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 a newly-formed infectious disease which has been declared a pandemic and is anticipated to affect a proportion of Australia’s population.
The PMSA Group Office and our schools are managing the health and safety of students, families and our staff leveraging a number of strategies that are similar to the way we manage other communicable diseases. Each of our schools has developed and launched their own learning from home platforms which are now underway. Together with the schools, we will continue to monitor and follow advice from the Federal and State governments regarding learning delivery in Term 2.
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 coronavirus, each school will follow the advice and directions of government. If a school is directed to close temporarily due to an outbreak, the school will follow their existing 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.
More information for staff
If you are a staff member at one of our PMSA schools and would like more information about how to stay healthy and prevent illness or about leave and work arrangements and policies, please log onto the PMSA staff portal and see the information under risk. You can also contact your school or PMSA Group Executive – Quality and Risk, Erin Black on (07) 3371 0709 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information for our PMSA school community
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).
If you are a parent, a student or another member of our PMSA school community and would like more information, please read below, contact your school or PMSA Group Executive – Quality and Risk, Erin Black on (07) 3371 0709 or email@example.com.
Healthy practices factsheets
- Factsheet: Coronavirus – What you need to know
- Factsheet: General isolation guide and Home isolation guidance (suspected or confirmed cases)
- Factsheet: Information for close contacts of a confirmed case
- Factsheet: Returning to your community
Health and education update links
- Health updates: Queensland Health and Federal Department of Health
- Education updates: Department of Education (QLD) and Department of Education Skills and Training
- Global health updates: World Health Organisation
- Travel advice: smartraveller.gov.au and Federal Department of Home Affairs