Update 1:30pm Monday 03/02/2020

Please find attached updated fact sheet (Version 4) for families.

The main difference in the fact sheet is that further clarity has been provided around who can and who can not attend schools and early childhood centres has been provided – see excerpt from attached fact sheets below.

Can my child attend School or Early Childhood Centres?

In the following scenarios your child can not attend school or early childhood centres:

  • If your child has travelled from Hubei Province within the past 14 days, you must isolate yourself and child until 14 days have elapsed after leaving Hubei Province.
  • If your child has left, or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 you must isolate yourself and child until 14 days after leaving China.
  • If your child has been in close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, you and your child must isolate yourself for 14 days after last contact with the confirmed case.

In the following scenarios your child can attend your school or early childhood centres:

  • Students who have travelled from other provinces of mainland China (and have not been in Hubei province) who arrived prior to 1 February 2020.
  • Students who have only been to Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

By way of example,

  • if someone left the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province on 22 January 2020 he/she is required to isolate until 6 February 2020.
  • if someone left Shanghai on 28 January 2020 and comes to Australia via another country on 3 February 2020, he/she would not be required to isolate (as he/she left China before 1 February 2020).
  • If someone left Beijing on 3 February 2020 and arrived in Australia the same day, he/she would be required to isolate for 14 days, until 17 February 2020.

If you or your child develop symptoms (listed below) within 14 days of leaving anywhere in mainland China or within 14 days of last contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, you should arrange to see your usual doctor for urgent assessment. You should telephone the health clinic or hospital before you arrive and tell them of your travel history or that you have been in contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus. Your doctor will liaise with Public Health authorities to manage your care. You must then remain isolated either in your home or a healthcare setting until Public Health authorities inform you that it is safe for you to return to your usual activities.

Further advice

Further information is available at https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources or Australian Coronavirus Information Line 1800 020 080.

You can also download a general information fact sheet which is in simplified Chinese to further support students and families. Coronavirus Information Sheet for Parents v4