Emerging outbreak of novel coronavirus
At Silverton Primary School we are following the guidelines provided by the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET).
Update 14th Feb from DET
Update from DET Monday 3rd Feb
LATEST UPDATE FROM DET 30/1/2020 Click here
28/01/2020 - Here is a Fact Sheet for Parents.
Below is an artcile provided to all Victorian State Schools, which Miss Amanda Prosser would like to share with the Silverton PS Community.
Emerging outbreak of novel coronavirus
Information on the emerging outbreak of novel coronavirus
Cases have been reported predominantly in the city of Wuhan, in the Hubei province of China, as well as in other Chinese cities and in other countries, including at least one confirmed case at the time of writing in Victoria, Australia.
The Australian Government has advised that there is no cause for alarm with respect to the coronavirus and that the risk to the Australian public remains relatively low.
The Department has consulted with Victoria’s Chief Health Officer and Department of Health and Human Services to provide the following advice to schools and local communities:
Remind your staff and students that everyone can protect against infections by practising good hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing with a tissue, or cough into your elbow, dispose of the tissue into a bin and then wash your hands afterwards. Wash your hands regularly, after using the toilet, and before eating.
Health promotion materials are available to distribute and promote to your staff, students and families, see:
• Wash your hands regularly
• Cover your cough and sneeze
• Be a Soapy Hero!
If you are an International Student Program school, work closely with your homestay families who are hosting international students from Wuhan City or other areas where the virus has been reported so that they are assured of the relatively low risk and know to seek medical advice where appropriate. For information you may wish to provide to your homestay families, visit Information for the public - Novel Coronavirus
In accordance with national public health guidelines and current information about the coronavirus from the Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer and the World Health Organisation, exclusion of well children or staff from school who have travelled to Wuhan, China, or any other areas where there have been reported cases is NOT required, unless the following applies:
•the person is a confirmed case of novel coronavirus; or
•the person is a close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus in the past 14 days.
If you think a student or staff member may meet one of the above criteria, please contact the Department of Health and Human Services to discuss further actions via phone: 1300 651 160.
Please also inform the Department of Education and Training by making an IRIS incident alert.
For staff and students who experience flu-like symptoms AND have recently travelled to Wuhan City, Hubei province, or had close contact with a confirmed case:
•seek medical advice for any staff or students in your care who experience fever and respiratory symptoms (including but not limited to cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, body aches or fatigue) AND have recently travelled to Wuhan City or had close contact with a confirmed case in the 14 days before of the onset of illness. Call ahead to notify the medical practitioner of recent travel; and
•contact the Department of Health and Human Services on 1300 651 160 and inform the Department of Education and Training by making an IRIS incident alert. The Department of Education and Training will ensure appropriate support is provided.
The Department of Health and Human Services has developed translated factsheets for schools, visit the Information for the education section – novel coronavirus webpage.
The Department of Education and Training will also provide you with further information if the situation changes. If you have any health-related questions, please email: email@example.com
If you have any questions related to the International Student Program, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact your School Support Officer.