Moama Anglican Grammar School taking proactive approach to coronavirus

By Anna McGuinness

MOAMA Anglican Grammar School has taken a proactive approach to the growing spread of coronavirus.

Five staff and 11 students were asked to leave school on Wednesday after presenting with cold or flu-like symptoms.

Moama Anglican Grammar School business manager Suzanna Barry said the school was following the instructions of NSW Health and the NSW Department of Education in relation to COVID-19 preparedness.

“No-one has been diagnosed with coronavirus, but members of the school community with flu-like symptoms should not be at school in order to contain possible spread of the virus,” Ms Barry said.

Symptoms include coughing, sore throat, sneezing, shortness of breath, fatigue or fever.

“Once they get the all clear from their doctor they can return.”

In an email to parents on Wednesday afternoon, principal Carmel Spry said the priority was the health and wellbeing of the school community.

“If students display flu-like symptoms while at school, we will isolate the student in sick bay and call parents to collect their child promptly,” Ms Spry said.

“Students should then present to a medical professional to be checked.

“If your son or daughter has a condition where their immune system is compromised, you should consider their individual circumstances and health prior to sending them to school.

“For any student who does not attend, we ask that parents continue to notify the school as normal.

“Any member of the community who has travelled to or transited through mainland China, Iran or The Republic of Korea should quarantine themselves for 14 days. Any member of the community who has been in close contact with anyone who has travelled to these areas and is displaying flu-like symptoms should also quarantine themselves for 14 days.

“We are also in the process of planning, should there be any confirmed cases in the community. We are working with other schools in the area as many of our students travel via bus.

“I appreciate these are uncertain times and information is changing rapidly and our priority is always the safety and wellbeing of every member of our community. We are grateful for the continued support of our community and respect that all schools and organisations are also navigating this ever-changing landscape,” Ms Spry said.