COVID-19 Update 27

Revised Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Dear Kuyper Families,

We approach the beginning of Term 2 knowing that this next season may have ongoing obstacles to overcome, challenges to face and situations we need to manage. However, our life journey is not one we do alone. We have the goodness of family and friends. More importantly, we have a God who knows us deeply and knows our joys and pain. 

Personally, having just suffered  COVID for the first time, I now know what all the fuss is about; it was not a great experience. This term, we will be continuing our vigilance and protective measures at school to reduce illness and minimise staff and student absences. 

The ongoing lifting of restrictions is a positive start to Term 2. Significantly, household contacts of a person with COVID-19 are no longer required to isolate. This change will mean considerably less disruption to learning for families when one member becomes ill.

The NSW Health Household and Close Contact Guidelines require students, staff members and visitors to notify the school if they are a household/close contact.

Students who are household contacts of a person with COVID-19 are required to RAHT test each day before coming to school, and students 12 years and older must wear a mask indoors while at school.

Whilst instances of COVID remain prevalent in our local community, staff and Secondary students are required to wear masks indoors until further notice. We request that parents visiting the school grounds also wear a mask indoors.

Masks must still be worn by all students aged 12 years and older travelling to and from school and during school excursions on public or private transport services, including the Kuyper Coach.

Masks are recommended for students, staff and visitors who have recovered from COVID-19, completed their 7-day isolation period and are no longer showing symptoms for an additional 3 days (from days 8 – 10 after receiving a positive COVID-19 result).

We strongly encourage all students to administer a RAHT before returning to school on Tuesday, 26 April, and any other time symptoms occur. If you need more RAHT kits, please contact the Office.

Positive COVID cases are still required to isolate. Refer to the NSW Health Advice for guidelines regarding self-isolation. Any student who returns a positive RAHT must also notify the school and record the positive RAHT result through the Service NSW website or Service NSW app.

Parents are reminded that students displaying COVID-19 symptoms cannot attend school, even if a negative RAHT result has been returned. Symptomatic individuals must not attend school until symptoms have resolved. Any student with other medical reasons for recurrent symptoms must provide the school with a letter from their GP.

Hybrid learning remains available for students who are required to isolate due to COVID-19 but are still well enough to work. Refer to our School@Home webpage for details.

We will continue to review these measures as the term progresses.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, 26 April.

Ian Shaw

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