Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update

Latest Update posted 7/2/20: 1:15pm 

A number of parents have expressed concern relating to today's media news 
about the quarantining of university students on campus. At present this is 
only happening at the University of Sydney at Chippendale, (not UNSW, 

This link outlines the current response of UNSW 

Please note that there are *no* UNSW swimming classes scheduled for 
Wednesday 12th February, due to our Annual Swimming Carnival which will be 
held at the Des Renford Leisure Centre. 

Please confirm in writing if you do not wish for your child to attend the 
swimming carnival or subsequent swimming lessons at UNSW.

Update posted 3/2/20: 1:30pm

Home Quarantine/exclusion from School

The NSW Health and NSW Department of Education has today revised its advice, to include only students who have travelled to mainland China be excluded from attending school until 14 days after departing mainland China.

UNSW Swimming and Swimming Carnival

The UNSW Swimming Centre remains open, as do all swimming centres across Sydney. Swimming will continue as planned for student sport this week and onwards, until any further updates are provided by the venue. This UNSW link will take you directly to the UNSW announcement.

Our Annual Swimming Carnival will be held at the Des Renford Leisure Centre on Wednesday 12 February as planned, unless we are otherwise advised by the venue operator.

Should you wish for your child to NOT participate in swimming, please write a note requesting non-participation.

Thank you

Thank you to the parents who have contacted us with ongoing questions. We will endeavour to get back to you as quickly as possible should you need to raise any concerns, or seek clarification on any matters regarding coronavirus. The school will provide further updates from authorities as they come our way. 

Update posted 29/1/20: 11:30am

In accordance with NSW Health and NSW Department of Education advice, students who have travelled to mainland China and Hong Kong are to be excluded from attending school until 14 days after departing mainland China or Hong Kong. 

  • Please contact the school immediately if your child has travelled to mainland China or Hong Kong and will not be attending school.
  • A medical clearance certificate will also be required in this instance.

If you have any queries or concerns, or to inform Claremont College of your child’s absence please contact Kathy-Clare Rochester, PA to the Principal, on 92130733 or 9399 3217

Update posted 28/1/20: 1.30pm

Dear Parents

Currently there have been a small number of confirmed Novel Coronavirus cases in New South Wales. In accordance with National Public Health Guidelines, exclusions for students and staff at this point in time, only apply for those who are:

  • A confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus - excluded until medically cleared
  • A close contact of a confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus - excluded for 14 days since last contact with the confirmed case.

Close contact is defined as living in the same household, 15 minutes face-to-face contact with a person with confirmed coronavirus in any setting, or sharing a closed space with a person with confirmed coronavirus for more than 2 hours.

NSW Health has processes in place to identify any close contacts of cases confirmed in New South Wales. Advice about not attending school would be provided to these close contacts.

For our information and to assist the school with future planning should further action be required, parents whose children or others living in the same household who have visited China are requested to contact us immediately. If you have recently visited the Wahun District of China during the holidays, we ask that you refrain from sending your children to school until they have been back in Australia for at least 14 days. A medical clearance certificate will also be required in this instance.

Children and staff who have recently returned from overseas and are well, and who are not close contacts of a confirmed case, are able to attend school as normal, commencing Thursday 30 January. 

As per usual guidance, staff and children who are unwell with a respiratory illness should remain at home until symptoms resolve. 

We are aware that the situation is changing very quickly, and our response may change. Claremont College will therefore continue to be informed by and take the direction of NSW Health and the NSW Association of Independent Schools, to monitor and respond to the unfolding international Novel Coronavirus situation.

Claremont College staff will continue to follow and reinforce correct infection control procedures.

NSW Health has information available on its website:

OR speak to your local GP.

Please be assured that we are monitoring this situation closely. Should the State or Commonwealth governments issue new guidelines for how schools need to respond, we will take action and advise our school community immediately.

Thank you to those who have emailed the school regarding this situation. I trust that this letter will serve as my reply to you. In the meantime, please feel free to email me if you have any specific concerns. Our priority is for the safety and wellbeing of all our students, staff and school community.

Yours sincerely
Doug Thomas