From the Principal

Covid-19 Update

Below is a transcript of information forwarded to families on Friday 7 August.

Dear members of the Pulteney Grammar School community,

The recent week has seen two schools closed due to the reappearance of confirmed cases of coronavirus. As you are aware, Pulteney has, and will continue, to maintain a cautious approach consistent with state and federal guidelines. At this point in time no further advice has been provided to schools for consideration or action. Throughout the coming weeks, it is possible that there will be cause to re-introduce some restrictions or to alter arrangements as guidelines may require. We will endeavour to provide as much notice as possible in these situations and thank you in advance for your understanding of what this might demand.

Yesterday, some 6,000 tests were undertaken across Adelaide at the various voluntary and free clinics available to the general public without either referral or booking. It can be presumed that this will continue for the time being. Could I take this opportunity to reiterate the following health advice and Covid-19 testing protocols:

Covid-19 Testing

SA Health advises that anyone may be tested and that everyone who displays, even very mildly, the following symptoms should be tested: 

  • fever OR chills (with no alternative illness that explains these symptoms)
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of taste and smell

After a Covid-19 test, SA Health advises to go straight home and self-isolate while you wait for your test result (which should be provided within 48 hours) and:

  • stay at home and do not attend work, school or childcare
  • wash your hands often with soap and water
  • cough and sneeze into a clean tissue or your elbow
  • avoid close contact with others, including members of your household.
Covid-19 testing requirements – essential travellers

Essential travellers returning from Victoria are required to be tested on return to South Australia and self-quarantine for 14 days. During this time, a returned essential traveller is expected to keep a register of close contacts for the duration of their self-quarantine.

Pulteney would ask that should a member of the household be an essential traveller to Victoria, that you please contact the appropriate Head of School to advise them of this.

 

Cameron Bacholer

Principal