Coronavirus - How To Stay Safe

UPDATE (28 January 2020 7:00PM): NSW health officials have revised their advice on the students' return to school.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard advised:
“We will be asking parents who may have holidayed with their children and not yet been out of China for 14 days, then we’re going to ask those parents, I stress ‘ask those parents’, to do what everybody else has been doing so well in this difficult time, and that is to support the community by holding back your children from going to each one of those facilities."

In this light, we are actively monitoring all currently available information and will continue to review and assess as further advice and guidance from NSW Health and other relevant education bodies become available.

In managing any potential health risk to the community, North Shore Coaching Bella Vista standards are as follows:

1. Based on the NSW Health guidelines, if your family has visited any region in China or any other affected region, please ensure your child does not attend our classes until he/she has received a medical clearance from a doctor and advised us accordingly. The medical clearance should note that the examination has cleared your child in respect of the coronavirus. If you are not sure if this applies to you, please feel free to contact us to discuss.

2. If your family has not visited any affected region and your child has flu-like symptoms, as with any other virus/illness, please seek appropriate medical care and keep your child at home until she has recovered. Should a student become unwell whilst attending a class, we will promptly contact parents to pick up their child and seek medical attention.

3. We must be immediately advised if you become aware that your child has been in contact with a person diagnosed with the coronavirus.

4. In accordance with our standard normal hygiene practices, we will remind the parents, teachers, students and staff of the following (and we also encourage parents to remind their child of these prior to the return to our classes):
  • wash hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub (available in Reception);
  • cover nose and mouth with tissues or inside of elbow when coughing or sneezing; and
  • avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
As an extra additional safety precaution, we will be providing additional alcohol-based hand sanitisers at the North Shore Bella Vista centre and have also trained our teachers and staff on what to do. 
Thank you for your cooperation. In the meantime, if you have any questions please contact us via email on bellavista@northshorecoaching.net
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Message from the NSW Health Department

27 January 2020

Advice for parents ahead of school returning

With students returning to school, parents of children who have had contact with a confirmed case of novel Coronavirus are being urged to keep their children at home and monitor for symptoms.

NSW Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant explained that any child who has been in contact with a person confirmed as having novel coronavirus must not attend school or childcare for 14 days after the last contact with the infected person.

“14 days represents the internationally recognised incubation period for the disease,” Dr Chant said.

“After this time the child is considered not to be at risk of infection.”

Students who have travelled to Wuhan and Hubei during the school holidays can return to school but should be carefully monitored for symptoms of coronavirus infection.

“The most common symptom is a fever,” Dr Chant said.

“Other symptoms include, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath.”

Anyone who exhibits these symptoms should be isolated immediately from other people and seek medical attention as soon as possible.

If you develop a fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath within 14 days of travel to Hubei or contact with a person with confirmed coronavirus, you should immediately isolate yourself from other people. Contact your GP or your emergency department or call the healthdirect helpline 1800 022 222 and seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard explained that NSW Health has processes in place to identify any close contacts of cases confirmed in Australia.

“Advice about not attending school would be provided to these close contacts,” he said.

There are currently four confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in NSW. All cases had travelled to Wuhan, China or had contact with a confirmed case in China.

Parents with concerns can contact their local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 for advice or visit the dedicated NSW Health information page at https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

NSW Department of Education has issued guidance to all NSW Schools, which included information to guide school staff in the event of a child becoming sic

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North Shore Coaching Bella Vista

Note to Parents, Carers & Students: 28 January 2020, 6:30AM

Dear Parents, Carers and Students,

There has been extensive coverage of the coronavirus, its effects in China and possible effects in Australia. We are closely monitoring national and state department health alerts, as well as Department of Education advisories.

Any parent, teacher or student who is unwell should not attend class and should seek medical attention as soon as possible. We also recommend that you follow the national and state department health alerts, as well as Department of Education advisories, and in particular to:

  • wash hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub,
  • cover nose and mouth with tissues or inside of elbow when coughing or sneezing, and
  • avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.

As an additional safety precaution, we will be providing additional alcohol-based hand rubs at the North Shore Bella Vista centre and have also trained our teachers and staff on what to do. 

Should a student becomes unwell at North Shore, we will promptly contact parents to pick up their child and seek medical attention.

Thank you for your cooperation.