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:
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/
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。
• 曾到过中国湖北旅游，离开湖北后须自我隔离 14 天
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
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