School Covid plans

COVID cases are continuing to plateau according to Public Health, with fewer than 700 cases being reported daily.

With schools due to return on Wednesday, February 9, the Government intends to provide back-to-school packs, which include RATs and masks.

Premier Peter Gutwein said the packs for Early Childhood Education and Care were being put together, with distribution starting Monday, January 31.

“As we make the transition to living with Covid, it’s important we review processes in place that reflect public health requirements,’’ Mr Gutwein said.
“Work is currently under way to determine whether the Check In Tas App should remain in place, and potentially be used for certain high risk settings, such as aged care facilities, hospitals and large mass gatherings, such as festivals.
“I would like to remind Tasmanians that vaccination is our greatest line of defence against Covid-19 and it’s the simple things that will keep us safe – such as washing our hands, covering our coughs, wearing a mask indoors, socially distancing and testing if we are unwell.”

“More than 36 per cent of eligible Tasmanians over 18 have now had their booster, and if you’re due, make sure you get it.
“With 45 per cent of Tasmanian children aged five to 11 having had their first vaccination prior to school returning, there is still time for every child to receive a vaccination before school returns.’’

Health Minister Jeremy Rockliff said a Return to Schools Plan was in place to ensure students and teachers were safe.

“Understandably, we do know that there is a level of anxiety in the community about the return to school,’’ Mr Rockliff said.
“Our number one priority will always be the safety and wellbeing of children in our schools. Sometimes it can be difficult to talk to your child about things that may be concerning to them, knowing how to approach these conversations and knowing what to say isn’t always easy.”
“To help parents talk to their child about Covid-19 and the return to school, an information sheet has been developed by the Department of Education that provides handy tips for parents to talk to their Child about Covid-19.’’

Talking to kids about Covid tips include:
• Open the discussion;
• Answer questions simply and truthfully;
• Take your cues from your child by encouraging questions;
• Stay calm and answer your child’s questions;
• Be reassuring;
• Focus on what you’re doing to stay safe;
• Stick to routines as a way to stay grounded; and • Keep talking to your children especially as things change.