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COVID-19: Information for BGGS Families

Please visit this page regularly for the latest BGGS updates about COVID-19.

Click here to view current exposure sites for COVID-19 (in Queensland) and relevant Queensland Health directives.

LATEST UPDATE

Friday 8 October 2021 | 4 pm

The Queensland Government has confirmed that from 4 pm today, Friday 8 October, some COVID-19 restrictions will ease.

From 4 pm today, South East Queensland will return to Stage Three restrictions.

Students are no longer required to wear face masks when seated in classrooms, and teachers can also remove their masks—if they are socially distanced—while teaching.

Students and staff will still need to wear their masks when travelling around the campus, and on public transport or in ride-share arrangements.

These restrictions will be reviewed on Friday 22 October.

For further information about current COVID-19 restrictions, please visit the Queensland Health website.

Updates from the School:

The Queensland Government has announced that mask-wearing restrictions will be tightened immediately due to four new cases of COVID-19.

Effective today, masks must be worn indoors at all times—including when seated—and when social distancing isn’t possible in outdoor settings. Students do not need to wear a mask when they are eating or drinking.

Students and teachers will need to wear their masks in classrooms, and when travelling throughout the School.

Students must continue to carry their masks with them at all times and wear them while accessing public transport or ride-share arrangements.

These restrictions will be in place for the next fortnight and must be followed by anyone who has been to the Local Government Areas of Brisbane and Moreton Bay since Sunday 19 September.

Please remember to regularly check exposure sites listed here.

For further information about current COVID-19 restrictions, please visit the Queensland Health website.

The Queensland Government has announced that some mask-wearing restrictions will ease from 4 pm today.

Masks must continue to be worn indoors; however, once students are seated in their classrooms, they can remove their masks. Teachers will also be able to remove their masks if they are seated, or when standing if they are 1.5 metres apart from other people.

Students will need to continue wearing their masks if they are outside and cannot physically distance (including travelling to and from classrooms) and while accessing public transport or ride-share arrangements.

Students must continue to carry their masks with them at all times.

These restrictions will remain in place until Friday 8 October.

For further information about current COVID-19 restrictions, please visit the Queensland Health website.

 

Students aged 12 years and over are invited to receive their COVID-19 vaccination at RBWH

Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) welcomes students aged 12 years and older, and their families, and teachers to attend RBWH to receive their COVID-19 vaccination. The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, along with vaccination locations across Queensland, are now operating with extended hours to ensure all Queenslanders have the opportunity to get vaccinated.

The RBWH COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic is open for booked appointments and walk-ins from 8 am-4.50 pm from Monday to Saturday, including during the school holidays. The clinic is located on Ground Floor, Ned Hanlon Building—next to the main Butterfield Street entrance to the Hospital.

Register your family to be vaccinated by visiting: Register to be Vaccinated (health.qld.gov.au).

The Queensland Government has confirmed that current mask-wearing restrictions will remain in place until 4 pm Friday 24 September.

Teachers and secondary school students must continue to wear their masks in classroom settings, and in any other indoor setting on the School campus.

Students will need to wear their masks on public transport or while accessing ride-share arrangements.

Mask wearing is only required outdoors if you cannot physically distance from people outside your household. You must still carry a mask with you at all times.

For further information about current COVID-19 restrictions, please visit the Queensland Health website.

As announced earlier today by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, mask-wearing restrictions will remain in place for secondary school students for another two weeks, at this stage.

This means students and staff will continue to wear their masks at school, including inside classrooms. Mask wearing is not required outside unless you cannot physically distance.

Students must also wear masks while travelling on public transport to and from the School.

At this stage, the Queensland Government will review restrictions every two weeks.

Thank you to staff and students for adhering to COVID restrictions, and helping to keep our community safe.

For further information, view the Queensland Health website.

Earlier today, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that some COVID-19 restrictions will ease in South East Queensland from 4 pm Friday 20 August.

From 4 pm Friday, masks will no longer be required outdoors, unless you cannot physically distance (though you must carry one with you). Mask wearing will still be required indoors. Secondary school students must continue wearing masks while indoors (including in classroom settings) for another week.

Students will need to wear masks on public transport or in ride share arrangements.

For further information about COVID-19 requirements, please visit the Queensland Health website.

