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COVID-19 update The Junction Public School

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Dear members of The Junction School Community,

I have been notified by the Department of Health that a member of our school community has tested positive to COVID-19. If you or your child were at school on either the 15th or 16th of December, 2021, you may have been impacted on these exposure dates.

NSW Education has advised that students in 5ST (15th December, 2021) and in 4/5S (16th December, 2021), and staff who worked with these two groups of students on these dates have been identified as a casual contact of the confirmed case. Casual contacts are required to immediately get a nose and throat (PCR) test and to self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

COVID-19 transmission in school communities has been high due to the close interactions that

children and young people have with each other. This is particularly so with the new Omicron variant

of concern, which on early information is demonstrating a 10-fold increase in transmission. Most

people who have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 will test positive within the first 7 days of

exposure, with some still likely to transmit for up to 14 days. There are around 9% of children who will transmit to other children, with about a third of these during the second week following exposure.

It is therefore recommended that, as a contact of a person with COVID-19 you should consider your

personal and family circumstances and those you may come into contact with in managing the risks

associated with potential transmission. You should avoid high risk settings (health care, aged care,

correctional facilities) where possible, and take extra precautions around vulnerable people including family members, for 14 days after your last exposure. You should also have another nose and throat (PCR) test six days after exposure.

You should also consider undertaking a rapid antigen test before family functions or visiting

vulnerable family or friends to minimise the risk of transmission. Rapid antigen test kits are now widely available in chemists, supermarkets and other retailers / online.

NSW Health would like to remind you that anyone who has been unwell or if you develop any

symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell/taste,

muscle/joint pains, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting or extreme tiredness is to be tested at one of

the COVID-19 testing clinics. Do not visit family, friends or attend events or gatherings if you have any symptoms.

The Department of Education is working closely with NSW Health and we will be in contact with you

should any of this advice change.

Further information on COVID-19 is available on the NSW Government website.

If you need practical support or have non-urgent health-related questions during isolation, call NSW

Health on 1800 943 553.

Thank you for your support and I hope you and your families manage some risk-free time over the holidays.

Cath Larkman