Tag: Coronavirus

  • The NSW Department of Education is introducing proactive measures to limit the impact of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our schools.

    Mark Scott, Secretary of the Department of Education, announced that schools would adopt social distancing measures requiring them to cancel assemblies, excursions, travel, some events and conferences.

    Mr Scott said these measures are precautionary and designed to reduce exposure via non-essential gatherings.

    "Schools have been a focus of the community and the government as the impacts of coronavirus have developed globally," Mr Scott said.

    "From Monday onwards, I expect school assemblies and substantial gatherings to be cancelled, along with all excursions.

    "The community expects schools to be as safe as possible. We are implementing these measures to provide peace of mind for students, parents and staff."

    "These cancellations also extend to inter-school arts, sports, initiative activities and events.

  • The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee has met to consider the issue of school closures in relation to the community transmission of COVID-19. The Committee’s advice is that pre-emptive closures are not likely to be proportionate or effective as a public health intervention to prevent community transmission of COVID-19 at this time.

    There is currently limited information on the contribution of children to transmission of COVID-19, with the WHO-China Joint Mission noted the primary role of household transmission and observed that children tended to be infected from adults.

  • NSW Department of Education have indicated a ‘phased social distancing strategy’ is to be implemented from Monday 16 March 2020. As part of this strategy 'Arts, Sports and Initiatives events will be temporarily ceased until further notice'. The Sydney North Schools Sports Association advises that the following trials/championships/knockouts will not proceed - 

    • Primary girls football trials
    • Central venue water polo days
    • Primary Australian Football trials
    • Secondary Rugby League trials
    • Buckley Shield Central venue days
    • University Shield Central venues days
    • Secondary Boys Football trials
    • Secondary Boys hockey trials
    • Secondary Girls hockey trials
    • Secondary Girls football trials
    • The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is the same way you would protect yourself from catching flu or other respiratory illnesses.

      1. Wash your hands
        • Clean your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol.
        • Helpful hygiene heroes Piper and Hunter are here to teach you how to wash your hands
      2. Cough etiquette
        • Cover your sneeze or cough with your elbow or with a tissue (and dispose of it immediately). Avoid close contact with people who are ill. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
      3. Stay home
        • if you are sick If your child is unwell with a respiratory illness they should remain at home until symptoms clear up.
    • Update advice for Parents – 2 February 2020
      Current advice from the Australian Government Department of Health for parents in regards to the Novel Coronavirus is:

      • Any student and staff arriving in Australia from 1 February 2020 who has been in mainland China or transited through mainland China (not just Hubei province) is excluded from school and child care services for a period of 14 days from the date they left mainland China as the Novel Coronavirus’ incubation period can be as long as two weeks.
      • Any confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus will be excluded until they are medically cleared to return
      • Close contact of a confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus will be excluded for 14 days since last contact with the confirmed case.
      • Any student and staff arriving before 1 February our previous advice remains that students and staff who were in Hubei province are excluded from school or child care services for 14 days, and those who were in the rest of China are requested not to not attend school or child care services for a period of 14 days after leaving China.
      • More information can be found at NSW Health.
    • The Department of Education is currently working with the Ministry of Health to monitor and respond to the unfolding international novel coronavirus situation. Advice has been distributed to NSW Public Schools in accordance with advice received from the Ministry of Health.

      There has been a small number of cases of confirmed Novel Coronavirus in New South Wales. In accordance with national public health guidelines, exclusions only apply for those who are a:

      • Confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus – exclude until medically cleared
      • Close contact of a confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus – exclude for 14 days since last contact with the confirmed case 

      Staff or students who have recently returned from overseas and are well, and are not close contacts of a confirmed case, are able attend work or school as normal.