Deputy Principal, Mrs Anne Ingram, will email all families later this week with more information about arrangements for next week.

If your daughter has received a negative Day 12 Test and your household has completed the conditions of 14 day quarantine, she may return to school tomorrow.

Please complete the Met North Health Quarantine Release Form (here: https://j.mp/3fVhHyn) to assist Queensland Health to reconcile their data.

The School DOES NOT, however, require a copy of the confirmation letter that is generated.

We have just been advised that over the weekend Met North Public Health Unit will be reconciling the BGGS community’s data.

Please do this

If you were at BGGS on 30 July 2021 between the hours of 8am and 8.30pm, please complete the quarantine release form from Met North Public Health Unit to assist them to reconcile their data sets.

Every member of your household should complete the release form.

Why?

Although Staff and Students do not need the confirmation letter (that will be generated and emailed to you after completing the release form) to return to School, completing the release form will reduce the likelihood of MNPHU texting you on Sunday (as part of their reconciliation process) if there are any anomalies in the data.

 

Correction to Queensland Health Advice

Queensland Health has just advised that, contrary to their written advice earlier today, you do not need a letter to exit quarantine at 11.59 pm tonight, so long as you have met the other exit requirements (14 days’ quarantine and negative Day 12 test).

Therefore, the School encourages you to complete the release form but it will not be a requirement to return to the campus for staff or students.

Return to School Information

Dear BGGS community

Queensland Health has shared the following important information with the School this morning. All individuals currently in mandatory home quarantine must complete this form in order to leave quarantine at 11.59 pm this evening.

In summary:

  • A form must be submitted for all individuals in quarantine (including children)
  • Until you have received your quarantine release form, you must stay at home
  • Staff and students must submit their quarantine release form to the School prior to returning to campus.
  • Staff and student release forms should be sent to releaseforms@bggs.qld.edu.au
  • If you cannot complete the form, please email: MNPHUQuarantineRelease@health.qld.gov.au

Please note: Queensland Health advise there may be significant delays, of many hours, in quarantine release forms being received after completing the online form. Therefore, we recommend you complete your form as soon as possible.

This release form may be provided to Centrelink to access Pandemic Disaster Leave payments.

The latest and current advice from Queensland Health regarding close and secondary contacts is contained in this letter:  https://www.bggs.qld.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/BGGS-COVID-Update-3-Aug-2021.pdf

 

Information from Queensland Health—End of home quarantine

Brisbane Girls Grammar School has been working closely with Metro North Public Health Unit (MNPHU) to facilitate a smooth, safe transition back to school for our staff, students and school community.

As you know, we are scheduled to reopen on Monday 16 August 2021.

Your release date from quarantine is available on the latest letter provided to you by the school from MNPHU (https://www.bggs.qld.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/BGGS-COVID-Update-3-Aug-2021.pdf)

 

For Staff and students to return to school, you will need to ensure that all of the following has been adhered to:

A quarantine release form has been made available to you today for you to fill out to confirm the above. The online form is: Metro North Health Quarantine Release Form (office.com) The form must be completed for each individual in the quarantined household. As Queensland Health processes your form, you may receive automated text messages.

Please also review the Queensland Health contact tracing exposure site list to ensure you haven’t had a subsequent exposure before entering quarantine:

https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/contact-tracing#QLD

Staff and students must provide evidence of the home quarantine release form to re-enter the School campus. Please email this form to releaseforms@bggs.qld.edu.au

If you are unable to complete the form, you will need to stay at home and seek advice from MNPHU by submitting an email to: MNPHUQuarantineRelease@health.qld.gov.au

 

Returning to school

Just like in all other schools in South East Queensland, there will be health restrictions to guide Girls Grammar’s operations and here is a quick summary of these for you:

Facemasks and visitors on site

  • Parents and carers will not be able to come on site. The school will have arrangements in place to support all student’s transition back.
  • Anyone on school premises is required to wear a mask.
  • All staff will wear a face mask at all times, including when teaching.
  • All students are required to wear a face mask when at school or travelling to and from school.
  • While students should arrive at school with a mask, we have received adequate supplies and are able to provide masks if any students require one. Students will also be able to collect additional masks from buildings across the campus including Academic Administration, the Health Centre, Student Reception and Level 1, Cherrell Hirst Creative Learning Centre.
  • Some students may experience anxiety or sensory sensitivities with regards to wearing a mask. Staff will support students and make reasonable adjustments where necessary. Parents and/or students do not need a medical certificate to prove they have a reason for not wearing a face mask. Any concerns about students not wearing a mask should be discussed with your child’s teacher.

