Health and Safety Measures currently implemented to reduce the spread of Coronavirus.
Due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic we have the following measures in place to minimise spread of viruses.
Our approach is guided by the Chief Health Officer, the Queensland Government and the AHPPC.
Along with the specific guidelines detailed in this document, the following 3 principles should be observed by every student and staff member at Hillbrook:
- If you are sick, stay home
- Wash your hands frequently
- Socially distance where possible
Arrival to school (students and staff)
- Staff and students to wash or sanitise hands on arrival – sanitising stations are set up at each entry point.
- Staff to enter through main reception and have temperatures taken on arrival (if high, will be retested in 15 minutes, if still high after 2 retests staff member will work from home).
- Students to enter school at the following entry points:
- Main entry (not through Reception)
- Outdoor Ed
- IT near Creche
- Via carpark near Creche
- Students will only have temperatures taken if they appear unwell, are sent to sick bay or if they request it.
- Parents picking up Dinner 2 Go please use the main open entrance and head straight to The Café window where they can collect their meal/s. There is no need to go through reception, unless you need to visit another area in the School.
- Parents visiting the Uniform Shop please use the main open entrance and head straight to the Uniform Shop. Please note the occupancy limit signage on the door. There is no need to go through reception, unless you need to visit another area in the School.
School Pick Up
We won’t be staggering our finish times as most parents remain in cars during pick up.
If for any reason parents need to exit the car to meet with another parent at the front of the school, we ask that you do so away from the main entry and observe the social distancing rules of 1.5 metres.
- Any student who is unwell must remain at home – this includes a common head cold or any illness not COVID-19 related.
- If a student displays any of the common symptoms of COVID-19 – sore throat, cough, fever, loss of smell/taste – they will be required to seek medical advice in regard to testing, or stay away for 14 days (note: this will also apply to any siblings who attend Hillbrook). Brisbane North and Moreton Bay Fever Clinic list available here.
- If a student or member of their immediate family tests positive to COVID-19 the school must be advised right away.
- Students who become sick at school or look flushed (not from running around) will be sent to sick bay to have their temperature taken.
- If temperature is above normal after 2 checks, 15 minutes apart, they will need to go home.
- If they are ill and have no temperature they will still need to go home.
- If they are not ill and temperature is normal, they can go back to class.
- Any staff member who is unwell must remain at home – this includes a common head cold or any illness not COVID-19 related.
- If a staff member displays any of the common symptoms of COVID-19 – sore throat, cough, fever, loss of smell/taste – they will be required to seek medical advice in regard to testing, or stay away for 14 days. Brisbane North and Moreton Bay Fever Clinic list available here.
- If anyone who lives in the same house as a staff member seeks a Covid-19 test, due to symptoms or possible exposure, the Hillbrook staff member should stay away until the results of the test are confirmed.
- If a staff member or member of their immediate family tests positive to COVID-19 the school must be advised right away.
Classrooms and Classes
Daily Routine (classes may need to finish a few minutes early to clean desks):
- Where possible, doors will be kept open to eliminate touching of handles.
- Windows will be opened and air conditioning switched off.
- Students to sanitise hands on entry to each class.
- Teachers to sanitise hands between classes.
- At end of class, teachers will spray disinfectant on each desk.
- Students will wipe clean with paper towel.
- Students to drop paper towel into bin
Study areas with shared equipment and resources:
- All students to sanitise hands on entry and exit.
- All returned books will have covers wiped with disinfectant wipes and will be placed in a holding area for 72 hours before being placed back on shelves.
- Share computers in library will be wiped down after each class.
- Home Ec
- All students to sanitise hands on entry and exit.
- Students or staff will wipe taps and other high touch points such as oven buttons and fridge door handles at the end of each class.
- No sharing of food – only take your own food home.
- ITS Workshops
- All students to sanitise hands on entry and exit.
- All students will be provided with a set of Industrial PPE for their exclusive use and are stored in individual bags.
