A reminder that if a student has travelled to or through China or Hong Kong in the past two weeks, parents are asked to keep them away from school for a period of 14 days from the date.
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:
- Keeping your child at home if they show symptoms that indicate early stages of illness such as coughing and sneezing.
- Parents to seek medical advice if your child has ongoing symptoms.
- 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.
Update No.3 Corona Virus
UNIFORM SHOP – CLOSED
Students and staff safety is our highest priority.
Due to the Corona Virus the uniform shop will be closed for two weeks.
Please complete the order form supplied on the table in front of the uniform shop. Orders must be completed and placed into the uniform order box supplied (Forms and Return Box in Altius Centre, not Admin office).
All completed uniform order forms will be prepared and sent to your child’s class as soon as possible. (New students are not required to wear uniform until they are supplied). Ideally if any new students can wear a blue shirt until their order has been delivered to the classroom.
We are sorry for any inconvenience and we thank you for your support.
Nedlands Primary School