COVID - 19
The Department of Education has provided the following updated advice from 13th March, 2020. All families are advised that the following special restrictions apply:
ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL
Who cannot attend school
Students cannot attend school and need to self-quarantine if they have:
a) left or transited through mainland China in the last 14 days, they must isolate themselves for 14 days from the date of leaving mainland China;
b) left or transited through Iran on or after 1 March, they must isolate themselves for 14 days after leaving Iran;
c) left or transited through the Republic of Korea, on or after 5 March, they must isolate themselves for 14 days after leaving the Republic of Korea;
d) left or transited through Italy in the last 14 days, they must isolate themselves for 14 days from the date of leaving Italy;
e) been informed by public health authorities that they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, they must isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case.
This also applies to all parents/carers, staff, contractors, visitors and volunteers on school sites.
Please contact the school, if you will be keeping your child at home because of recent travel to or transiting through the above countries. 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 phone 9266 6200. A medical certificate is not required to return to school.
Who can attend school
Students who have travelled to or transited through other countries (excluding China, Iran, Republic of Korea and Italy) can attend school. If a student displays symptoms they should not attend school and the family should seek medical advice.
All returned travellers who have travelled in or transited through “higher risk” countries or a country considered to pose a “moderate risk” of transmission in the last 14 days should self-monitor for symptoms and immediately isolate themselves if they become unwell.
Higher Risk Moderate Risk
Must isolate for 14 days prior to attending Can attend school, but self-monitor
- Mainland China All other countries
- Republic of Korea
The most up to date list can be accessed at: https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/ohp-covid-19-countries.htm
I hope that you will understand that keeping your child at home during any potential incubation period is precautionary and designed to minimise the potential transmission of COVID-19.
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 please visit the Department of Health website or call the Heath Department hotline on 1800 300 243.