Novel Coronavirus—Information for BGGS Families and Staff

This page contains information from BGGS to all families about novel coronavirus. On this page, you can find the latest advice issued by the School, and frequently asked questions about the virus.

LATEST UPDATE: 9 am, Wednesday 19 February 2020

We are continuing to monitor and comply with the advice of health authorities nationally and within Queensland with regards to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

All BGGS students have now returned to School, and we have appreciated Girls Grammar families’ cooperation with health authority advice relating to novel coronavirus.

The Australian Government advice remains that anyone who has visited or transited through China, or has been in contact with someone who has novel coronavirus, is required to self-quarantine. Further information about the self-quarantine guidelines are listed on the Queensland Health website.

For further information please refer to the Queensland Health Coronavirus webpage.

 

LATEST UPDATE: 7.30 pm, Wednesday 29 January 2020

The School advises that given continuing uncertainty about this new and serious virus, students who have visited China, including Hong Kong, are to remain at home for 14 days from the date of their arrival back in to Australia unless otherwise advised by the School.

Similarly, any student who has had contact with a family member/friend who has returned from China, including Hong Kong, should remain at home for 14 days from the date of contact with this person. 

Heads of House will make contact with families directly concerned to support those girls who will absent.

The School has been monitoring the advice of public health authorities and will provide updates as required on this page. Parents will be notified via email if an update is issued.

 

LATEST UPDATE: 3 pm, Tuesday 28 January 2020

The School advises that given continuing uncertainty about this new and serious virus, students who have visited Wuhan, or the Province of Hubei, or had contact with any affected areas in China are to remain at home for 14 days from the date of their arrival back in to Australia unless otherwise advised by the School.

Similarly, any student who has had contact with a family member/friend who has returned from these areas should remain at home for 14 days from the date of contact with this person. 

Heads of House will make contact with families directly concerned to support those girls who will absent.

The School has been monitoring the advice of public health authorities and will provide updates as required on this page. Parents will be notified via email if an update is issued.

 

LATEST UPDATE: 10 pm, Monday 27 January 2020

The School advises that given continuing uncertainty about this new and serious virus, students who have visited Wuhan, or the Province of Hubei, or had contact with any affected areas in China are to remain at home until Monday 10 February (unless otherwise advised by the School).

Heads of House will make contact with families directly concerned to support those girls who will absent for the first two weeks of the academic year.

The School has been monitoring the advice of public health authorities and will provide updates as required on this page. Parents will be notified via email if an update is issued.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses causing illnesses that range from the common cold to more severe diseases, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new strain of coronavirus that affects humans.

This is yet to be absolutely determined, but human-to-human transmission is most likely to be through direct contact with infectious patients via respiratory droplets, and contaminated objects and surfaces.

This is how other coronavirus infections, including the common cold, SARS and MERS, are transmitted between humans.

Symptoms can can include fever, flu-like symptoms (such as coughing, sore throat and headache) or difficulty breathing.

These symptoms may range from mild illness to pneumonia.

Currently, there is no specific treatment for people diagnosed with novel coronavirus, other than general supportive medical care in hospital.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends measures to reduce the general risk of acute respiratory infections by:

  • avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections
  • employing frequent hand-washing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment

People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should always practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash their hands).

As a precautionary measure, any student who has visited China, including Hong Kong, (or had contact with family members or friends returning from these areas) is to remain at home for 14 days from the date of their (or their friend/family member’s) arrival back in to Australia unless otherwise advised by the School. 

All students have been reminded to observe healthy hygiene practices, including hand washing or use of hand sanitiser (provided around the School), and not to share drink bottles or lip balm.

If your daughter has visited China, including Hong Kong, (or had contact with family members or friends returning from these areas) she is to remain at home for 14 days from the date of her (or their friend/family member’s) arrival back in to Australia unless otherwise advised by the School. 

Regardless of whether your daughter is symptomatic or feels fine—if she has visited China, including Hong Kong, (or had contact with family members or friends returning from these areas) she is to remain at home for 14 days from the date of her (or their friend/family member’s) arrival back in to Australia unless otherwise advised by the School. 

The School will update this page with information. Parents will receive a regular update via email as required. The School may also send notices to families via the School App, directing them to this page.

Please contact Main Reception on 07 3332 1300 to allow your query to be directed to the most appropriate staff member.