Dear Parents and Carers,
Further to our recent communications on the Novel Coronavirus, I want to update you on this afternoon’s announcement by the New South Wales government, issued by the Ministers for Health and Education.
The NSW Departments of Health and Education have recommended that any student who was in China over the past 14 days should not return to school or child care services this week, as the coronavirus’ incubation period can be as long as two weeks.
Please contact our office tomorrow morning if this will result in your child being away.
Students who returned to Australia more than 14 days ago and have shown no symptoms should be able to return to school this week.
The NSW Government has indicated that this afternoon’s announcement, whilst not medically necessary, is a precautionary measure in line with community expectations.
There are a small number of confirmed Novel Coronavirus cases in New South Wales.
In addition and as previously advised students should not attend school if they are a:
- Confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus – they should remain at home until they are medically cleared to return
- Close contact of a confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus – they should remain at home for 14 days since last contact with the confirmed case.
Close contact is defined as living in the same household, 15 minutes face-to-face contact with a person with confirmed coronavirus in any setting, or sharing a closed space with a person with confirmed coronavirus for more than 2 hours.
Thank you for your attention to this matter. We will continue to provide updates as they are sent out from the Department of Education.