Meanwhile Brisbane Catholic Education has moved quickly to put systems in place to contain potential cases of H1N1 09 (human swine flu).
BCE executive director David Hutton contacted principals on May 26 with measures devised as a response to Australia moving from the pandemic influenza phase “delay” to its current “contain” phase.
He said Queensland had adopted the national policy of requiring students to stay away from school for seven days if they had recently returned from countries affected by human swine influenza and for schools to close for a similar period if a case of swine flu was detected.
Schools were provided with a letter to send to parents containing information on the steps to be taken if their children were exposed to the illness.
In the letter the week of quarantine was referred to as a seven-day timeout period to allow for any appearance of the illness or its symptoms.
Mr Hutton said the list of countries that the seven-day exclusion applied to was regularly reviewed and updated on the Australian Government’s website www.healthemergency.gov.au.
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