While most Novel Coronavirus infections are spread by those showing signs of the disease there is now some evidence that a very small number of patients yet to show signs of the disease may also be infectious (see attached media release). 

Advice is to take a highly precautious approach to prevent the spread of the disease and adhere to the following;

* People who have been in contact with any confirmed Novel Coronavirus cases must be isolated in their home for 14 days following exposure;

* 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.

In order to maintain the safety of our students and staff, we advise:

Any student or staff member who over the last 14 days has 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 Hubei Province, as the Novel Coronavirus’ incubation period can be as long as two weeks.

As per previous advice students and staff who returned to Australia more than 14 days ago and have shown no symptoms are able to return to school.

In accordance with normal protocols staff and children who are unwell with respiratory illness should remain at home until symptoms resolve. 

For further information please contact your local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 or visit the dedicated NSW Health information page