- Students or staff will wipe down shared equipment and other high touch points at the end of each class.
- Chapel, TLC and PAC
- Students to sanitise hands on entry and exit.
- Note: currently there are no large meetings, assemblies or gatherings happening in these locations.
- Tissues will be available in all classrooms.
- Each classroom will be supplied with hand sanitiser, hospital grade disinfectant and paper towel – these supplies will be replenished regularly.
- Students are encouraged not to share:
- Pens / Pencils
- Drink bottles
- Other personal items
- These will be in use, however will be cleaned multiple times per day by our day cleaner.
- Students will be encourage to wash/sanitise their hands after using bubblers.
- Sinks and taps will be cleaned multiple times per day by our day cleaner
- Toilet blocks will be cleaned thoroughly every evening
- Students will be encouraged to observe the following social distancing rules during breaks:
- Leave some space between each other (preferably 1.5 metres where possible)
- No hand holding, hand shaking, fist bumps or high fives
- No sharing of food, bottles and other personal items
- While “social distancing” is not a requirement for students in the classroom, we will aim to increase awareness and reduce behaviours that allow for the transmission of viruses. This includes:
- Separating all desks where possible
- Doing group work outside when practical
- Discouraging hand holding, high fives, fist bumps and hugging
- Avoiding work and activities where students need to be close or touching
- Not sharing bottles and food
- No handshaking
- Signage reminding students about social distancing and hygiene will be visible in all areas of the school.
- All staff prep rooms have been measured and signs indicating maximum number of people at a time have been placed on each door and all staff and students will observe these limits.
- All staff will practice social distancing of 1.5 metres between each other whenever they are with other staff members.
- Students will be encouraged to practice the 1.5 metre rule between them and the teachers.
Staggering end of class times where required
Teachers to work out a staggering timetable that works with other teachers in areas where there are multiple classrooms together. Eg: L Block where we can often have 6 classes finishing at the same time – teachers can stagger the end of class by 2 minutes and have only 2 classes leaving at the one time.
There won’t be an official change to the timetable and teachers will be a little more lenient in regard to student arrival in class as we navigate through this. This is a work in progress and teachers will need to work together.
- Morning Tea will remain the same, however Tuckshop staff will be limiting the number of students in the Tuckshop.
- Lunch has been staggered to reduce the number of students at the Tuckshop at any one time.
- Years 10, 11 and 12 will start lunch break at 1:10pm, returning to class at the usual time
- Years 7, 8 and 9 will start lunch at the usual time of 1:20pm
Gatherings, Excursions and Group Activities
As recommended by Queensland Health and the AHPPC the following events/activities are cancelled until we receive further advice:
- Full cohort gatherings
- Parent events (P&F, EAC, BBQs etc)
- Excursions and Camps
- School Trips
- Students in IT centre will be limited to 2 – students will wait outside until called in
- Students to sanitise hands on entry
- IT staff will use their own mouse and keyboard
- IT office is regularly disinfected with Glen 20 and wipes.
- Where instruments are shared between students (guitars, pianos, drum sticks etc) they will be appropriately disinfected with hospital grade disinfectant between students.
- There will be an allowance for social distancing in lessons – at least 1.5 metres.
- Chairs will be spread to the room’s capacity in larger rehearsals.
- For small ensemble rehearsals (approx. 4 – 10 students) use of the stage or back drama room when available rather than teaching in small rooms.
- Students to use hand sanitiser before and after lessons.
- Tutors will not come to school if they are unwell or have been in contact with anyone who has recently returned from overseas or has tested positive for coronavirus.
- Students will be advised directly by their ensemble director regarding Ensemble rehearsals. At this stage the larger groups; Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble and Concert Band will not recommence rehearsals until further notice.
- No physical concerts until further notice.
- We are minimising all visitors to the school – only essential visitors will be permitted.
