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 have provided learning from home programs for all students when required and have remained open for children of emergency workers and vulnerable children. 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.