At JGDC our priority is the safety and wellbeing of our students, families and faculty. In light of the current outbreak of the Coronavirus, we wanted to be proactive in sharing with you the following contingency plans we have put in place as a precautionary measure. We are constantly checking the Australian Government Department of Health’s website which provides the latest medical advice and official reports on this matter, and will advise if there any changes to those outlined below. We are committed to staying open as long as possible as we believe it is important to provide continuity and consistency for students in this challenging time. With that in mind…
Immediate Measures for JGDC
We will be ensuring that all touched surfaces are disinfected, including acro mats, ballet barres, studio doors, railing on stairs, toilet doors etc. throughout the day & prior to each class. The main door to Reception will be propped open unless weather permits otherwise.
In addition to the bottle of hand sanitiser we usually have at our front desk & in all our studios, we will also have sanitisers at the entrance to the reception area, at the entrance to all studios and in the waiting room to ensure everyone has access to these.
To reduce the spread of infection we have removed the toys from the waiting room and our Dinosaurs from the garden.
We have removed shared Tea and Coffee facilities. Additionally, there will be also no fruit available for the time being.
We will not be using shared props such as scarves and tiaras in classes and limiting contact such as holding hands in circles, Hi-5’s and partner work.
Our end of term ‘Watching Week’ has been postponed. We will share an exercise from each class via the JGDC Facebook group to act as a ‘virtual watching week’ and we look forward to returning to our normal process when safe to do so.
We ask that parents use the waiting room only when absolutely necessary. It is recommended that where possible parents wait in cars, or go for a walk instead of waiting in the communal space. This will help limit the amount of people we have on site at any one time.
We respectfully ask that any student or parent who has recently travelled to an affected area does not attend our studio for 14 days upon return.
We ask that any student who is unwell with flu like symptoms refrain from coming to class. Please contact our office to organise make up lessons once your child has return to full health.
We ask all parents and students to use the hand sanitisers made available upon entering our Centre.
In order to keep up supply of hand sanitiser- donations are gratefully accepted. It is in short supply nationally so if you see some- please grab it for us and deliver to our front desk.
Should your child require a 14 day quarantine period as requested by health professional please contact us so we can organise class via video for them. Academy students have access to parts of their classes via Movitae and this can also be organised for any Club student that requires a quarantine period
In the Event Of A Forced Closure
In the event that the Government enforces a 14 day compulsory shut down, we have put a contingency plan in place whereby we will share classes via an online video platform that our students can access from home thereby continuing to deliver our lessons.
Please note should this extreme measure need to be put in place we will provide you information on how to access the online classes and therefore there will be no refund on term fees for this period. For now, please be assured that there is a plan in place ready to go should we need it.
Helpful information about reducing your risk of infection
Practising good sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence against most viruses. You should:
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet
Cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser
And if unwell, avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people).
Coronavirus is certainly a concern and should not be taken lightly, it is important to remember however, that most people displaying symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or tiredness are likely suffering with a cold or other respiratory illness – not coronavirus. We do not want to cause any panic and ask that common sense is used during this time.
We are Continually monitoring the situation closely and will continue to provide you with any updated information as we receive it. Please rest assured the safety of our students is ALWAYS forefront in our minds.
For updated and factual information about Coronavirus (including translated information), please refer to the Government of SA Health website https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/public+content/sa+health+internet/health+topics/health+topics+a+-+z/novel+coronavirus