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20 December 2021 Update

Dear Parent/Caregiver and College Community

Updated advice has been received from NSW Education. Students and staff who were previously advised they were education close contacts have now been classified as casual contacts and can now leave self-isolation if they have not done so already, provided that they have had a nose and throat (PCR) and received a negative result. You should still exercise caution for 14 days after exposure.

Given the risk of transmission, it is recommended that, as a contact of a person with COVID19, you should consider your personal and family circumstances and those you may come into contact with in managing the risks associated with potential transmission. You should avoid high risk settings (health care, aged care, correctional facilities) where possible, and take extra precautions around vulnerable people including family members, for 14 days after your last exposure.

 You should also consider undertaking a rapid antigen test before family functions or visiting vulnerable family or friends to minimise the risk of transmission. Rapid antigen test kits are now widely available in chemists, supermarkets and other retailers / online.

NSW Health reminds anyone who has been unwell or if you develop any symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell/taste, muscle/joint pains, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting or extreme tiredness to be tested at one of the COVID-19 testing clinics.

The Department of Education is working closely with NSW Health and we will be in contact with you should any of this advice change. Further information on COVID-19 is available on the NSW Government website.

If you need practical support or have non-urgent health-related questions, call NSW Health on 1800 943 553.

Thank you for your support.

 

16 December 2021 Update

Under changes implemented Wednesday 15 December, school-based close contacts must now only self-isolate for 7 days regardless of vaccination status. They must also have a PCR test (nose and throat swab) at a COVID-19 testing clinic on Day 6, and if this is negative and they feel well they are able to leave self-isolation after 7 days.

Close contacts that have isolated for 7 days or more since their last exposure (listed on your previous letter) can leave self-isolation provided they have had PCR test (nose and throat swab) at a COVID-19 testing clinic on or after Day 6, the test was negative and they feel well.

There is ongoing risk following this 7-day self-isolation period, and a nose and throat (PCR) test is recommended again on Day 12. High risk settings (health care, aged care, correctional facilities) should be avoided where possible, and extra precautions taken around vulnerable people including family members, for a further week.

cheers

Ian
Ian Ross  | Principal – Westport Campus

 

12 December 2021 Update

Dear Westport Campus parents and carers,

As you are aware there have been a number of positive COVID-19 cases identified at  Hastings Secondary College - Westport Campus over the past week. Close, casual and no contact students and families were notified of their status last Thursday. Unfortunately, we have been advised by NSW Health that another 2 confirmed cases have been forthcoming over the weekend.

We will be assisting NSW Health by sending communications to those individuals who may be considered close, casual or no contact this evening.

Due to the significant reduction of students and staff numbers  in attendance at the campus, our educational delivery will be modified so that we can continue to meet the needs of students who are in attendance.  

Thankyou for your support. Our thoughts are with those families who have been impacted by this recent event.

Sincerely,
Meaghan CookCollege Principal.

 

09 December 2021, 8:40pm

Dear Parents and Carers,

As you are aware, Hastings Secondary College, Westport Campus was made non-operational for the onsite attendance of staff and students due to a member of our school community who tested positive to COVID-19.

The NSW Department of Education and NSW Health have been working closely to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff is maintained. This work has included identifying close contacts of the confirmed case.

The students and staff identified as contacts have been notified and asked to self-isolate for the required period. Please ensure you check the email address you have provided to the campus for any correspondence.

Our school will be operational for the onsite attendance of staff and students from Friday 10 December 2021. Cross campus classes will also recommence.

The safety and wellbeing of our staff and students is of paramount importance to us at all times. As such we will continue to work closely with NSW Health to ensure that all necessary health advice is adhered to.

Further information on COVID-19 is available on the NSW Government website.

Further information about the NSW Department of Education response to COVID-19 is available on the Departments website.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Ian Ross

Principal, Westport Campus

 

9 December 2021, 3:40pm

Dear Hastings Secondary College Community,

As you may know, Westport Campus is non-operational today for the on-site attendance of students and staff to allow time for contact tracing and cleaning after a member the Campus tested positive for COVID-19.

At this point, the contact tracing process is well on its way. This involves the college working very closely with NSW Health, cross-checking individuals is required which takes time.

Individual letters will be sent out to staff and student parents/carers outlining their contact status as soon as possible. How quickly we can generate individual letters is dependent on NSW Health. NSW Health will also determine if Westport Campus will be ‘Operational’ tomorrow. Please continue to check Facebook and email for updates throughout the evening.

The safety and wellbeing of our staff and students is of paramount importance to us at all times. As such we will continue to work closely with NSW Health to ensure that all necessary health advice is adhered to.

While we recognise this will be disruptive and inconvenient for families, it is important that we follow NSW Health advice and take all necessary precautions to minimise the risk of further transmission to support our community.

All staff and students of Westport Campus are asked to continue self-isolating until further advice is received.

We will update you as soon as possible when the contact tracing process has been completed. If you have any non-urgent health related questions in the meantime, please contact NSW Health on 1800 943 553.

Thank you once again for your ongoing support.

Ian Ross - Principal Westport Campus

 

9 December 2021, 10:20 am

Dear Hastings Secondary College Community,

As you may know, Westport Campus is non-operational today for the on-site attendance of students and staff to allow time for contact tracing and cleaning after a member the Campus tested positive for COVID-19.

All staff and students of Westport Campus have been asked to self-isolate until they receive further advice.

The decision to close Westport Campus was not made by the College, it was made by NSW Health in consultation with Health and Safety based on a risk matrix used by NSW Health.

The incorrect information posted on the NSW App claiming Port Macquarie Campus was non-operational has been logged, this app is not controlled by Hastings Secondary College. We apologise for any confusion here.

The operational status of the Campus for tomorrow at this point is unknown, however, the stage award presentation Assembly scheduled for Westport Campus tomorrow has been cancelled.

We will endeavour to keep our community informed and up to date as soon as any information is communicated from NSW Heath.

Thankyou for your patience and understanding.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or need any further information.

Ian Ross - Principal Westport Campus

                                    

8 December 2021

I would like to confirm with you that a member of our Westport Campus Community has tested positive for COVID-19.

Westport Campus will be non-operational for the on-site attendance of students and staff to allow time for contact tracing and cleaning.

All staff and students are asked to self-isolate until you receive further advice.

There is no requirement to get a COVID-19 test at this time unless you are unwell.

NSW Health has requested anyone who has been unwell or if you develop any symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell/taste, muscle/joint pains, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting or extreme tiredness to be tested at one of the COVID-19 testing clinics.

Further information about COVID-19 is available on the NSW Government website.

The NSW Department of Education will continue to work closely with NSW Health to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff is maintained.

The safety and wellbeing of our staff and students is of paramount importance to us at all times. As such we will continue to work closely with NSW Health to ensure that all necessary health advice is adhered to.

While we recognise this will be disruptive and inconvenient for families, it is important that we follow NSW Health advice and take all necessary precautions to minimise the risk of further transmission to support our community.

During this time, learning from home resources will be available from the learning from home hub.

We will update you as soon as possible when the contact tracing process has been completed. If you have any non-urgent health related questions in the meantime, please contact NSW Health on 1800 943 553.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Ian Ross - Westport Campus Principal