Information about the Novel coronavirus

Dear Beaconsfield Primary School Community

Welcome back to the 2020 school year.

You would have seen in the media a continuing concern regarding the Novel Coronavirus. The Department of Health advises that the risk of transmission remains low; they are monitoring the situation. The Department of Education is acting upon their advice in implementing necessary precautions for all public and non-government schools across Western Australia.

The Department of Health has issued a direction that:

  1. People who have been in contact with any confirmed novel coronavirus cases must be isolated in their home for 14 days following exposure;
  2. 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.

As an extra precaution, if a student has travelled to or through China or Hong Kong in the past two weeks, parents are asked to keep them away from school for a period of 14 days from the date they returned to Perth.

This is a precaution as the incubation period for this virus can be up to 14 days. After that time, and no symptoms, the student may attend school.

I understand some of you will have concerns about the risks to your children. Please see the Department of Health website (ww2.health.wa.gov.au/coronavirus) where there is a factsheet for parents and access to a helpline 1800 300 243.

Please contact the school on 9432 1000 if you have any further questions.

Kind regards

Kirsten

Kirsten Dicker

Principal

30 January 2020