- Only 2 visitors at a time are permitted in the reception entry area – additional visitors to remain outside until invited in
- All visitors to Hillbrook (with the exception of Dinner 2 Go and Uniform Shop customers) must come through reception and will need to sign in on the iPad:
- Sanitise hands before
- Sanitise hands after
- Clean screen with wipes
- All visitors will have their temperature taken.
- All visitors will wash their hands with soap and water before entering the school.
Why do we ask people to wash their hands before entering the school?
We are trying to minimise the risk of someone bringing coronavirus into Hillbrook. It is proven that hand washing with soap and water destroys the coronavirus. If visitors clean their hands thoroughly before coming into the school grounds, we are reducing the risk of infection from coronavirus and the flu.
- Staff treating students in sick bay will wear a mask and gloves.
- Any students who are unwell will have their temperature taken.
- Any temperature above normal (in red zone) will require student to go home – they will also be required to wear a mask while in sick bay
- Any temperature in the yellow zone will be retaken twice, 15 minutes apart, and if normal student can go back to class. If higher student will need to go home.
- Sick bay beds and bathroom will be wiped down after each student has left and whenever sick bay is empty it will be sprayed with Glen 20.
- Students will be placed as far as possible from each other while in sick bay.
Tuckshop and Uniform Shop
- No cash policy in both shops – all transactions will be via student card.
- Only one parent allowed in the Uniform Shop at any one time.
- The number of students in Tuckshop at any one time is limited – this is monitored by Trevor Winch and Tuckshop staff.
- For the time being the Uniform Shop and Tuckshop will be run by staff only. This will be reviewed monthly and we will let parents know when we need volunteers again.
- Perspex cough protection screens have been installed at both registers in the Tuckshop.
- Ordering online is preferred to speed up the pick-up process.
- When queuing – students to leave a space in front of them – 1.5 metres if possible – this is clearly marked on the floor.
- Students asked to only handle products they intend to purchase.
- Tables will be wiped down with hospital strength disinfectant after each break (breakfast, morning tea and lunch).
- Tuckshop staff will ensure hygiene is maintained with the following:
- Regular wiping down of bench tops and surfaces
- Gloves to be worn during food preparation and serving
- Gloves to be changed regularly
Sport & Physical Activity
- Students will continue to be supported to be physically active at lunchtime.
- The range of sporting equipment available will be limited to items that encourage physical distancing and reduce high frequency touching with hands. An example would be soccer balls rather than volleyballs.
- Sanitising stations will be available, so equipment and hands can be sanitised before and after play.
- Areas of regular handball play will also have sanitising stations positioned near, so the procedure above can be replicated with the tennis balls, usually brought from home.
- The practical component in PE will continue.
- The types of physical activity undertaken will be intentionally selected to help support physical distancing, however it may occur that there will be lapses during the movement in a game.
- Students can wear PE uniform to and from school on the days they have PE so change rooms can be avoided.
- Sanitising stations will be available, so equipment and hands can be sanitised before and after use.
Project Active and Interschool Sport:
Both of these activities are currently suspended until we receive further advice.
Meetings, Meeting Rooms and other rooms on campus
- Any communal phones will have mouthpieces, handles and keypads wiped down after use with hospital grade disinfectant wipes.
- All rooms on campus (excluding classrooms) have been measured and signs indicating maximum occupancy limit have been placed on each door. Staff and students are to observe these limits.
- Boardroom table will be wiped down regularly by day cleaner
- Compostable plastic cups will be used in place of glasses.
- Staff meetings for “all staff” will continue to be held via Zoom.
- Small meetings will be held in rooms where the 4 square metre per person rule can be maintained – all rooms have occupancy limits clearly signed.
- It is recommended meetings be held outside when possible.
- Nightly cleaning includes the wiping down of:
- Backs of chairs
- Door handles
- Hand rails around the school
- More vigorous cleaning of toilets and high traffic areas
- Teachers are providing feedback if any areas are missed and this is passed on immediately to cleaners for rectification.
- Regular antibacterial fogging
- We have some larger bins in place to cope with the additional rubbish load.
- Bin audits have been temporarily suspended