COVID-19 FAQS for ethics volunteers

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The basics – term 4 2021

Every adult who enters a NSW public school, including all Primary Ethics volunteers, must [more detail on all these points follows below]:

  • be fully vaccinated for COVID-19
  • wear a mask (except when eating or exercising)
  • check in using the school’s QR code
  • practise any distancing requirements
  • maximise ventilation (make sure doors and window are open whenever possible)
  • maintain good hand hygiene
  • not attend the school if they are experiencing any signs or symptoms of illness, even if mild (in which case you must get a negative COVID-19 test before returning to the school.)

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All Primary Ethics volunteers are required by the Department of Education to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Allow two weeks after your second dose of vaccine before going into a school.

You will need your vaccination certificate with you on school grounds. Most people carry these on their smartphone, either in the Medicare app or in the Service NSW app. You can also carry a non-digital version.

Is your school closed due to a COVID case?

If there is a COVID-19 case at your school, the school will close for deep cleaning for approximately 24 hours. You should check the day before and on the morning of your lesson to make sure your school is open. Do not call Primary Ethics about this – instead:

Teaching in masks

Ethics teachers must wear a mask on school grounds and while teaching. Primary students are highly recommended to wear masks indoors. Masks are compulsory for high school students.

Children are organised to stay within a cohort  during lessons and while at play. The school will arrange the cohort for your lessons.

  • You should try to maintain 1.5 metre distance where possible and to teach outside or to make sure doors and windows are open for good ventilation where possible.
  • You will need to speak up and to ask the students to speak up to counteract the distance and the masks.