 

A letter from Queensland Health (Metro North) about Day 12 testing facilities can be found here.

The School’s factsheet sent yesterday provides detailed information about the walk-in testing centre at BGS/BGGS and the drive-through testing facility at RNA Showgrounds: Brisbane Girls Grammar School (bggs.qld.edu.au)

You may prefer to access a testing centre that is more convenient for your family. Please visit the Queensland Health website for details.

Last night, the Girls Grammar School community, and many beyond it—including future Grammar girls and their families and those providing very important services to our School—were contacted by Queensland Health.

They were advised that if they were at BGGS between 8 am and 8.30 pm on Friday 30 July they are considered close contacts of a student who tested positive to COVID-19 and are now required to quarantine until midnight on Friday 13 August.

Please read the full letter from Principal, Ms Jacinda Euler, here.

Dear BGGS community

  • One parent and one student have tested positive to COVID, as confirmed by Qld Health.
  • One teacher has tested positive, according to the Deputy Premier’s advice at a press conference this morning.

Queensland Health have now updated their advice.

In summary, anyone who was on our Spring Hill campus between 8 am and 8.30 pm on Friday 30 July is considered a close contact and must quarantine with their household until 11.59 pm on Friday 13 August.

Please see the latest letter from Queensland Health, with information and advice, here

Dear BGGS community

On Saturday, the School was advised that a parent had tested positive to COVID -19. They had, unknowingly, attended the School from 5.25pm – 8.30pm on Friday 30 July.

Today, we were advised that a student has tested positive and that student was at School from 8am– 6pm on Friday 30 July.

A detailed letter from Queensland Health is included for your information (below). Please note, they have reduced the timeframe advised earlier this afternoon.

In summary:

– If you were at Brisbane Girls Grammar School at any time between 8 am and 6 pm on Friday 30 July you are a close contact and must get tested and quarantine with your household. Please refer to the Queensland Health letter for specific information and instructions.

– If you visited these areas at these times (see below), you are a close contact and must get tested and quarantine with your household. Please refer to the Queensland Health letter for specific information and instructions.

  • 18:00 – 18:45 Main entrance area – queue for food vans – this includes the fairy floss stall, the coffee cart and the bake stall
  • 18:45 – 19:05 Level 1 Strings Room, Creative Learning Centre – this is the room with string instruments along the walls and string ensembles performed
  • 19:15 – 19:45 New Science Learning Building – this relates to the four floors of specialist science classrooms and laboratories, not the general purpose areas below

– If you attended Open Day from 6 pm to 8.30 pm, but did not visit the areas listed above at the specified times, you are a casual contact. Please refer to the Queensland Health letter for specific information and instructions.

The official communication from Queensland Health provides the latest advice for families here.

The School will now be cleaned and we will then advise staff, students and families when they may return to the campus to collect personal belongings. This will not, however, be until Wednesday, at the earliest.

Our teachers are prepared to provide education remotely to our students for as long as required.

Dear Parents,

For clarification.  There are two date errors in the attached letter from Queensland Health.  It should be Wednesday 11th and Friday 13th.

  • If you were on our BGGS Spring Hill campus on Friday 30 July during the time period 5.25pm and 8.30pm you are considered a casual contact and must get tested and isolate until you return a negative result.
  • If you were at one of the areas listed below, at these particular times, you are considered a close contact and must quarantine (as per the directions in the attached letter).
  • 17:35 – 17-50 ‘Annie Mackay’ Room in the Main Building – this is the large room at the centre of our historic building where Enrolments, IT and the Old Girls Association were located
  • 17:50 – 18:00 Level 1 Band Room, Creative Learning Centre – this is the largest performance room where the band ensembles performed
  • 18:00 – 18:45 Main entrance area – queue for food vans – this includes the fairy floss stall, the coffee cart and the bake stall
  • 18:45 – 19:05 Level 1 Strings Room, Creative Learning Centre – this is the room with string instruments along the walls and string ensembles performed
  • 19:15 – 19:45 New Science Learning Building – this relates to the four floors of specialist science classrooms and laboratories (Levels 4 to 7), not the general purpose areas below

 

Please also note the following new location, as listed on the Queensland Health website:

Read the Queensland Health Letter here.

