Dear Relief Staff Members,
While the situation changes daily, we are using the following as our latest updated guidelines while schools remain open.
Therefore, before any relief staff member accepts a school booking and/or attends a booking, please read the following....
Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) relate to a fever or respiratory symptoms - these can include a cough, shortness of breath, rapid breathing, a sore throat, or a runny nose. If you, or your child, develop these symptoms, the advice is to see a doctor and provide the doctor with details of your travel history. Please note that if you or anyone in your family is unwell with symptoms associated with this virus, we are seeking your co-operation that you please seek medical advice and stay at home. Please ensure that you/they are fully well and cleared by a doctor before returning to work/school.
While media and public commentary in relation to COVID-19 continues to raise concerns for many, public health authorities are advising that the current risk remains low in Western Australia.
We will therefore continue to respond to the formal advice from public health authorities, government agencies and governance authorities.
Updated advice was received in relation to students or staff coming to Australia:
- Any student or staff member who has been in, or transited through, mainland China (not just Hubei province) or has been in Iran, South Korea, Italy, etc is excluded from work, school or childcare services for 14 days from the date they left mainland China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, etc.
- Any confirmed case of COVID-19 will be excluded until they are medically cleared to return.
- Close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be excluded for 14 days since last contact with the confirmed case.
- Students and staff who have returned to Australia from mainland China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, etc, more than 14 days ago and have shown no symptoms are able to return / attend school.
The above advice also applies to all parents/carers, contractors, visitors and volunteers on school sites.
In terms of personal travel, there are certain countries where the risk of contracting COVID19 is greater than others. This information is constantly updated. Please refer to the Smart Traveller website https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ for more information about travel destinations.
Please be aware that any travel to areas cited by the Australian Government as restricted will result in the requirement to observe the 14 days quarantine period upon return to Australia and before return to the College. Contact with an infected person will also require the quarantine period of 14 days to be observed.
With the Easter break (Friday 10 April – Tuesday 28 April) in mind, we need to alert you to the possibility that the government may change their position significantly on overseas travel at any time. This could mean that you or your child may need to be isolated for a period upon return to Australia even if you are not returning from the currently listed countries like mainland China.
The WA Department of Health has updated information including frequently asked questions about the COVID-19. To view this information visit https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/coronavirus
Thank you for your support in this significant public health matter.
Relief Staff Maestro Admin
(Maestro Sports & Education Group)