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Dear Parents
Re: Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
As you would be aware there has been an outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This was detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in late December 2019. As we have many families who travel to and from China over the holiday period, I appreciate that this is concerning for our school community.

Presently, schools have been advised by the Department of Education to follow Department of Health guidelines for this virus (information included below) and the standard guidelines for reducing the risk of transmission of a communicable disease. We anticipate that there may be further directives issued over the next 48 hours.
Please be assured that the school is committed to working with staff, parents and students to minimise the spread of potential infection.

ALL parents can support our efforts by:
1. Keeping your child at home if they show symptoms that indicate early stages of illness such as coughing and sneezing.
2. Parents to seek medical advice if your child has ongoing symptoms.
3. Informing the school office if you have:
"    travelled to the Hubei Province recently or
"    travelled to China over the Christmas break

The school will follow the below Department of Health Guidelines:
Exclusion from Schools and Early Childhood Centres
If a child or staff member has been informed by Public Health authorities that they are a close contact of a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), irrespective of whether they have developed symptoms, they cannot attend their school or early childhood centre until their local public health unit informs them that it is safe for them to do so.

If a child or staff member has a recent travel history to mainland China and develops symptoms (listed below), they should contact their primary care provider. Their primary care provider will liaise with the school and the Public Health units and determine whether or not the child/staff member needs to be excluded from their school or early childhood centre.

If a child or staff member has travelled to mainland China and has not developed any of the symptoms (listed below), they may attend their school or early childhood centre and should not be excluded.
What is this virus?

Coronaviruses can make humans and animals sick. Some coronaviruses can cause illness similar to the common cold and others can cause more serious diseases, including Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

The virus originating in Hubei Province, China is called 'novel' because it is new. It had not been detected before this outbreak. Most people infected live in, or travelled to, Hubei Province, China.

There have been cases of 2019-nCoV reported in other Chinese provinces and other countries. Itis likely that the virus originally came from an animal, and there is evidence that it can spread from person-to-person.
What are the symptoms?

Symptoms include (but are not limited to) fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath.
What if, in the last 14 days, a student or staff member has been to Hubei Province?

The school will provide them (or the parent(s) or guardian(s)) with the fact sheet and counsel them to monitor their health closely and report any symptoms to their primary care provider.

In addition, we will implement our school based emergency response plan if and when we have a confirmed case of this virus at school. We will also continue to provide updates to parents if and when the Department issues further advice regarding schools response to this potential threat.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards
Anika Blackmore

A reminder that if a student has travelled to or through China  in the past two weeks, parents are asked to keep them away from school for a period of 14 days from the date they returned to Perth.

School Office hours are 8:30am to 3:30pm

Uniform Shop open Tuesday 8:45am during the term

Term 1 concludes on Thursday 9th April

Term 2 commences on
26 February
P & C Annual General Meeting 7:30pm
28 February
Kindy Blue
2 March
Public Holiday - NO SCHOOL
6 March
Kindy Red and Yellow

Assembly Rooms 15, 16 and 17 School Rules
9 March
Year 6 National Young Leaders Day
12 March
Swimming Carnival

P & C Carnival Cafe
13 March
Kindy Blue
14 March
P & C Movie Night
16 March
PP - Year 3 Swimming Lessons everyday to Friday 27th March
17 March
Commonwealth Harmony Youth Choir
20 March
Kindy Red and Yellow

Assembly Year 4 Room 8
23 March
PP - Year 3 Swimming Lessons everyday to Friday 27th March
25 March
Year 6 Camp return Friday 27th March
27 March
Kindy Blue

Year 6 Camp returns
30 March
Yrs 4-6 Swmming Lessons everyday to the end of term, Thursday 9th April
1 April
Interschool Swimming Carnival
3 April
Kindy Red and Yellow
6 April
Yrs 4-6 Swmming Lessons everyday to the end of term, Thursday 9th April
8 April
Pre-Primary and Year 1 Pool Fun Day
9 April
Last Day Term 1