the Victorian Health Department have upgraded their advice as of 11pm  29/01/2020

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UPDATED (01/02/2020) Advice upgrade on the Coronavirus 11.00 pm

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The Commonwealth’s Chief Medical Officer and Victoria’s Chief Health Officer have this afternoon recommended a stronger precautionary approach to managing coronavirus for travellers returned from mainland China (not including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) from today (1 February 2020).

This recommendation is that parents/guardians/carers should ensure that any child returning from mainland China (not including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) who was in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 is isolated at home and should not attend an early childhood education service until 14 days after they were last in mainland China.
 
This recommendation does not apply retrospectively. It applies only to children or staff members who were in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020.
 
The existing advice remains that parents/guardians/carers of children should ensure that any child is isolated at home and should not attend an early childhood education service for 14 days:

  • following exposure to any confirmed novel coronavirus case; or
  • after leaving Hubei Province.

This same advice applies to any impacted staff.
 
The Commonwealth has also advised that: “additional border measures will be implemented to deny entry to Australia to people who have left or transited through mainland China from 1 February 2020, with the exception of Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family and air crews who have been using appropriate personal protective equipment”.
 
 Additional advice and information on steps to take can be found on the coronavirus web page which also includes advice on:

  • maintaining good health hygiene at the early childhood education service
  • health promotion posters and materials
  • information, resources and contacts related to coronavirus.

This new advice is based on the latest expert recommendations of the Commonwealth’s Chief Medical Officer and Victoria’s Chief Health Officer.
 
Thank you for your continued support to ensure the health and wellbeing of our school and wider community. 

Additional Information for parents can be found at this link
https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/information-public-novel-coronavirus
 

Should there be any confusion or concerns regarding the update please phone me at school on Monday on 9499 1880.

Mark Kent
Principal

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