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The following hygiene practices are continually being reinforced:
- All students requested to wash their hands before recess, lunch and crunch & sip. Posters displayed in classrooms and in toilets with procedures for washing hands.
- Classroom doors and a wet area door to be left open when possible.
- Staff will minimise students changing desks where possible.
- Staff have discussed with students the COVID-19 virus in terms of outlining hygiene expectations.
Learn the facts Constant media coverage about the Coronavirus can keep us in a heightened state of anxiety. Try to limit related media exposure and instead seek out factual information from reliable sources such as the Australian Government’s health alert or other trusted organisations such as the World Health Organisation.
Keep things in perspective When we are stressed it is easy to see things as worse than they really are. Rather than imagining the worst-case scenario and worrying about it, ask yourself:
- Am I getting ahead of myself, assuming something bad will happen when I really don’t know the outcome? Remind yourself that the actual number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Australia is relatively low.
- Am I overestimating how bad the consequences will be? Remember, illness due to Coronavirus infection is usually mild and most people recover without needing specialised treatment.
- Am I underestimating my ability to cope? Sometimes thinking about how you would cope, even if the worst were to happen, can help you put things into perspective.
Take reasonable precautions Being proactive by following basic hygiene principles can keep your anxiety at bay. The World Health Organization recommends a number of protective measures against the Coronavirus, including to: wash your hands frequently avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth stay at home if you begin to feel unwell until you fully recover seek medical care early if you have a fever, cough or experience breathing difficulties.
Practise self-care To help encourage a positive frame of mind, it is important to look after yourself. Everybody practises selfcare differently with some examples including: • maintaining good social connections and communicating openly with family and friends • making time for activities and hobbies you enjoy • keeping up a healthy lifestyle • practising relaxation, meditation and mindfulness to give your body a chance to settle and readjust to a calm state