Dear Parents,

Tomorrow, Monday, our students will have a day of independent learning and our Girls Grammar community will have some space to adjust to the current situation.

  • It will be an opportunity for all in our community to get tested for COVID-19—we know this is taking quite some time at the moment.
  • It will be a day of independent learning for our students. Deputy Principal, Mrs Anne Ingram, will email the girls to direct them to continue with their studies, utilising the resources of Minerva to revise, read ahead and complete academic tasks.
  • It will be a day for our families to work through the implications for them, depending upon their particular circumstances. Therefore, our students will have work to go on with via Minerva and this will provide a focus and sense of direction, but they will not be required to ‘attend’ classes. We trust this will provide some flexibility for our families as they go for COVID testing and juggle other family logistics, particularly those families who are required to quarantine.

Additional information, particularly in relation to students collecting personal belongings from their lockers, will be provided tomorrow.

The School will deliver remote learning on Tuesday and beyond, if required. We are preparing for the likelihood of an extended period of remote learning, and further information will be provided in due course.

The following information has now been received from Queensland Health: read the letter.

Dear Parents

A parent in our School community has tested positive for COVID-19. The parent, unknowingly, attended Open Day on Friday.

We expect to receive more information from Queensland Health later today, and will share that with you as soon as possible.

Please continue to refer to the Queensland Health website for up-to-date information about exposure sites.

Our advice to the community remains that all students, staff and parents should continue to isolate until further notice. We would also encourage you to get tested.

Visitors to the school on Open Day are asked to refer to the Queensland Health website for additional information.

Dear Parents

The South East Queensland region will enter a three-day lockdown from 4 pm today, Saturday 31 July until 4 pm, Tuesday 3 August. As a result, Brisbane Girls Grammar School will be closed on Monday and Tuesday next week, and students will learn remotely until lockdown is lifted.

Students are asked to attend their House Group lesson via Zoom on Monday morning. The girls will then proceed through their timetabled lessons via Zoom as directed by their teachers. I will advise students of this change later this afternoon.

If parents are essential workers and require their daughters to attend the School on Monday and Tuesday would you please advise me as soon as possible. Students will be supervised in the Library (Research Learning Centre), and should bring their laptops (and chargers), headphones and a packed lunch to school with them. Any students attending school during the lockdown period must wear a mask at all times, except when eating or drinking.

If your daughter needs to collect personal belongings from her locker, she is strongly encouraged to do so before 4 pm today. Security are onsite and able to assist students if required.

Tuesday’s Parent-Teacher Interviews will be postponed, and all scheduled co-curricular activities are cancelled.

We encourage families to stay updated with Queensland Health announcements via their website: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status.

The update includes important information about Open Day.

This morning, Health Minister Yvette D’Ath announced mandatory mask wearing will be extended in south-east Queensland until Friday 6 August. This extends current advice for parents and students per the last notification, dated 22 July.

Open Day—COVID requirements
All adults and children aged 12 and over attending Open Day must wear a mask while on campus. If you do not have a mask, you will be offered one upon entry to the Main Campus.

Please note: for the duration of Open Day, students (12 and over) will also need to wear masks. Students will be emailed tonight to advise them of this requirement.

Families will be required to check in using the Check in Qld QR code upon entry to the School (current students do not need to check in).

For further information about COVID-19 requirements, please visit the Queensland Health website.

As announced by the Acting Premier earlier today, mask wearing will remain mandatory in South East Queensland for another seven days—until 6 am, Friday 30 July.

While health advice remains that students are not required to socially distance or wear masks while at school, students 12 years and over are required to wear a mask if they cannot physically distance, until they enter the School campus.

Please note: parents and visitors must wear a mask while on the BGGS campus, as per Queensland Health advice.

For information about current hotspots, and other COVID-19 requirements, please visit the Queensland Health website.

Queensland has today recorded multiple cases of COVID-19 within the community, prompting the Premier to extend mask-wearing requirements in South East Queensland.

The health advice for schools remains that students are not required to socially distance or wear masks while at school. Under the current restrictions, students 12 years and over are required to wear a mask if they cannot physically distance, until they enter the School campus.

