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Kamay Botany Bay Environmental Education Centre

Kamay Botany Bay Environmental Education Centre

Leading Living Learning

Telephone02 9668 2070

Emailkamaybotany-e.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Term 4 Covid Safety information and risk assessments

Kamay Botany Bay Environmental Education Centre (KBBEEC) is permitted to run excursions in line with requirements set out by NSW Health and NSW Department of Education. We appreciate everyone’s support as we implement new measures to maintain the health and safety of all students and staff.

The NSW Public Health Order requires students to be in groups of no more than 30. This includes an EEC teacher and a visiting teacher from the school.  After leaving the bus, the groups must remain as a separate group for the duration of the excursion. As a result of the Public Health Order and smaller group sizes it is not financially feasible to have larger groups of students on excursions.

Kamay BBEEC is offering virtual lessons and limited incursions to schools nearby. Stage 6 students can book in for fieldwork providing the numbers adhere to the Public Health Orders.

If you are in doubt, please contact the EEC on 9668 2070 

Risk Assessment

After you book an excursion, we will email you a draft risk assessment including infection control measures. Use the information to assist you in preparing your own risk assessment.

Roles and responsibilities of visiting teachers

Prior to arriving for excursion

  • Stay at home when unwell. Staff and students must not attend the excursion if they are unwell, even if they have mild symptoms.

  • Organise groups of not more than 30 people. To comply with NSW Health Orders, there is a limit of 30 people per group in outdoor gatherings. This includes a teacher from our centre, a teacher from your school, any support staff and students. Please organise groups of maximum 30 each from your school, including teachers, support staff and students. Each group requires a teacher from your school. These groups must be organised prior to arrival at the excursion site, as they must be separated into groups of 30 when they get off the bus.

  • Non-essential adults are not permitted at school events. Parents and carers are not permitted on excursions.

  • Carry emergency contact information for all students. If a student falls ill on an excursion, you will need to contact a parent or carer or emergency contact.

  • Practice good hygiene. Remind all students and staff of good hygiene, e.g. regular washing or sanitising of hands, and avoiding sharing food and personal items.

  • Maintain respiratory hygiene. Remind all students and staff of respiratory hygiene practices, e.g. coughing or sneezing into your elbow.

  • Bring a reusable water bottle. All students and visiting staff should bring a reusable water bottle, and refill bottles rather than drinking directly from bubblers.

  • Bring personal equipment. Students should bring and use their own pencil or pen and clipboard (clipboards are only required if you have received student worksheets).

On excursion

  • Pre-arrange groups of 30 maximum. Students and staff must be separated into groups of 19 when they get off the bus.

  • Participate in outdoor gatherings of not more than 30 people. Students and staff (visiting and EEC) must remain with the same group for the duration of the excursion.  Groups must remain separate from each other for the duration of the excursion, from when they disembark the bus until they reboard the bus at the end of the day. This includes recess and lunch breaks. Excursion groups should ensure adequate physical distancing from any other people in the National Park.

  • Students do not need to follow strict adult physical distancing guidelines. However, it is important that good hygiene practices are promoted and practiced.

  • Maintain physical distance. All adults (including teachers and support staff) must maintain 1.5m physical distancing from each other and minimise close contact with students.

  • Manage ill students or staff. If a student falls ill while on excursion, they will need to be physically distanced. A teacher from the visiting school will need to organise collection of the student by a parent or carer or emergency contact. If a staff member (visiting or EEC) falls ill, they will need to physically distance and arrange to leave the excursion.

  • Implement hand hygiene practices. Remind students to wash or sanitise their hands before and after eating and after going to the toilet. Encourage hand hygiene practices at regular intervals as required.

Safety

The well-being and safety of visiting students and teachers and our staff is extremely important to us. To ensure the safest possible environment, we have implemented the measures below:

  • All EEC staff are following Department of Education infection control procedures.

  • Each group will have access to hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes all day.

  • Where possible, enough equipment will be provided to avoid sharing. Where equipment must be shared, it will be wiped down with a suitable cleaning wipe before use by the next group.

  • At the conclusion of an excursion all equipment will be cleaned using detergent and water or suitable cleaning wipes.