Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you are aware, health authorities across the nation are continuing to respond to the emergence of the Coronavirus that has emanated from China.

Late yesterday, Queensland Health updated advice regarding the novel Coronavirus to include the direction that any student or staff member who has recently travelled to China or Hong Kong should not attend school for 14 days after leaving China or Hong Kong.

The following advice is now in place:

  • Anyone who has been in contact with any confirmed novel Coronavirus cases must self-isolate (self-isolation means staying at home and not accepting visitors) for 14 days following exposure;
  • Travellers who have visited Hubei Province of China need to self-isolate for 14 days after leaving Hubei Province;
  • Returned travellers who have visited China cannot attend school, childcare or TAFE for 14 days after leaving China including Hong Kong. This includes students, teachers and anyone who works or attends these facilities.

The responsibility to care for those boys away from home in our Boarding House is one we take very seriously and our Boarding and Health Centre staff will continue to offer those boys their full support. Every boarder who has recently returned from Hong Kong or China has been assessed by qualified nurses from our Health Centre for any signs of illness and were not exhibiting any symptoms.

Those boys who have relatives in Brisbane or surrounds will stay with them until the mandated exclusion period has passed. Boarders who cannot return home will be isolated on site and not attend regular classes or mealtimes with other boarders but will remain under the care of our Boarding and Health Centre staff to ensure their wellbeing.

It is important to note that some of our international students have been back in Australia for more than 14 days or indeed did not leave the country over the holiday period. These boys will remain in classes.

The advice from Department of Health also pertains to day boys and staff who may have holidayed in China or Hong Kong over the break (including stopovers). If this applies to your family and you have been back in the country for less than 14 days, please follow the instructions set out by Queensland Health to self-isolate and contact the College to register your absence.

The risk to the Australian public is still considered low. The Department of Health advises that like most viruses, the best protection is to maintain good hand hygiene and safe food practices. Avoid touching your face and mouth until you have washed your hands. Also, avoid contact with someone who is showing signs of a respiratory illness like coughing and sneezing.

We will remain in regular contact with Queensland Health and the Public Health Unit – Metro North and provide any further updates as they come to hand. As always, the safety and wellbeing of our community remains our highest priority and we thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we navigate this situation.

Further information on these precautions for education services can be found here:
https://www.health.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0031/935365/2019-nCoV-information-education-services-V1.pdf

For further information about Novel coronavirus visit:

Queensland Health website https://www.health.qld.gov.au/

Australian Government Department of Health website https://www.health.gov.au/

 

亲爱的家长和监护人,

因近期新型冠状病毒的出现,目前全国各地的卫生部门正严拟适切的应对措施。
昨天晚些时候,昆士兰州卫生局更新了有关新型冠状病毒的建议,其中包括以下指示:最近
来自中国或香港的任何学生或工作人员,必须在家隔离 14 天后,才可返回学校。
现有以下建议:

• 与任何被证实的新型冠状病毒病例有过接触的人必须自我隔离(足不出户,并不与他
人接触)14 天
• 曾到过中国湖北旅游,离开湖北后须自我隔离 14 天
• 近期曾到过中国和香港的任何人员,包括学生,老师及工作人员回到澳大利亚后,14
天内不可以到学校,幼儿园以及大专院校。

我们非常重视寄宿学生的健康和安全,所以我们的宿舍和健康中心工作人员将继续为寄宿学
生提供全力的帮助。我们健康中心的合格护士对近期从香港或中国回来的每位寄宿生均进行
了健康评估后,并没有发现任何症状。

那些有亲属在布里斯班或周边地区的学生,将会留在其亲属家中,直到规定的隔离期限结
束。无法返回家中的寄宿生将在宿舍里隔离,不会与其他寄宿生一起上课和用餐,他们将由
我们的宿舍和健康中心工作人员负责照管,以确保他们的健康。
值得注意的是,我们有一些国际学生已经返回并在澳大利亚停留了 14 天以上,或者在假期
期间确实没有离开澳大利亚,而这些学生将继续正常上课。

卫生署也建议在假期中到过中国或香港度假,或至香港转机的走读生,老师和工作人员,如
果回到澳大利亚的时间少于 14 天,那么您和您的家人,请按照昆士兰卫生局的指示进行自
我隔离,并与学校联络。
目前新型冠状病毒对澳大利亚公众的风险被认为是低的,但是当局还是建议保持良好卫生习
惯,这是我们所有人都应采取的预防措施。

卫生部建议,与大多数病毒一样,最好的保护是常洗手和保持良好安全的饮食习惯。在洗手
之前,请避免触摸脸部和嘴巴。另外,避免与有呼吸系统疾病迹象的人接触,例如咳嗽和打
喷嚏。

我们将继续定期地联络昆士兰州卫生局和公共卫生部门,并提供任何进一步的更新。与往常
一样,确保学生的安全和健康仍然是我们最优先的考量,我们感谢您的理解与合作。
有关教育单位预防措施的更多信息,请参见:https:
//www.health.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0031/935365/2019-nCoV-informationeducation-services-V1.pdf
有关新型冠状病毒的更多信息,请参见:
昆士兰卫生局网站 https://www.health.qld.gov.au/
澳大利亚政府卫生部网站 https://www.health.gov.au/