COVID 19 OUTBREAK PREPAREDNESS AND MANAGEMENT PLAN

Prepared 3/1/2022. 

To be reviewed weekly, or after an outbreak is experienced.

Distributed to all staff, students, and families

Manager in charge of the oversight and implementation of this plan, and liaison with Public Health if necessary: Andrew Casey – 0417 827 805


Record of Entry

  • All staff, students and family members are to check-in via Check-in Tas app or manual sign-in at the beginning when entering the React Space. Manual sign-in sheets are available at the front entry.

  • Student attendance will also be recorded prior to the commencement of class.


Vaccination of Tutors

  • All Tutors and volunteers are required by the Department of Health to be vaccinated and get the third shot when eligible.

  • Proof of vaccination has been emailed to React Director Andrew Casey from staff and volunteers to keep on file.


Ventilation

  • All React activities are performed either in the React Studio Space or in a hired theatre space at the end of Term 2 and Term 4. React Ensemble may also be undertaking activities in a hired space at the end of Term 1 and Term 3.

  • React will ensure that the React Space is well ventilated with windows to be left open wherever possible before, during and after class.

  • Where practicable, every attempt will be made to ensure external venues are well ventilated during rehearsals and performances.


Prevention/Planning

  • Masks are to be worn upon entry to the React Space and any performing spaces hired by React by everyone over the age of 12.  Wearing masks is optional for students under the age of 12, parental discretion is advised in this instance. 

  • While wearing of masks is not required during performances, masks should be worn when people are not on stage including before and after the performance.

  • Stocks of gloves, surgical masks, hand sanitiser and wipes to be made available to staff and students.

  • Tutors and students will be encouraged to maintain social distancing where possible during classes.

  • Frequently touched surfaces such as chairs, door handles, railings and light switches will be cleaned regularly, including before and after each class. 

  • Staff, students, and family members to be reminded to stay home if they experience any cold and flu symptoms including headache, sore throat, cough, or runny nose.

  • Students will be asked to leave class if they present with cold and flu symptoms.

  • In the event a class tutor is unwell, every attempt will be made to continue with scheduled classes. However, in the event a class needs to be cancelled or postponed, parents and students will be contacted via both email and text message.

  • Staff and students who are known close contacts of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 will not be permitted to attend class until they have completed their 7-day quarantine period.

  • All staff who have cold and flu symptoms will be required to take a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) at home and only return to work if the test is negative and they are free of symptoms. If the RAT is positive, they will be required to follow directions from the Department of Health.



If a case is detected at the React Studio Space:

  • React staff will follow current health advice and consult with Public Health in relation to the case.

  • React staff will make every effort to contact students and tutors attending class at the same time as the positive case.

  • As our classes are less than 4 hours duration, tutors and students would not be considered close contacts but are advised to monitor and get tested if presenting with symptoms

  • Thorough cleaning of all furniture, equipment, props, the kitchen, and bathroom will take place following public health recommendations and protocols.

  • The Director will seek guidance from the Department of Health as to whether the classes can continue following a deep clean of the site.

  • Any further directions in this instance including any questions about any exposure you may have had should be taken from the Department of Health and/or information from the Public Health hotline (1800 671 738).


If a case is detected during a performance:

  • React staff will follow current health advice and consult with Public Health and the venue in relation to the case.

  • React staff will make every effort to contact students, tutors and patrons attending the performance. 

  • As performances are less than 4 hours duration, students, tutors, and patrons would not be considered close contacts but are advised to monitor and get tested if presenting with symptoms

  • Thorough cleaning of all furniture, equipment, props, kitchen and bathroom will take place following public health recommendations and protocols.

  1. Any further directions in this instance including any questions about any exposure you may have had should be taken from the Department of Health and/or information from the Public Health hotline (1800 671 738).