Covid-19 Update

All Meriden families are encouraged to monitor the NSW Health website and adhere to the advice as appropriate.

Student Attendance at School

Meriden students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 are expected to attend School on site, unless they are directed to stay at home as per current health advice.

Students must not attend School if:

  • They have any, however mild, cold or flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore/scratchy throat, shortness of breath, loss of taste or sense of smell)
  • They have been tested for COVID-19 and have not yet received their test result
  • They have tested positive for COVID-19
  • They have been directed by NSW health to self-isolate.

COVID-19 Protocols for Students

Protocols for students who have tested positive for COVID-19, or who are a designated household contact or a close contact of a positive case,have been updated in line with NSW Health advice. The current protocols are available here.

COVID-Smart Measures at Meriden

Being together in a classroom is the most effective way for students to learn and grow. Since COVID-19 remains a relatively mild illness for most children, we’re committed to return to school safely in 2022. We will support this through the following measures.

Watch for Symptoms

If your child is unwell, even with mild symptoms you must keep them home and get them tested. If they display any symptoms they should take a PCR test (nose and throat swab) or rapid antigen test (RAT). If symptoms continue your child should stay home and take another RAT or PCR test in 24 hours. If that test is also negative, your child may return to school if another diagnosis is confirmed such as hay fever.

Vaccinations

We strongly encourage all students and their families to get vaccinated. Children aged 5 to 11 can now get vaccinated. Parents are encouraged to book their child in for a vaccination at the first available opportunity.

Once eligible, all adults are encouraged to get booster shots.

COVID-19 Positive Cases

If your daughter has no symptoms and there is a positive case in her class, year or other grouping, she can continue to attend school in line with NSW Health advice.

Students who get a positive rapid antigen test result must register it on service.nsw.gov.au or the Service NSW app as soon as possible.

Students who receive a positive rapid antigen or PCR test result must tell the School as soon as possible, and follow NSW Health advice.

We will regularly communicate to parents about the presence and impact of COVID-19 in the community.

Ventilation

Fresh air is the most effective form of ventilation to minimise the risk of transmission. All learning spaces at Meriden have been checked to ensure appropriate levels of ventilation and air purifiers have been provided where needed. Using outdoor spaces will continue to be encouraged.

Masks

All school staff and students are encouraged to wear masks when indoors. 

Activities

COVID-19 will be considered in all risk assessments. Parents will be made aware of the risk of exposure and will need to give their permission for participation in extra-curricular, out of school hours or off-site activities.

Visitors

Visitors will be kept to a minimum to support essential school activities or student needs. Visitors will be asked to wear a mask indoors and will be encouraged to wear a mask outdoors if they cannot maintain physical distancing. Visitors to Meriden need to be fully vaccinated.

Parents are asked to maintain physical distancing requirements at all times and to avoid gathering outside the school gates.

When dropping off and collecting their daughters, parents should follow the procedures for the relevant campus. 

Keeping Meriden Open

We will do everything we can to maintain continuity of face-to-face learning including the use of more casual staff if needs be.

We may need to make localised staffing decisions to ensure appropriate supervision can be maintained. 

Students may not have their regular teacher for an occasional lesson.

Learning from Home

We will continue to monitor the situation and where face-to-face learning is not possible, learning from home options will be supported for short periods.

Uniform Shop

Attendance at the Meriden Uniform Shop is by appointment only. Appointments can be made via www.schoolinterviews.com.au using the code 5usv4

Parents are asked to wear a mask while inside the Uniform Shop.

Useful Links

NSW Health Covid-19 Vaccination information

NSW Health Covid-19 Locations, Cases and Alerts

NSW Health Covid-19 Clinics

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Covid-19 Advice