Brisbane Grammar School is committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of our students and staff and is working quickly to respond to the evolving COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak.
Since January 2020, a team of BGS staff has been responding to the issue. The BGS Crisis Management Team – including representatives from the Senior Leadership Team, Health Services, Risk and Compliance, Boarding, and Communications – continues to examine developments closely. Multiple programs of work are in progress to ensure BGS responds appropriately and effectively.
The Crisis Management Team has developed a school-wide Response Plan (summarised below) and is updating the School's Business Continuity Plan. The team meets regularly to consider any COVID-19 developments and potential impacts on the School community and operations. Updates are provided to the BGS community as new information becomes available.
BGS continues to follow Government advice.
BGS COVID-19 Response Plan
The COVID-19 Response Plan is managed by a Crisis Management Team which includes the Headmaster, the School's Health Professional (Nurse) and leaders of students, boarding, risk, and communications.
Key matters addressed in our COVID-19 Response Plan include:
- incident response protocols (including isolation, involvement of emergency services and reporting to Government health authorities);
- detailed checklists for persons presenting with symptoms of COVID-19;
- specific response and isolation protocols for the boarding house;
- a designated isolation facility for cases of suspected infections;
- a crisis management team;
- communication strategies (for parents, media, senior leadership and Trustees);
- protocols for cleaning and maintenance staff;
- leave provisions for isolated staff; and
- continuity of education for isolated staff and students (minor and major scenarios).
The BGS COVID-19 Response Plan is fluid and is updated in response to pronouncements from relevant authorities, notably Queensland Health, the Public Health Unit, the Department of Education and the World Health Organisation.