Please note: parents and visitors must wear a mask while on the BGGS campus, as per Queensland Health advice.

At this stage, the wearing of masks remains mandatory until 6 am, Friday 23 July. Further updates will be issued as required.

For further information about the extension of restrictions, please visit the Queensland Health website.

As reported during school holidays, Queensland has recorded multiple cases of COVID-19 within the community, prompting the Premier to put restrictions in place.

The heath advice for schools remains that students are not required to socially distance. Under the current restrictions, students over 12 years old are required to wear a mask while on public transport. Students are not required to wear a mask while on campus, but may choose to do so if they prefer.

The Premier has announced these restrictions will likely ease from 6 am, Friday 16 July. Further updates will be issued as required.

If your family has travelled to a hotspot and cannot return home, please contact your daughter’s Head of House if you have not already done so.

Following the Queensland Premier’s announcement that Greater Brisbane will enter a three-day lockdown from 5 pm today, parents are asked to collect their daughters at 3.10 pm today. All after-school co-curricular activities are cancelled. For students who require supervision until 5 pm, the RLC will remain open for the girls.

If parents are unable to collect their daughters by 5 pm, please contact Student Reception via 07 3332 1330 or studentreception@bggs.qld.edu.au.

All Queensland schools will close from tomorrow. The BGGS term will conclude today, with lessons scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday suspended. The annual Cross Country Carnival, scheduled to take place on Thursday, is also cancelled. Teachers will remain accessible to students via email and Minerva, if required until the end of Thursday.

Students of essential workers may continue to attend school for the remainder of Term 1. Please contact Student Reception, to ensure adequate supervision is in place. Students attending school will need to wear a face mask, per Queensland Health guidelines.

Further advice will be communicated to families as required.

Queensland borders will close to Adelaide from 11.59 pm tonight, as detailed on the Queensland Health website.

Any students who have been to Adelaide in the past seven days are asked to self-quarantine and have a COVID-19 test, even if symptoms are not evident. Parents are asked to advise the School that their daughter is undergoing testing. Students should remain at home to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days from their date of return from Adelaide.

Please contact Deputy Principal, Mrs Anne Ingram, on 07 3332 1300 or deputyprincipal@bggs.qld.edu.au if you have any particular concerns.

Further advice will be communicated to families as required.

The School is closely monitoring Queensland Government updates related to the current Wacol Detention Centre outbreak.

At this stage, the School will operate as normal from Monday 24 August with no change to scheduled student activities.

Families are encouraged to view the Queensland Government’s current contract tracing alerts. Any student attending these locations at these specific times and displaying novel coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms should not attend school and seek immediate testing.

Given new restrictions to indoor and outdoor gatherings effective from Saturday 22 August, the School will be reviewing all upcoming events and communicate any changes to families as soon as possible.

Earlier today, Queensland Health released a public health update following the announcement of three new cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Queensland. This update notes a number of locations across Logan, South Brisbane and Springfield where members of the community may have come into contact with the three active cases.

BGGS families are asked to view this public health update, particularly noting the locations listed on the alert.

This health update is accessible via the Queensland Health website: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/news-events/doh-media-releases/releases/public-health-alert-three-new-covid-19-cases.

Contact tracing is underway on all cases, and as per Queensland Health requirements, anyone who was present at any of the locations during relevant times is directed to immediately self-quarantine and contact 13 HEALTH.

BGGS continues to maintain stringent health/hygiene practices and social distancing requirements, guided by health and government advice.

Queensland Health reminds everyone to continue to be extra vigilant about health and hygiene, and we remind all in our community of the importance of maintaining some simple hygiene practices that will support public health:

  • vigorous hand washing with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs
  • covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing
  • avoiding contact with anyone who has flu-like symptoms.

If your daughter is experiencing any symptoms of novel coronavirus, we ask that you please err on the side of caution, keep your daughter at home and seek medical advice. School Nurse, Ms Debbie James, may be contacted on 07 3332 1300 or healthcentre@bggs.qld.edu.au, or please contact Deputy Principal, Mrs Anne Ingram, on 07 3332 1300 or deputyprincipal@bggs.qld.edu.au if you have particular concerns.

Further advice will be communicated to families as required.

