Back to school update on the Coronavirus

As coronavirus prevention hits the ground running, it’s a good time to share the latest advice from health authorities for school goers and consider if the advice could also apply to your community.

The latest notice from the NSW Departments of Health and Education recommends, “Any student who was in China over the past 14 days should not return to school or child care services this week, as the coronavirus' incubation period can be as long as two weeks.”

Students who returned to Australia more than 14 days ago and have shown no symptoms should be able to return to school this week.

The same advice applies to staff in schools.

The NSW Government indicates, whilst not medically necessary, it is a precautionary measure in line with community expectations.

There is a small number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases in NSW.

In addition, staff and students should be excluded from work and school if they are:

  • a confirmed case of novel coronavirus - exclusion will remain in place until they are medically cleared to return
  • a close contact of a confirmed case of novel coronavirus - exclusion for 14 days since last contact with the confirmed case.” 

In a statement from the Department, Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said although the risk to children is very low, the NSW Government has taken this step as a precautionary measure.

"I've been advised that it's not medically necessary, but the NSW Government has acted in line with community expectations to ensure the safest possible environment for our students," Mr Hazzard said.

As the coronavirus impact in NSW changes, here are some links to help stay up to date with the latest from the NSW government *

*includes Simplified Chinese language resources