVAC systems, should be used in conjunction with other infection control measures. About 400 high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters were installed to keep forest fire smoke out of schools. Another 80 CO2 screens for 30 schools have been purchased to return to the school, which would bring the total number of schools with the units to 65. READ MORE: ACT Education Minister Yvette Berry said the current advice from the AHPPC was that HEPA – filters were not necessary if the air flow through the schools was sufficient. “If the health counseling changes that we have to deliver [HEPA filters], then we will definitely consider them, but we have all systems in place right now. “The Minister of Education said that if there was a positive case of COVID-19 at a school site, a response team would be set up to collect information for contact tracing. for the virus. “Earlier we saw the ACT health chief classify the whole school as a close contact point, but part of the plan to go back to school is about keeping students and different age groups as separate as possible so the reaction can be different in these circumstances, “said Mrs. Berry. Of course, we communicate directly with families about tests and quarantine claims as it arises. “In previous school-based exposures, staff and students have been referred to be tested at specific times and at specific test centers. It is likely that schools will be completely or partially closed for cleaning, but it is hoped that longer school closures will be avoided. ACT is also looking at Schools will look for ways to reduce mixing between cohorts, so if there is a positive case, the number of close contacts will be kept to a minimum. Lunch breaks can be shifted and canteens can be changed. Visitors to the school’s sites will be restricted while excursions, contact sports and camps are kept on hold. not used by students.Activities that generate aerosols, including singing and playing on blowers, should be performed outside.In general, parents do not permission to pick up or drop off their child on the school premises, unless there is an in / out procedure for outside school hours or early childhood benefits. Some parents are reluctant to let their children return to the classroom because they or someone in their household has a health condition that makes them more vulnerable to the virus. Ms Berry said parents in that situation should talk to their school if they want to keep children at home. “The education of young people will be different from what they are experiencing now because we cannot expect teachers to offer both distance learning and on campus at the same time.” It is just unfair of us to expect that from this teaching professionals, but what we can do is support these families to ensure that they and the young people are supported as much as possible. “Students in years 3 and over who stay home for medical reasons have access to work via Google Classroom and preschool for year 2 is taught in the Directorate of English, Mathematics and another learning area every day of the week. However, the Directorate of Education wants the majority Pfizer announced positive results from its first trial in children aged five to 11. They received a lower dose of the vaccine, which was well tolerated with similar side effects as 16- to 25-year-olds, but the study had a relatively small cohort of 2268 participants.More results are expected by the end of this year.A trial of the Moderna vaccine is also underway.It will be up to the Therapeutic Goods Administration in Australia to approve a vaccine for younger children. then the best way to protect under 12 years of age is for the people around them to be vaccinated to reduce the risk of infection and contagion of the virus. The realities of this outbreak of COVID-19 in ACT and lockdown are free for all to access. However, we rely on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you can, you can subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support. You can also sign up for our regular newsletter. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how to continue accessing our trusted content:

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