The Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is continuing to evolve and the advice to organisations on how to respond is constantly being updated.
Learning Links has set up a COVID-19 Response Group that is monitoring the developments and is planning, responding and preparing should the situation worsen.
Learning Links continues to follow the advice of the Australian Government, NSW Government, NSW Department of Health and the NSW Department of Education and will provide updates for our families, schools and partners as they occur.
Top line medical advice for all:
- If you develop a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath or are in contact with someone else who has Coronavirus, seek medical attention: call your GP, Healthdirect on 1800 022 222, or in an emergency, your local hospital emergency department, if you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.
UPDATE: Monday 25 May, 2020
Over the past 6-8 weeks we have all had to adjust to very limited face-to-face contact with each other, families and friends. Thank you to all Learning Links families for your understanding during this difficult time. Learning Links is committed to protecting the health and safety of families, staff and the community through working within the guidelines communicated by Health authorities and government.
Learning Links Update
- Learning Links will be starting to slowly return to face-to-face services while also continuing to provide online services.
- Our priority in Term 2 for limited face-to-face services will be our most vulnerable children who have been unable to participate in online sessions including those with higher learning needs and those who do not have an appropriate device or internet access.
- In line with government guidelines face to face service delivery will increase after the July school holidays however families are encouraged to continue online services if this works better for your family.
- To support our safe return to services it is essential that we all
- Maintain 1.5 m physical distancing where possible
- Maintain good hygiene
- Stay home if unwell
- Observe the one person per four square meters rule in waiting rooms and across services.
- A Three Step Framework for a COVID Safe Australia has been released by the Federal Government: https://www.pm.gov.au/sites/default/files/files/three-step-framework-covidsafe-australia.pdf. The NSW government guides us with specific advice on the timing of these.
- According to NSW government, all Learning Links services can be delivered face to face: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules and https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/health-services.aspx
UPDATE: Friday 23 April, 2020
Learning Links Update
- Learning Links is now offering psychological therapy online, using Zoom video sessions.
- Online sessions for Specialist Tutoring and Speech Therapy will commence in the coming weeks – more information will be available for families who are interested in these services.
- Our HIPPY, MyTime, 1-2-3 Magic and Engagement Adolescents parenting programs have now transitioned to online delivery.
- Additional online programs have been developed, including webinars for parents and teaching professionals.
- Learning Links Preschool and Prep 4 Preschool will be operating in Term 2, continuing to following the necessary hygiene and social distancing advice to ensure the safety of families and staff. Online staff support, home learning activities and resources are available for families who have opted in for the home learning program.
- Out of School Hours Care at McCallums Hill Public School will be operating in Term 2, continuing to following the necessary hygiene and social distancing advice to ensure the safety of families and staff.
- The temporary suspension of one-on-one support services at Learning Links Centres and schools will continue until further notice.
- NSW school students will be learning from home when Term 2 commences. The NSW Premier and Minister for Education have announced a phased operating model for NSW schools during COVID-19. The new model will see students being reintroduced to some face-to-face learning on campus starting from week 3. More information can be found on the NSW Department of Education website.
- The Australian Government continues to advise the community to stay home wherever possible:
- Don’t leave home unless you have to.
- You should avoid leaving your house for any non-essential activity.
- Don’t invite family or friends into your home.
- Stay at home unless you are:
- going to work or education (if you are unable to do so at home)
- shopping for essential supplies such as groceries (return home without delay)
- going out for personal exercise in the neighbourhood, on your own or with one other person
- attending medical appointments or compassionate visits.
- Medical services, supermarkets, banks, petrol stations, postal and home delivery services remain open.