child safeguarding and wellbeing
One of the PMSA’s key roles is to support our schools to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students, staff and volunteers are always first priority. The PMSA is genuinely committed to contemporary practice and culture, extending beyond compliance requirements and works with schools to manage risks.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an infectious disease which was declared a pandemic across the world in March 2020 and has significantly impacted Australia’s society and economy.
The PMSA Group Office and our PMSA schools are proactively managing the health and safety of students, families and our staff by leveraging a number of COVID-19 safe strategies. These include increased hygiene practices across the day and boarding schools and social distancing practices that are in line with government requirements.
School opening and management
To manage the continuation of students’ learning during this time, each of our schools has developed their own learning from home platforms which have been highly successful.
Our schools have been following the government advice to provide learning from home programs for all students until Friday 8 May and have remained open for children of emergency workers and vulnerable children. On Monday 11 May, Prep, Year 1 and Year 11 and 12 students returned to classroom learning at school. On Monday 25 May, all remaining students will return to classroom learning at school. The government will continue to review this and together with the schools, we will continue to monitor and follow advice from the Federal and State governments regarding school opening and learning delivery.
The PMSA Board is extremely grateful for the exceptional work that our Principals, school staff and Group Office staff are doing to respond to these unprecedented challenges, as teachers and school staff remain on the front line for the good of the community.
To manage any cases of COVID-19 within our schools, each school will follow the advice and directions of health authorities. If a school is directed to close temporarily due to an outbreak, the school will follow their emergency management school closure plans specific to the site, students and location of that individual school and communicate this clearly with the community. When the school is deemed able to re-open, the school will communicate through standard methods including email and social media.
PMSA staff information
Looking after the health and safety of our school staff is the PMSA’s top priority. To support staff during this time, the PMSA has developed information for staff about how to stay healthy and prevent illness. We have also developed new policies about leave and work arrangements.
To find out more information, please log onto the PMSA staff portal and see the information under risk. You can also contact your school or PMSA Group Office on (07) 3371 0709.
For risk-related issues, you may contact Group Executive – Quality and Risk, Erin Black on email@example.com. For human resources issues, you may contact Group Executive – Human Resources, Susan Lindsay on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone, who is unwell with symptoms including fever, cough and sore throat should consult the below health departments or their doctor:
- The National Coronavirus Health Information Line is open 24/7 on 1800 020 080 to provide public health and situation information.
- For symptom or medical advice contact Healthdirect on 1800 022 222 (Monday–Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturdays 8am to 5pm, Sundays 9am to 5pm).