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Novel Coronavirus – Revised Information For Parents

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Attention all parents and Employees – Urgent Update

NSW Health and NSW Department of Education has advised through the Association of Independent Schools of NSW (AIS NSW), that students, teachers and support staff who have travelled to mainland China and Hong Kong may be excluded from school until 14 days after departing mainland China or Hong Kong. 

In accordance with this advice, we urge all parents and employees who have returned from mainland China or Hong Kong less than 14 days ago (on or after the 16th January 2020) not to attend school and to contact the Principal as soon as possible. 

National public health guidelines, for mandatory exclusions apply for those who are: 

• 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. 

‘Close contact’ is defined as living in the same household; 15 minutes face-to-face contact with a person with confirmed coronavirus in any setting; or sharing a closed space with a person with confirmed coronavirus for more than two hours. NSW Health has processes in place to identify any close contacts of cases confirmed in New South Wales. Advice about not attending school will be provided to these close contacts. 

St Spyridon College will continue to keep parents and employees informed as advice on this matter is received from the appropriate authorities. 

Mrs E. Stefanou Haag 
Head of College

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