BGGS will move to remote learning from tomorrow (Tuesday 24 March)

No confirmed cases
BGGS has had no confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst either our students or staff, however, the School suspended classes today and will move to remote learning from tomorrow.

Why did we suspend classes today?
Last night the School was advised that a parent had tested positive to coronavirus. The School was grateful that this advice was provided as soon as it was known. This parent’s daughters had been in attendance for part of last week and therefore the decision was made to close the School as a precautionary measure only whilst we sought advice from Queensland Health. It was not possible late on a Sunday evening to gather the necessary particulars and we decided to exercise ‘an abundance of caution’.

What is the current advice to BGGS from Queensland Health?
The School could resume tomorrow; there is no immediate risk to the health and wellbeing of students or staff. It is important to remember that the impacts of COVID-19 for the majority of people are similar to cold and flu symptoms, and young people in particular typically have very mild symptoms.

Should I get my daughter tested?
For information about when testing is recommended please visit: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

Remote learning from tomorrow
As you would be aware, it was our intention to continue as planned this week (Week 9) and move to remote learning next week (Week 10). Given this current disruption, and the likelihood of further disruption, we have made the decision to move to remote learning from tomorrow. This will allow us to provide certainty and structure for families, and learning for students, that would otherwise become increasingly difficult with more and more absences among students and staff. The School’s energies will now be primarily focused on providing remote learning experiences, and pastoral support, for our students. Teachers will be providing specific information to their classes via Minerva, the School’s online learning platform.

Will the campus be open, can my daughter come to School to collect her belongings?
Yes, your daughter may come to School to collect her belongings. Students are requested to collect their belongings by the end of Week 9.

Supervision of your daughters at School until the end of Term (Friday 3 April)
If parents require supervision for their daughters they should simply advise Student Absences each day. The School plans to be open from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm every day until the end of Term 1 for families who require this support.

Supervision of your daughters at home
The School cannot stress strongly enough our expectation that students, while engaged in remote learning at home, are to remain at home and in isolation in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and to reduce the impact on our most vulnerable citizens.

Maintaining vigilance in health and hygiene practices
Queensland Health is urging all communities to continue to be extra vigilant about health and hygiene at this time, and we cannot stress enough the importance of all in our community maintaining some simple hygiene practices that will support public health:

  • vigorous hand washing with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs
  • covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing
  • avoiding contact with anyone who has flu-like symptoms.

Late tonight the School was advised that one of our parents has tested positive for COVID-19.

Therefore, the School will be closed tomorrow while seeking the advice of Queensland Health.

Staff will be in attendance so please be assured that there will be supervision for your daughter if, particularly given this very late notice, your family requires this.

The School has made the decision to move to remote learning for the final week of Term 1, with next week (Week 9) continuing as planned. In summary:

Friday 27 March will be the last day Students attend regular classes.

Mon 30 March–Fri 3 April (Week 10)

  • Learning activities will be delivered remotely.
  • Supervision for Year 7-10 Students will be provided in the Library, if required.

Your daughter’s teachers will provide detailed information about what she will be required to complete (assessment or other) before the end of Term and very specific year level information will be sent to Years 11 and 12.

We are preparing for the likelihood of remote learning for all of Term 2, however, it is still possible that staff and students will attend School if Australia chooses to follow Singapore’s approach to containment of the coronavirus. The truth is we do not know, but we will be well prepared for both options and will update you as soon as practicable.

We are respectful of the need for decision makers such as Federal and State leaders to represent all in the Australian community and do not envy them the difficult calls they will continue to be required to make. It is important that we continue to play our part as good citizens, while understanding that our primary concern and responsibility must be to the girls and families within our own School and it is on this basis that we will continue to make decisions. There are many valid yet often differing views amongst our parents and we have been appreciative of the intelligent and respectful ways in which they have been expressed.

Throughout the School we are continuing to maintain vigilant cleaning, provide hand sanitiser to both girls and staff and enact a range of ‘social distancing’ practices, to the extent that it is possible in an environment such as ours.

If you choose to keep your daughter at home, and that is entirely your family’s decision to make based on your personal circumstances, her assessment will not necessarily be rescheduled. These are highly irregular times and with increasing absences among both girls and staff we will not be automatically rescheduling assessment if girls are away and unable to complete, except as required to meet the QCAA’s requirements for our senior students. Girls will not be unduly disadvantaged (this is a nationwide phenomenon), alternatives are possible and they can be ‘caught up’ in time. Our focus continues to be on providing meaningful academic work for the girls to go on with.

