Message from the office
Please see the attached letter for the details of the accelerated return to school of additional grades.
As more and more people get infected or who may find themselves living with someone who is infected with COVID-19, we thought it would be wise to share some guidance with you if you find yourselves somehow impacted by the virus. The following information is taken from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html
This gives us all clearer guidelines about what to do when we find ourselves in certain scenarios.
Quarantine If You Might Be Sick. Stay home if you might have been exposed to COVID-19
Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.
What’s the difference between quarantine and isolation?
Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others.
Isolation separates people who are infected with the virus away from people who are not infected.
Who needs to quarantine?
Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
This includes people who previously had COVID-19 and people who have taken a serologic (antibody) test and have antibodies to the virus.
What counts as close contact?
● You were within 2 metres of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes
● You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
● You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them)
● You shared eating or drinking utensils
● They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
Steps to take
Stay home and monitor your health
● Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19
● Watch for fever (38 ੦C), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
● If possible, stay away others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19
When to start and end quarantine
You should stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
For all of the following scenarios, even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you should stay home (quarantine) since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. See scenarios below to determine when you can end quarantine and be around others.
Scenario 1: Close contact with someone who has COVID-19—will not have further close contact
I had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 and will not have further contact or interactions with the person while they are sick (e.g., co-worker, neighbour, or friend).
Your last day of quarantine is 14 days from the date you had close contact.
Date of last close contact with person who has COVID-19 + 14 days= end of quarantine
Scenario 2: Close contact with someone who has COVID-19—live with the person but can avoid further close contact
I live with someone who has COVID-19 (e.g., roommate, partner, family member), and that person has isolated by staying in a separate bedroom. I have had no close contact with the person since they isolated.
Your last day of quarantine is 14 days from when the person with COVID-19 began home isolation.
Date person with COVID-19 began home isolation + 14 days = end of quarantine
Scenario 3. Under quarantine and had additional close contact with someone who has COVID-19
I live with someone who has COVID-19 and started my 14-day quarantine period because we had close contact. What if I ended up having close contact with the person who is sick during my quarantine? What if another household member gets sick with COVID-19? Do I need to restart my quarantine?
Yes. You will have to restart your quarantine from the last day you had close contact with anyone in your house who has COVID-19. Any time a new household member gets sick with COVID-19 and you had close contact, you will need to restart your quarantine.
Date of additional close contact with person who has COVID-19 + 14 days = end of quarantine
Scenario 4: Live with someone who has COVID-19 and cannot avoid continued close contact
I live in a household where I cannot avoid close contact with the person who has COVID-19. I am providing direct care to the person who is sick, I don’t have a separate bedroom to isolate the person who is sick, or live in close quarters where I am unable to keep a physical distance of 2m.
You should avoid contact with others outside the home while the person is sick, and quarantine for 14 days after the person who has COVID-19 meets the criteria to end home isolation.
Date the person with COVID-19 ends home isolation + 14 days = end of quarantine
On your child’s return from isolation or quarantine;
Prior to your daughter’s return to school, we would request that you submit a letter to the school from the doctor or nurse who treated the diagnosed positive person stating when they can return to school, should it be your daughter, or stating when the household contacts can return to school.
If this is not possible, we request that a parent or guardian signs a letter stating that your daughter has not been in contact with anyone who is COVID positive for the last 14 days prior to her return to school and that you understand that a household member with COVID is regarded as positive until 14 days from when they first displayed symptoms.
If in doubt about what to do, please contact your GP or clinic for advice.
A reminder that if your daughter is not well, please do not send her to school. We respectfully request that you inform the school if your daughter has had contact with anyone who tested positive for COVID 19 or if she herself is showing symptoms or tested positive. We need to work together to ensure that we keep our little community safe as best we can.
Thank you for your understanding and for assisting us in our efforts to keep all our girls safe while they are at school and we thank all our parents who have cooperated so positively with us during these uncertain times.
In celebration of Mandela Day the girls who are at school will gather on the Fergusson field for 67 seconds of dancing (ensuring social distancing), because what is a celebration without a little dancing? The Intersen Phase girls are requesting donations for the SPCA and our other grades who are at school will be doing thoughtful tasks during class time. The Grade R’s will be making cards for our frontline workers to show our gratitude.
We made the decision to swap days for uniform and sports clothes to give parents the chance to wash clothes in between use. We have realised that this is not working with girls who come on alternate days. We are happy for you to alternate your daughter’s sport and school uniform as they come in during the week (for Grade 1-6). However we request that your daughters do not mix these uniforms and that they still abide by the school uniform rules.
Happy birthday to the teachers and girls who celebrated this week!
Ms Davies, Lunathi Mkosana, Maya Christian, Holly Riddin, Mila McConnachie, Nooran Sha, Makatendeka Chakona, Haidee Thondlana and Buhle Tshiki.
Mrs Michelle Rafferty
Letter regarding the accelerated return of grades:
Dear VP Parents
We will be accelerating the phasing in of certain grades and we can’t wait to have them return. We have put all safety measures in place, have all the necessary PPEs and our screening points are established. We trust that, if you have already received the letter with the plans for the return of your daughter’s grade, you have read it carefully and know what to expect. Hopefully you have also found the time to watch the video with your daughter, that the teachers have made for the different grades, that will help her to have a visual idea of what to expect on her return.
With all this being said I’d like to ask you to bear the following in mind:
- As you can appreciate, circumstances may arise that may cause us to delay the dates we propose and we will try our best, if possible, to send timeous notification of the change.
- We have put all measures in place that will ensure that strict screening practices are in place. This may also mean that we may need to place a teacher in quarantine and/or isolation. If this does happen please bear in mind that:
- We will use substitute teachers (teachers who are currently on our staff establishment) if necessary and there may be days where your child may have someone other than her usual class teacher teaching her.
- If things become such that we do not have enough staff members for a class, for the safety of your daughters, we may have no other option but to cancel school for as long as necessary for that particular class.
- Regardless of how well prepared we are, we can’t predict how things will pan out with this pandemic and we may need to alter the dates set if we believe it is not in the interest and safety of your daughters and our staff, for them to return as planned.
Proposed phasing in for the next grades at Victoria Primary School:
|Week starting Monday, 13 July 2020||1|
|Week starting Monday, 20 July 2020||3|
|Week starting Monday, 27 July 2020||00, 2 & 4|
|Week starting Monday, 3 August 2020||5|
A reminder that if you do not wish to send your daughter back to school you have two options:
1) De-register your daughter from Victoria Primary School by sending us written notification of your desire to do so. You will then have to apply for homeschooling through the education department. If you wish for her to return to VP in 2021, you will have to reapply for next year. Although the deadline for applications is closed we will accept late applications for parents who have chosen to de-register although we cannot absolutely guarantee a place next year, we will prioritize such applicants.
2) You can apply from the DoE for a temporary exemption from school attendance. This would entail that you complete the application form and submit it to the school office. Your daughter would not be marked as absent while she is at home. This would mean that they will remain registered at VP, you would still be liable to pay school fees and your daughter’s current class teachers would make arrangements for work to be sent home, which you would need to submit for assessment, if required, once done. If you choose this option it is important to note that you will be responsible to ensure that your daughter receives her work and completes it while she is at home. The application for this can be found on our website.
To our Grade One hostel parents, we are so excited to have our Dinkies back! We will be ready for their return on Sunday from 14h00 to 17h00. As you have received short notice, we understand that you may need more time to plan your travels. We will accept them into the hostel during the course of next week. Please be sure to notify Ms Miskin of when we can expect you so that we can be ready to welcome them back.
Please do not hesitate to call the school office or to email us if you have any further queries.