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Posted by Tony Farley on 31 January 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

Over the last few weeks, you would have heard about the outbreak of the Coronavirus in China including the reports over the weekend of five confirmed cases in Sydney.

A small number of school principals have notified the Sydney Catholic Schools' office indicating that some students in their school have indeed visited China over the holiday period. I encourage parents/carers to read the advice from the Commonwealth Department of Health regarding the Coronavirus. NSW Health has comprehensive information available on its website here.

In the interest of prioritising the health and welfare of our students and our community, the following protocols will be in place to start the new year:

  • if you have visited China anytime in December to now, please refrain from sending your child/ren to school until they have been checked and cleared by a doctor. During this time, you should be alert for symptoms related to a fever or other respiratory symptoms. A doctorâs certificate will be required prior to your child/ren returning to school. Please contact the principal directly if this is the case.
  • If you have not visited China, but your children are exhibiting any flu-like symptoms, please refrain from sending them to school until they have recovered.
  • Please advise the school principal immediately if you become aware of your child/ren having been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with Coronavirus.

Thank you for your support with this matter. If you have any queries, please contact the school principal. We look forward to welcoming all students back to school in the coming days.

Yours sincerely,

Tony Farley
Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools

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