In line with the Federal Government’s advice that anyone entering Australia from overseas (as of midnight Sunday 15 March) must self-isolate for a period of 14 days, the School requests that any students co-habitating with such returned international travellers be kept at home.

All large gatherings for the remainder of the term have been either postponed or cancelled. Please refer to Parent Portal or the School App for specific information.

The School is following the containment approach of Queensland Health until the School decides, or is directed, to close. Please view the Chief Health Officer’s advice to independent schools.

The School is maintaining its commitment to stringent health/hygiene practices (including the employment of additional cleaners and behavioural change amongst students) and ‘social distancing’ strategies (such as live-streaming assemblies and enforcing distance in student lines).

The Federal Government has advised that anyone entering Australia from overseas (as of midnight Sunday 15 March) must self-isolate for a period of 14 days. In addition, Australians have been advised to reconsider their need for any overseas travel and non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people are banned as of today, Monday 16 March 2020.

The School is maintaining a vigilant approach to hygiene, and ever more stringent cleaning practices. We ask families to remind their daughters to take care with handwashing, cough covering, and not sharing items such as drink bottles or lip gloss. Social distancing practices, including cancellation of non-essential School gatherings (i.e. assemblies) have also been implemented.

In addition to emails sent today concerning various activities, the School will provide a holistic update about scheduled School events tomorrow.

Today, the Prime Minister announced that from Monday 16 March, all non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people will be banned (e.g. sporting events, music festivals, etc). This does not include workplaces, schools, or university lectures, unless a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) is reported.

BGGS is reviewing all upcoming events of more than 500 people, and will advise on cancellations as required.

Australians have been directed to reconsider all non-essential travel abroad, with the Australian Government implementing level three travel advice for Australians travelling overseas. Please view details on the Smart Traveller website.

The School will communicate any further updates with parents and staff via email and SMS.

The Australian Government has announced further travel restrictions. From today, anyone arriving from Italy will be required to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of their departure from Italy.

Current travel restrictions now include China, Iran, South Korea and Italy.

BGGS continues to monitor and comply with advice of health authorities nationally and within Queensland about the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Our primary concern is to take reasonable steps to provide for the health and wellbeing of students and staff.

Therefore, in addition to steps already taken by the School in response to novel coronavirus, BGGS is preparing for the possibility of a School closure.

At this point in time, advice to BGGS families remains unchanged. However, as a precautionary measure only, all students and staff will be asked to take laptops and any other essential materials home with them today.

Should a School closure be required, we will communicate this to parents via email and SMS. All other updates will continue to be distributed to families via email, as required.

Advice for BGGS families remains that:

  • any student presenting to the Health Centre with cold/flu-like symptoms will be asked to go home, seek medical advice and not return to school until fully recovered
  • parents are asked to maintain a very conservative approach at this time and not send their daughters to school if they have any cold/flu-like symptoms.

Australian Government advice remains that:

  • anyone who has left or transited through mainland China in the last 14 days is required to isolate themselves for 14 days from the date of their departure from mainland China
  • anyone who has left or transited through Iran on or after 1 March is required to isolate themselves for 14 days from the date of their departure from Iran
  • anyone who has left or transited through South Korea on or after 5 March is required to isolate themselves for 14 days from the date of their departure from South Korea
  • anyone who has been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus in the last 14 days is required to isolated themselves for 14 days from the date of last contact with the confirmed case.

For further information please refer to the Queensland Health Coronavirus webpage.

BGGS continues to monitor and comply with advice of health authorities nationally and within Queensland about the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Our primary concern is to take reasonable steps to provide for the health and wellbeing of students and staff. Therefore, any student presenting to the Health Centre with cold/flu-like symptoms will be asked to go home, seek medical advice and not return to school until fully recovered. Parents are asked to maintain a very conservative approach at this time and not send their daughters to school if they have any cold/flu-like symptoms.

