Updated Advice on Coronavirus

Dear community members,
The Commonwealth’s Chief Medical Officer and Victoria’s Chief Health Officer have recommended a stronger precautionary approach to managing coronavirus for travellers returned from mainland China (not including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) from 1 February 2020.

DET has provided the  update below to all schools:

  • Parents/guardians/carers should ensure that any student returning from mainland China (not including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) who was in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 is isolated at home and should not attend school until 14 days after they were last in mainland China.

This recommendation does not apply retrospectively. It applies only to students who were in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020.
The existing advice remains that parents/guardians/carers of students should ensure that any student is isolated at home and should not attend school for 14 days:

  • following exposure to any confirmed novel coronavirus case; or
  • after leaving Hubei Province.

This same advice applies to any impacted staff and any visitors to our school.

The situation at Box Hill HS to date:
1. We have 2 students from Hubei province who have NOT attended school since the start of this year and will self-isolate for 2 weeks. These students are not ill, have not been exposed to a confirmed case of coronavirus  and have to date not exhibited any of the symptoms.
2. We have a small number of families (local and international) who have chosen to keep their child at home as a precautionary measure. Some  families did travel to China during the holidays and others did not travel to China.
3. We have no students who have returned to Melbourne who have been in mainland China on or after 1st February.
4. No staff are impacted by this.

The vast majority (99%) of our students are attending school and classes are continuing as normal. Please see the DET link below should you require any further information. Thank you for your continued support as we work to ensure the health and wellbeing of our school community. 

DET Vic - Coronavirus Advice 

Kind Regards
Losh Pillay

Principal - Box Hill High School

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