Get up-to-date information about the department's response to novel coronavirus.
This page was updated at 3:15pm 7 February 2020.
Current advice from the NSW Government for parents and affected staff is:
- Any student or staff member who has been in, or transited through, mainland China (not just Hubei province) on or after 1 February is excluded from school or child care services for 14 days from the date they left mainland China (as the novel coronavirus' incubation period can be as long as two weeks).
- Any confirmed case of novel coronavirus will be excluded until they are medically cleared to return.
- Close contact of a confirmed case of novel coronavirus will be excluded for 14 days since last contact with the confirmed case.
- For visitors to China prior to 1 February, the previous advice remains that any student or staff member who has visited Hubei province is excluded from school or child care services for 14 days from the date of their departure, and anyone who was in the rest of China is requested not to attend school or child care services for a period of 14 days after the date of their departure.
- More information can be found at NSW Health.
Students who returned to Australia from mainland China more than 14 days ago and have shown no symptoms are able to return to school.
The NSW Ministry of 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 by the NSW Ministry of Health.
There has been a small number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in NSW.
Consistent with current guidelines, staff and students who are unwell with respiratory illness should remain at home until symptoms resolve. In accordance with our current practice if any child becomes unwell we will implement our infection control guidelines and follow the advice provided by the NSW Ministry of Health as appropriate.
The NSW Department of Education will continue to work with the NSW Ministry of Health to monitor and respond to the unfolding international novel coronavirus situation.
The NSW Ministry of Health has advice and resources about novel coronavirus in English and Mandarin.
The Australian Government Chief Medical Officer has published:
- an update on novel coronavirus from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (Saturday 1 February)
- a statement on novel coronavirus on behalf of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (Wednesday 29 January).
Read the NSW Minister for Education and the NSW Minister for Health's advice ahead of school returning.