Protect our children from the Coronavirus

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Many students have returned to China this school holiday to visit family and friends as January 25 is the Chinese New Year. They have been or will be returning to Sydney soon before school starts on January 29. There is currently an outbreak of the very contagious coronavirus in China and it has spread to Australia - 4 cases confirmed in NSW and 1 case confirmed in Victoria as of 26th January. This is a deadly virus and there is no cure for it. The symptoms vary and not all patients develop a fever. Some coronavirus carriers show no signs of illness. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3047636/doctors-warn-china-coronavirus-carriers-may-show-no-symptoms

For the safety of the wider school community, I would like to ask Baulkham Hills North Public school management, working together with NSW Health and NSW Education Department to:

- consider requesting school children to show their passport on arrival on the first day of school

- enforce the policy of requesting families recently returned from China to keep their families at home isolated for 2 weeks before attending school

- provide masks, hand sanitizers and soaps to teachers and students

- increase hygiene awareness within school 
actively communicate with parents to ensure if students or family members of students have caught the virus, the school knows about it.

We need to protect our children together as a community! I am confident that if we work together, we can win this battle. 

Regards,

Parent of BHNP