Novel Coronavirus Information for Parents

An outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in late December 2019.

Advice on Returning to Schools and Early Childhood Centres

Parents of children are asked NOT to send their children to school if the child has returned from mainland China or Hong Kong within 14 days. Even if they don’t have symptoms, it is advised that they do not attend school or childcare. Although the risk to children is very low, this is a precautionary approach to ensure the safest possible environment for children. Children do not require a medical certificate or clearance, but are asked to remain at home until 14 days after leaving mainland China or Hong Kong. If you or your child has been informed by Public Health authorities that you/they are a close contact of a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), you should contact your local public health unit to get information. If your child has a recent travel history to mainland China and develops symptoms (listed below), you should contact their primary care provider. Their primary care provider will liaise with Public Health Units and determine whether or not your child needs a medical assessment.

Coronavirus fact sheet for parents

Novel Coronavirus latest update 31 Jan 2020