Based on the new federal government advice today, 3 February 2020, the following applies to travellers from China:
Travellers who arrive after 1st February 2020
Any student or staff member who has returned to Australia after 1 February 2020, and has over the last 14 days visited or transited through mainland China, is excluded from school and should not return to school or child care services for a period of 14 days after leaving China. These students or staff members are also required to self-isolate from the community, as the coronavirus’ incubation period can be as long as two weeks.
Travellers who arrived before the 1st February 2020
Any student or staff member who arrived in Australia before 1 February 2020 and in the previous 14 days had visited the province of Hubei in central China is excluded from school and should not return to school or child care services for a period of 14 days after leaving China, as the coronavirus’ incubation period can be as long as two weeks. 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.
Travellers from Hong Kong
Any staff member or student who is currently not attending school as a result of being excluded due to travelling in Hong Kong should not return to school until the 14 day period has expired.
As of yesterday (2 February), Catholic Schools NSW (CSNSW) working with NSW Health is recommending that people who have travelled in Hong Kong, and not mainland China, and have returned to Australia since yesterday (2 February) are able to attend school.
The current advice does include those who only passed through airports in mainland China. Any student or staff member who has returned to Australia after 1 February 2020 and has transited through mainland China is excluded from school and required to self-isolate from the community.
Should you have any questions in the meantime, please contact your school office.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and keep you up to date on this matter.
— Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong
If you develop a fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath within 14 days of travel to Wuhan or Hubei or contact with a person with confirmed coronavirus, you should immediately isolate yourself from other people. Contact your GP or your local emergency department or call the healthdirect helpline 1800 022 222 and seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Parents with concerns can contact their local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 for advice or visit the dedicated NSW Health information page on novel coronavirus here.