Throughout the week, we have been closely monitoring the increase in COVID cases throughout Brisbane. This is something we are constantly assessing as our school term progresses.
It is prudent during an increase in local transmissions in Brisbane that we ensure a common knowledge on some terms we may start to use. The Anglican Schools Commission has provided some clarity around this to share with you.
What is a close contact? Qld Health defines close contacts as ‘people who have had face-to-face contact with a confirmed or probable case for more than 15 minutes in total over the course of a week. For example, having three chats of five minutes each over seven days is considered 15 minutes total contact. Close contacts are also people who have shared an enclosed space with a confirmed or probable case for more than two hours. This contact period is counted from 48 hours before the start of the person’s symptoms’.
What if my child feels unwell? As per normal circumstances, anyone who feels unwell is required to stay away from school. This is especially true for COVID-19 or other flu-like symptoms no matter how mild. Where COVID-19 symptoms are being experienced, Qld Health advises the person immediately self-isolates and has a COVID-19 test.
What if my child has been in a Qld Health identified hot spot or contact tracing area? Qld Health recommends anyone who has been present at a hot spot location is to immediately quarantine and contact 13HEALTH (ph 13 432 584). Further, if you have been present at a location on a date and time Qld Health is contact tracing; please follow Qld Health directives including having a COVID-19 test if you develop any symptoms.
What do I do if my child or their close contact returns a COVID-19 positive result and/or Qld Health has instructed the person to self-isolate/quarantine? Qld Health advises ‘if you have been in close contact with someone who has been confirmed as having COVID-19, you need to quarantine. This is for 14 days from when you were last in contact with them. If you become unwell during that period, see a doctor immediately’.
Throughout this time and until the end of the COVID-19 emergency we will continue to enact the following:
Please be aware that a section of the Glennie Portal has been dedicated to COVID-19-related communication. It addresses processes and expectations around illness, testing and precautionary measures. Please read the information on this page and know that we continue to update the page as government health advice changes.