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Meriden manages return to school amidst pandemic

Compiling RAHT kits for the Meriden School community

Meriden teachers and students have been delighted to return to School over the last week as scheduled, once again resuming school amidst the challenges of a global pandemic.

RAHT kits have been successfully distributed to all students and staff, first in drive by pick-ups before the return to school, and now directly to all students, with enough supply to last the next two weeks.

Dr Julie Greenhalgh, Principal of Meriden said “Meriden’s priority is keeping our students and community safe. I’ve been pleased with the cooperation of both staff and students in meeting the challenges of returning to School amidst these rapidly changing circumstances. Meriden’s COVID-19 response has rolled out smoothly and I thank every member of our School community for their assistance”.

The RAHT kits are to be conducted twice weekly, as per the advice from NSW Health. If a Meriden girl tests positive she is required to isolate for seven days, only returning to School after one week and when symptoms have cleared. Meriden’s COVID-19 hub is kept up to date with all changes in policy or notifications from NSW Health.

Students cannot attend school if they are showing any symptoms of COVID-19. These include fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell/taste, muscle/joint pains, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting, extreme tiredness, unexplained chest pain or conjunctivitis (eye infection).

Negative test results do not need to be reported. However, positive results need to be reported to the School (studentcovidtestresults@meriden.nsw.edu.au) and to Service NSW. If a Meriden student tests positive she needs to isolate for seven days, only returning to School after one week and when symptoms have cleared. Appropriate school work will be organised for all students required to isolate. Students who are household contacts also need to isolate for at least one week.

Schools no longer need to close when there is a COVID-19 case at School. Advice and resources are available on the NSW Health website including COVID-19 guidelines and fact sheets for people who tested positive or were exposed to COVID-19.

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