Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases.

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a form of coronavirus.

Other coronaviruses include Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

This is yet to be absolutely determined, but human-to-human transmission is most likely to be through direct contact with infectious patients via respiratory droplets, and contaminated objects and surfaces.

This is how other coronavirus infections, including the common cold, SARS and MERS, are transmitted between humans.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly. People with coronavirus may experience symptoms such as:

  • fever
  • respiratory symptoms
    • coughing
    • sore throat
    • shortness of breath.

Other symptoms can include runny nose, acute blocked nose (congestion), headache, muscle or joint pains, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of sense of smell, altered sense of taste, loss of appetite and fatigue.

To stop the spread of COVID-19 people with even mild symptoms of respiratory infection should get tested.

The School will follow the advice of Queensland Health. It is likely the School would close for a day, or longer, to allow health authorities to conduct tracing and sanitise the campus. Parents would be kept up to date via direct email, our website and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

This depends on whether the closure is due to a confirmed case or part of a wider government direction i.e. mass closures. In the first case, parents will be notified immediately via direct email and SMS and be instructed to collect their daughters as soon as possible. In the second instance, we would expect more notice will be provided such that parents and students will be aware of the closure ahead of time. Students have already been instructed to take their laptops and learning materials home each day in preparation for such a scenario.

The School will update this page with information. Parents will receive a regular update via direct email as required. Parents would be kept up to date via direct email, our website and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

As per previous advice, students with these symptoms should not attend school until they have sought medical attention and recovered.

What should I do if someone in my family has cold or flu-like symptoms?

As above, families should be vigilant in following the advice of health authorities as per Queensland Health advice.

As above, families should be vigilant in following the advice of health authorities as per Queensland Health advice.

The School requests that any student or staff member living with a person in self-isolation or quarantine should remain at home and not attend school.

A useful resource for you may be this, and other COVID-related editions of SchoolTV, accessible via:

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends measures to reduce the general risk of acute respiratory infections by:

  • wearing a mask
  • avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections
  • employing frequent handwashing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment

People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should always practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash their hands).

The School has already successfully navigated our students and community through a number of closures and are prepared for the possibility of more—from IT systems, to HR requirements including supervision of our students and support for our staff, ongoing communication, security of our facilities and financial modelling.

Minerva, our learning management system, provides the bedrock of our remote learning curriculum. This is supported by other online platforms such as Minerva’s Chat, Video Conferencing, and email as appropriate. Subject specific home pages have remote learning modules embedded in them and are ready for use. Every assistance is given to the students as they move from on-campus to remote learning.

The School continues to direct students and staff to maintain scrupulous habits of personal hygiene, hand sanitiser has been made widely available, cleaning contractors are using hospital grade disinfectant on all surfaces, and additional cleaning staff have been engaged and are dedicated to micro daily surface cleaning.

As a precautionary measure, any student who has visited China, including Hong Kong, (or had contact with family members or friends returning from these areas) is to remain at home for 14 days from the date of their (or their friend/family member’s) arrival back in to Australia unless otherwise advised by the School.

All students have been reminded to observe healthy hygiene practices, including hand washing or use of hand sanitiser (provided around the School), and not to share drink bottles or lip balm.

Please contact Main Reception on 07 3332 1300 to allow your query to be directed to the most appropriate staff member.