The Australian Government has announced further travel restrictions and the School’s advice has been amended to the following:

  • anyone who has left or transited through mainland China in the last 14 days is required to isolate themselves for 14 days from the date of their departure from mainland China
  • anyone who has left or transited through Iran on or after 1 March is required to isolate themselves for 14 days from the date of their departure from Iran
  • anyone who has left or transited through South Korea on or after 5 March is required to isolate themselves for 14 days from the date of their departure from South Korea
  • anyone who has been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus in the last 14 days is required to isolate themselves for 14 days from the date of last contact with the confirmed case.

The School will communicate updated advice with families as required, particularly in the lead up to the Easter holiday period with some of our families and staff planning to holiday overseas.

To date, one international School activity has been cancelled, and we are monitoring advice with regards to other planned activities. We will be in contact directly with families whose daughters are affected.

Additional information about the self-quarantine guidelines are listed on the Queensland Health website.

For further information please refer to the Queensland Health Coronavirus webpage.

BGGS continues to monitor and comply with advice of health authorities nationally and within Queensland about the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Our primary concern is to take reasonable steps to provide for the health and wellbeing of students and staff. Therefore, any student presenting to the Health Centre with cold/flu-like symptoms will be asked to go home, seek medical advice and not return to school until fully recovered. Parents are asked to maintain a very conservative approach at this time and not send their daughters to school if they have any cold/flu-like symptoms.

As you may be aware, the Australian Government has announced further travel restrictions and the School’s advice has been amended to the following:

  • any students or staff who have left or transited through mainland China in the last 14 days are required to isolate themselves for 14 days from the date of their return to Australia.
  • any students or staff who have left or transited through Iran on or after 1 March are required to isolate themselves for 14 days from the date of their return to Australia.
  • any students or staff who have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus in the last 14 days are required to isolated themselves for 14 days from the date of last contact with the confirmed case.

The School will communicate updated advice with families as required, particularly in the lead up to the Easter holiday period with some of our families and staff planning to holiday overseas.

To date, one international School activity has been cancelled, and we are monitoring advice with regards to other planned activities.  We will be in contact directly with families whose daughters are affected.

Additional information about the self-quarantine guidelines are listed on the Queensland Health website.

For further information please refer to the Queensland Health Coronavirus webpage.

We are continuing to monitor and comply with the advice of health authorities nationally and within Queensland with regards to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

All BGGS students have now returned to School, and we have appreciated Girls Grammar families’ cooperation with health authority advice relating to novel coronavirus.

The Australian Government advice remains that anyone who has visited or transited through China, or has been in contact with someone who has novel coronavirus, is required to self-quarantine. Further information about the self-quarantine guidelines are listed on the Queensland Health website.

For further information please refer to the Queensland Health Coronavirus webpage.

The School advises that given continuing uncertainty about this new and serious virus, students who have visited China, including Hong Kong, are to remain at home for 14 days from the date of their arrival back in to Australia unless otherwise advised by the School.

Similarly, any student who has had contact with a family member/friend who has returned from China, including Hong Kong, should remain at home for 14 days from the date of contact with this person.

Heads of House will make contact with families directly concerned to support those girls who will absent.

The School has been monitoring the advice of public health authorities and will provide updates as required on this page. Parents will be notified via email if an update is issued.

The School advises that given continuing uncertainty about this new and serious virus, students who have visited Wuhan, or the Province of Hubei, or had contact with any affected areas in China are to remain at home for 14 days from the date of their arrival back in to Australia unless otherwise advised by the School.

Similarly, any student who has had contact with a family member/friend who has returned from these areas should remain at home for 14 days from the date of contact with this person.

Heads of House will make contact with families directly concerned to support those girls who will absent.

The School has been monitoring the advice of public health authorities and will provide updates as required on this page. Parents will be notified via email if an update is issued.

The School advises that given continuing uncertainty about this new and serious virus, students who have visited Wuhan, or the Province of Hubei, or had contact with any affected areas in China are to remain at home until Monday 10 February (unless otherwise advised by the School).

Heads of House will make contact with families directly concerned to support those girls who will absent for the first two weeks of the academic year.

The School has been monitoring the advice of public health authorities and will provide updates as required on this page. Parents will be notified via email if an update is issued.

COVID FAQs

Please visit our COVID FAQ page here.


Useful contacts

 

Queensland Health advice and information

Metro North Public Health Unit

07 3624 1111

Queensland Health COVID-related enquiries

134 COVID (13 42 68)