Together in Education - Week 2 Update

Posted on April 28, 2020

We hope this finds you well.

Yesterday the "Term 2 operating guidelines" were re-released by Director General Tony Cook. They have been updated to reflect the advice arising from the National Cabinet meeting held on Friday, 24 April and the updated Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advice regarding the operations of schools during the ongoing COVID-19 situation in Australia.

Last week information about PPE and cleaning of IT devices was also released. See a relevant excerpt:

Computer, device and accessory cleaning

When loaning computers, devices accesories and any other IT equipment to students, it is important to ensure they are cleaned prior to being used.

Equipment should be cleaned regularly. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is recommended that any computers, devices and accessories being used in a controlled environment such as a home by members of the same family,
are wiped down at least once per day. When issuing equipment to students, this recommendation should be provided.

Prior to handling computers, devices or accessories that have been returned by parents, carers or students, this process must be followed prior to any work being undertaken:

  • parent, carer or student must place the computer or device in a designated area which is to be monitored until the appropriate IT Officer takes possession
  • IT Officer is to use the School Cleaners product (S-Clean) for hygienically cleaning surfaces
  • prior to using S-Clean, the IT Officer must read and understand the safety data sheet and use the product as per the manufacturer's guidelines
  • any accessories must also be cleaned prior to any handling

When undertaking cleaning, keep in mind any allergies or sensitivities that you or users of the equipment may have and ensure that all products used are safe.

Use a microfibre or soft cloth to remove any debris and use a disinfectant wipe or S-Clean sprayed onto a clean microfibre cloth and then wipe over the keyboard, mouse, screen and any accessories or attachments.

Prior to issuing the computer, device or accessories to the parent/carer/student please ensure you wipe it down and clean it. Do not let anyone else touch it prior to it being collected.

Ensure you practice good hand hygiene at all times and wash your hands after you handle a device.

EB Ballot Results Announced- Yes!

Last Wednesday the Director General released the results of our EB ballot to all staff – we understand that unfortunately many members didn’t receive this advice directly and we have raised this with the DG’s office.

The message from Director General Tony Cook said this:

Dear colleagues

The employee ballot for the Department of Education Certified Agreement 2019 (the DoE Agreement) closed at 11.59 pm, Thursday 9 April 2020. The ballot returned a valid majority of eligible employees in support of the agreement.

A total of 7219 employees or 51 per cent (out of approximately 14,209 eligible employees) voted on the agreement. Of those employees who voted on the proposed DoE Agreement, 96 per cent voted in support.

The department will provide an update with further information on this matter when it is available.

Tony Cook
Department of Education

How are you finding home-based learning and school adjusted with smaller numbers?

We’re here to raise any issues or concerns. Together, we will get through this challenging time and make the best of it.

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