COVID-19 advice for BGS community

 
​​​​​​Brisbane Grammar School is committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of our students. Staff are working quickly to respond to the evolving COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak.

We strongly urge parents to keep their boys at home if they are unwell.

Similarly, staff should not attend the School if they display any flu-like symptoms.

BGS remains open and operating, but the current environment means things are different. Read the School's update about COVID-19 providing specific details of the learning schedule and student expectations for delivery of the curriculum online for the rest of Term 1: COVID-19 Update from the Headmaster - 25 March 2020.

More information pertaining to the delivery of the curriculum is available here: COVID-19 Update from the Headmaster - 20 March 2020.​​

For the latest information on how the issue is impacting the different areas of BGS – including event cancellations – please click on the relevant link below:

If BGS needs to close due to COVID-19, parents and guardians should follow the BGS Procedure for Shutdown​.

Read on below for the latest information on COVID-19, including:
  • ​Government Directives
  • When Isolation is Mandated​
  • Health and Safety at BGS
  • Preventative Measures

​Stay Informed​

If you would like up-to-date information about COVID-19, please visit the Que​ensland Health website.

​Prime Minister directives

​Directives on COVID-19 from the Prime Minister (announced 15 March):

Schools will remain open and respond to local issues as required and on the advice of health authorities:​
  • All international travel arrivals will be required to self-quarantine on arrival back in Australia for a period of 14 days;
  • Mass gatherings of 500+ people are not to proceed; and
  • For other non-essential gatherings, consider the need to proceed and the issues of health and hygiene/social distancing as further mitigations to the spread of the virus.
BGS will continue to work with relevant governing bodies to make sensible judgements about cocurricular activities and other mass school gatherings.

​When Isolation is Mandated

People cannot attend any BGS site if they:
  • have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days; or
  • arrived in Australia from overseas.
People affected by any of the above situations can return to BGS after 14 days isolation and without presenting any symptoms of the virus.

Health and Safety at BGS

BGS has increased its health and hygiene practices to amplify infection control, through:
  • targeted cleaning in public and shared spaces, with a focus on hard surfaces;
  • additional hand sanitiser units; and
  • communication campaigns to raise awareness of healthy hygiene habits.
The School has purchased a mechanical fogging machine to sanitise student social spaces, lockers, and other larger areas. The machine distributes a mist of disinfectant. It is being used before School and after morning tea and lunch bre​aks across the campus. Please note, a second grounds-person ​alerts the applicator to stop if students or staff are passing.

​Preventative Measures

To minimise the risk of spreading infection, we request all persons at our sites to adopt the following practices:
  • no mass gatherings e.g. school assemblies;
  • all GPS sport and activities cancelled until further notice;
  • social distancing measures have been put in place;
  • any member of the community exhibiting flu-like symptoms instructed to seek medical advice;
  • regularly clean hands with soap or alcohol-based hand rubs;
  • cover nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing; and
  • avoid contact with anyone who has fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, or laboured breathing.
People affected by any of the above situations can return to BGS after 14 days isolation and without presenting any symptoms of the virus.

The BGS Health Centre (07 3834 5222) and your local GP can provide guidance if required. Below are some key contacts to note:

  • Queensland Health ​advice and information
  • Metro North Public Health Unit (07 3624 1111)
  • 24/7 National Coronavirus Health Information Line (1800 020 080)
  • 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84)


Social distancing

Social Distancing government infographic.jfif 
Source: Australian Government