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Social Distancing and Coronavirus

'Social distancing is a set of non-pharmaceutical infection control actions intended to stop or slow down the spread of a contagious disease' (Wikipedia). In less formal jargon, it means being consciously aware of safe personal space during times of illness, such as that presented by COVID-19.

In this era of dramatic natural events (fire, flood, disease) we are becoming increasingly aware that change is in the air (no pun intended). Along with societal change and adjustment comes the introduction of new words to help us communicate meaningfully . While "Social Distance" is not a new concept - it was coined in the 1890's and was further developed to become the "Bogardus Social Distance Scale" in 1925 - it is today being applied to behaviour that will assist to limit the spread of the coronavirus epidemic.

Likewise, the term "coronaviruses" (CoV) is a term that has been utilised since 1960. It refers to a large family of viruses that include the common cold. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), however, is a new strain brought to our attention when it began infecting human beings in  2019. COVID-19 is different from the common cold and its effects are more severe, hence it also has another name: "severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2" or "SARS-CoV-2".

COVID-19 appears to spread just the same way as a common cold. Social distancing can help to limit viral contamination. Information about this practice is provided by the federal Department of Health on its website - see https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/03/coronavirus-covid-19-information-on-social-distancing.pdf. We will be endeavouring to apply some of the practices recommended therein at our school.

The Symptoms of Coronavirus

The federal Department of Health has produced the following graphic to assist people to determine if they should seek medical assistance in circumstances where there is no known contact with an infected or likely affected person.

coronavirus symptoms data

As for all matters pertaining to COVID-19, we strongly recommend you source your information from legitimate sources. If you have questions pertaining to precautionary practices being introduced at Riverside ESC, please do not hesitate to contact the Principal.

 

 

What's New

  • COVID-19 Update - Gates Open for Parents and Carers

    As WA continues to demonstrate success with the management of COVID-19, the State Government has authorised a relaxing of certain restrictions from today, some of which apply to our school. We welcome the opportunity to reconnect face-to-face with parents and carers, while staying mindful that the virus is not eradicated but well managed. Sound health and hygience practices must continue.

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  • Parent Session: Understanding and Managing Children's Anxiety

    Rockingham's KEYS (Kwinana Early Years Service), formed to deliver an integrated range of early years (0-12) services that will empower parents, carers and children to achieve positive life outcomes, will provide a free information session for parents and carers with children up to 12 years of age. By participating in this session, parents and guardians will be equipped to better support their children through anxious times.

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  • Noongar Season of Makuru

    There is much to learn about how our local environment responds to the changing seasons by learning more about the Noongar people's seasonal calendar. Their information is derived from the accumulated experience of more than 45,000 years of continuous living in Australia's south west. During June and July we journey through the Season of Makuru.

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  • Canteen Menu Update

    The Canteen Winter Menu (pdf file) is now online.

    For more details about the Canteen, click here.