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A message from our CEO Kay Turner: Coronavirus

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) begins to have an increased impact on communities, there’s a lot of information circulating, particularly in the news and on social media. Not all of it is accurate or helpful, so it can be difficult to know what to do.

Our top priority is always people’s safety and wellbeing.

We’re doing everything we can to keep everyone at SDN safe. This includes taking the necessary steps to help prevent the spread of illness.

We’re continuing to follow official guidance from the government and health authorities. and we’ll continue to put in place the safeguards that reflect the best available information from those authorities.

We remain committed to the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness and have strengthened our detailed procedures in this area to minimise the spread of COVID-19.

These include:

  • Sanitising tables, chairs, play materials, office furniture and equipment, kitchens and tablets frequently throughout the day;
  • Cleaning contact points such as door handles, taps and handrails regularly;
  • Reminding everyone of the importance of thorough and frequent handwashing.

We’re practising social distancing where we can and minimising the number of non-SDN people visiting our sites; and where we do have visitors, we ‘re asking them to complete a self-disclosure form.

We’re cancelling all early learning centre excursions and non-essential incursions, all face-to-face staff professional development; and we’re organising virtual, instead of face to face, sessions for families with our Children’s Therapy team.

We have a COVID-19 response team working through a range of possible scenarios that may or may not eventuate.  

In the meantime, right now, there are three things we are asking everyone at SDN, including visitors, to do:

  1. Practice good hygiene. This includes effective handwashing, appropriate coughing and sneezing etiquette, surface cleaning, and the use of disposable gloves.
  2. Follow Australian Health Department guidelines about isolating yourself and not coming to any SDN location if you have come into direct contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or have travelled internationally in the previous 14 days.
  3. Take any flu-like symptoms seriously and get yourself checked out and cleared by your GP before coming to any SDN location.

This is an evolving situation. No one can predict with certainty how severely COVID-19 will impact us and our local communities. We are monitoring the situation closely and are preparing alternate plans for if/when they are required. We will keep everyone updated with information as it develops.

Our frontline staff are really busy providing quality services, so we’ve set up an email address so that you have somewhere to go with your questions. While we may not be able to answer every question individually, we will use your questions to create regular updates.

The email address is covid19-queries@sdn.org.au  

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