For parents seeking advice see Coronavirus information for parents.
An outbreak of respiratory illness has been caused by a new coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. To date, most people infected are residents of China or people who have recently travelled to China. However new cases, including deaths, are increasingly being reported outside of mainland China.
There have been a limited number of confirmed cases of this strain of coronavirus in Australia to date, including in Victoria.
A coronavirus infection can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Affected people may experience:
- Acute respiratory infection (shortness of breath or cough)
The World Health Organization has confirmed that the main driver of transmission is from symptomatic patients, through coughing or sneezing. Transmission by people without symptoms is possible, but rare.
Employers have a duty to provide and maintain, so far as is reasonably practicable, a working environment that is safe and without risks to the health of employees. This includes identifying risks to health or safety associated with potential exposure to the coronavirus.
CECV recommends obtaining information relating to Coronavirus from the following reputable sources:
Department of Education and Training (DET)
The Department of Education has created a Coronavirus advice page with up-to-date information for schools, principals and teachers: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/coronavirus.aspx#link2.
Department of Health and Human Services
For general Coronavirus disease information including travel advice: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
Information for the public about novel coronavirus: Information for the public - novel coronavirus
Factsheets and posters in English, Simplified Chinese and Vietnamese to support schools and their communities: Information for the education sector - novel coronavirus
Exposure to coronavirus in workplaces – Safety Alert
Department of Health – Australian Government
Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert - Australian Government
Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice
World Health Organisation
Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) video
How to protect yourself against Coronavirus video
Coronavirus Myth busters page
Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak poster
Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19
Employee Assistance Program
If staff or family members need support or need professional assistance, the Employee Assistance Program through AccessEAP is available on 1800 81 87 28 or (02) 8247 9191. There is also the Principal EAP through Converge International available on 1300 687 327.