29 January 2020

Late yesterday (28 January 2020), the NSW Department of Education and the NSW Department of Health announced that all students who have returned from China (including Hong Kong) in the past two weeks, are NOT to attend school for a total of 14 days from their departure from China.

Barker College accepts the request of the NSW Authorities and acknowledges the inconvenience that this will present to some of our families.

Further to my previous communications regarding this matter, I now request that the following protocols are to be adhered to in the event that your child/ren has travelled from China (including Hong Kong) after 14 January 2020.

• your child is to refrain from returning to school for a 14 day period from your departure from China (including Hong Kong)

• please contact the School as soon as possible (if you have not already done so) by emailing our Health Centre Clinic at Health_Centre_Clinic@barker.nsw.edu.au

• Once the 14 day quarantine period has lapsed, your child is able to return to school and a medical certificate is no longer required

• If you develop a fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath within 14 days of travel from China (including Hong Kong) or have 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.

A member of the executive teaching staff will be in regular contact with you throughout the period of quarantine to ensure we support your child/ren with regard to any academic work, as well as to provide advice in regard to the co-curricular program and return to school arrangements.

I thank all our families for their continued support of these necessary measures that have been put in place to protect all members of the Barker community. I truly regret the disappointment that there will be to those affected at such a special time of the year, particularly our new students and families. I will provide further updates as necessary and will continue to monitor all advice provided by Government Agencies.

If you do need any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the School’s Health Centre Clinic on 8438 7231.

Parents with concerns can also contact their local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 for advice or visit the dedicated NSW Health information page at: www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx


Phillip Heath 
Head of Barker College

Further Information

Further information and updates are available via NSW Health website:

Coronavirus factsheetExternal link
Coronavirus frequently asked questionsExternal link