The NSW Department of Education issued advice that students who have visited China in the last two weeks, do not attend school for 14 days from their date of return to Australia.
DE International has worked closely with schools, agents and homestay providers to resolve any issues, provide updated information and to ensure our international students are supported.
There has been a small number of cases of confirmed Novel Coronavirus in New South Wales.
Current advice from the Australian Government Department of Health for parents and carers is:
- People who have been in contact with any confirmed Novel Coronavirus cases must be isolated in their home for 14 days following exposure. The Ministry of Health has processes in place to identify any close contacts of cases confirmed in Australia.
- Returned travellers who have been in Hubei Province of China must be isolated in their home for 14 days after leaving Hubei Province, other than for seeking individual medical care.
Students currently excluded from school are those who:
- over the last 14 days has visited the province of Hubei in central China. They should not return to school for a period of 14 days after leaving China, as the coronavirus’ incubation period can be as long as two weeks or
- are under medical assessment or
- have had close contact with a confirmed case of the Novel Coronavirus. The Ministry of Health has processes in place to identify any close contacts of cases confirmed in Australia.
In addition The NSW Ministry of Health and NSW Department of Education have recommended that:
- Any student or staff member who was in China, including Hong Kong but excluding the province of Hubei over the past 14 days is recommended not attend school for a period of 14 days, as the Novel Coronavirus’ incubation period can be as long as two weeks.
This is a precautionary measure to help reduce the possible risk of spreading the novel coronavirus in NSW schools.
Where students remain without symptoms 14 days after returning from China, they do not require a medical certificate to return to school after the 14 days. Schools will request a short note from carers to explain the absence from school in the usual way.
Students who returned to Australia more than 14 days ago and have shown no symptoms are able to return to school this week.
Consistent with current guidelines, students who are unwell with respiratory illness should remain at home until symptoms resolve.
Support for students who are at home for the 14 day period:
- Schools should provide learning materials to students who unable to attend school. Students should contact their school by phone or email and advise they have returned and are staying at home for the 14 days and give the date that they will be able to return to school. They should also ask for any learning materials or work they can do during this time. However students who are commencing their school enrolment this term may not be able to obtain learning materials. If students are unwell, there is no expectation that they should complete school work.
- Schools should make contact with students during the 14 day period to check on their welfare while they are unable to attend school. If a student is distressed the issue should be referred to the School’s Wellbeing team who can arrange for appropriate support to be provided.
- Schools will record the student’s absence as special leave and it will not affect their attendance record or their visas.
DE International will continue to monitor the situation closely and take advice received from NSW Ministry of Health and NSW Department of Education to ensure we are responding to the situation appropriately.
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If you have any further questions or concerns please contact DE International.