Coronavirus: Dealing with this unprecedented emergency

The whole world is sitting on the edge of their seat awaiting updates as to the status of this far reaching and unpredictable new enemy. As a principal you are in an overwhelming position where people are looking to you for certainty and leadership. Throughout this time not only must you be informed but also to take care of your physical and mental health.

Are you okay?

The unknown quantity of this new threat has many people feeling anxious and afraid. We are in unprecedented territory. Social distancing can quickly make us feel isolated, adding to an environment of fear and loneliness. In this time more than ever we need to connect to each other in any way we can. We are here for you to get any concerns off your chest about the running of your school or just for a friendly chat.

Looking after your mental health

Beyond Blue have put together a resource for your mental health. To find the full guide click here.

In summary:

  • Try to maintain perspective. Whilst its reasonable to be concerned the world is united in treating this virus.
  • Limit media exposure.
  • Access quality information from creditable sources including WHOAustralian Government and Smart Traveller.
  • Try to be practical and calm.
  • Manage mental health.
  • Seek support.

Beyond Blue are also facilitating a discussion forum to share your experiences with the virus situation here or phone/web counselling on 1300 22 4636.

School closures and supporting your students 

As it stands, the advice is for schools to remain open despite many independent schools electing to close their doors until further notice. If you have any concerns please contact us to discuss otherwise stay updated here or phone the Coronavirus Health Information Line (24/7) on 1800 020 080.

If schools are required to close there will be additional considerations for principals in managing the safety and wellbeing of staff and students, especially if staff are required to work remotely.

In the meantime, it is important to support your students as best as possible. This video has some useful tips for talking to young people about difficult news.

How can Brennan Law Partners assist?

Brennan Law Partners can assist you in managing the running of your school in this uncertain time be it in handling students, parents or staff, implementing hygiene practices or making decisions about safe practice. We are here to work through any concerns you may have.

If you have any questions regarding any information in this BLP Brief, we welcome you to contact us at any time.

This is meant as a guide only and should not be taken as legal advice.

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