Coronavirus Information From CEO/Principal

To All Mater Dei Parents

UPDATE ADVICE - as of 29 January 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

The NSW Government has now requested that children who have visited China in the past two weeks not attend school or childcare services until 14 days have lapsed from their date of departure from China.

Anyone who develops a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath within 14 days of travel to Hubei Province or contact with a person with confirmed coronavirus, should immediately isolate themselves from other people, contact their GP or local emergency department or call the healthdirect helpline 1800 022 222. 

All other advice as previously communicated should still be followed. At all times, all students/staff who have flu-like symptoms, should be encouraged to remain at home to reduce the risk of infection being spread.

Thank you for your attention to this important advice.

Yours sincerely
Mark Raue
CEO/Principal

Dear Parents and Carers,

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

NSW Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant explained that any person 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 to be not be at risk of infection.”

Children and young adults 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 Wuhan or 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. 
As at the time of writing, 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 

Please contact the school on 4655 7481 if you have any questions or concerns regarding this information.

Yours sincerely
Mark Raue
CEO/Principal

To download a copy of the above letter from our CEO/Principal to our parents, please click here 

Click on the links below to download the relevant information flyer from the Australian Government Dept of Health:
Information for Parents
Information for Schools and Early Childhood Centres

 

 

About Mater Dei

Based in the Macarthur and established as a special school in 1957, Mater Dei is an organization that provides therapy services and education for babies, children and adults with an intellectual disability or developmental delay.

The underpinning philosophy for all that we do at Mater Dei is inclusion into the wider community.  Inclusion is based on the dignity and uniqueness of each person, self-esteem, respect, equity, independence, interdependence and responsibility.

Mater Dei School is a Catholic, Congregational school located in the Wollongong Diocese and is a proud member of the ten Colleges who together comprise Good Samaritan Education (GSE).  Established in 2011 by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, the mission of Good Samaritan Education is to sustain and nurture our Catholic schools as Good Samaritan Benedictine communities of learning.

As a school and ministry of Good Samaritan Education, Mater Dei continues to be guided by the Good Samaritan Philosophy of Education and shaped by its commitment to the values of our spiritual tradition, including stewardship, mutuality, prayer, hospitality, humility, discernment, justice and peace.

 

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