Novel Coronavirus Information
As you may be aware, Novel coronavirus was detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province in China in late December 2019. There have been a number of recent cases of the virus confirmed in Australia, although to date there have been no confirmed cases reported in Western Australia.
The Department of Health advises that if a student has been in contact with someone who has contracted the virus, they should seek medical advice and must stay away from school until they are clear of symptoms for 14 days.
As a further precaution, late Tuesday the Ministers for Education and Health requested that students who have travelled to, or transited through, China or Hong Kong in the past two weeks be asked to stay away from school for a period of 14 days from the date they left China or Hong Kong returned to Australia.
Consequently, it is requested that you keep your child or children away from school should the above apply to them. Current medical advice is that while the risk of the virus being transmitted in Australia is low, this voluntary exclusion will cover the incubation period. Should your child not exhibit any symptoms for 14 days after returning to Australia, he/she may attend school.
Please contact the school, if you will be keeping your child at home because of recent travel to or transiting through China or Hong Kong. I would also request that you provide the school with the anticipated period of absence. This information can be made via email email@example.com or phone 9266 6200.
I hope that you will understand that the option to keep your child at home during any potential incubation period is precautionary and designed to minimise the potential transmission of the Novel coronavirus.
The Department of Education is working closely with the Health Department to monitor the situation, and further advice will be provided as it becomes available.
Should you wish to access more information about the virus, including a parent factsheet, please visit the Department of Health website or call the Heath Department Coronavirus hotline on 1800 300 243.
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