All children who have travelled to Hubei Province of China are advised to stay at home and avoid public settings, including attendance at schools and early learning centres, until 14 days after last being in Hubei province, China. This applies to any and all students even if they do not show any symptoms of the virus.
Children who are well and have travelled to other provinces in China, or any other areas where there have been reported cases, are NOT recommended to be excluded from schools unless the following applies:
• The person is a confirmed case of novel coronavirus
• The person is a close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus in the past 14 days
If you think your child is showing any relevant symptoms of the novel corona virus, please call the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to discuss further actions on 1300 651 160. You are also asked to advise the school if you feel that you may have been in contact with the virus.
This advice is also being provided to teachers and other school staff to ensure we mitigate any risks associated with the spread of the virus.
Linked below is a factsheet provided by the Victorian Government providing advice and information about the novel coronavirus, including what actions to take if your child is feeling unwell following travel to the Hubei province, and practical steps to avoid the spread of the virus.
You can also access further information and updates from the following websites:
• For Victorian updates to the current incident, go to: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/no...
• For national updates: https://www.health.gov.au/news...
• For international updates: https://www.who.int/westernpac...
• WHO resources https://www.who.int/health-top...
As you know, the safety and care of your child is paramount. In circumstances like these, there can understandably be a lot of concern and uncertainty.
Any further revised advice will be provided to you as it becomes available.