Information regarding Household Contacts


Information regarding Household Contacts

If your child is a household contact, your child can learn from home. If this is your preferred option please contact the school on 61420777 or admin@torrensps.act.edu.au .

However, if that's not possible, they can attend school but need to follow the risk mitigation requirements for household contacts that are outlined on the ACT COVID-19 website. A household contact must comply with these risk mitigation requirements for a period of 7 days from the last time someone in the household tested positive for COVID-19 (the date of the collection of the test is regarded as day 0).

In order to attend school as a household contact, your child must:

  • Follow the risk mitigation requirements for household contacts on the ACT COVID-19 website
  • Have no symptoms of COVID-19. If they develop COVID-19 symptoms, they should undergo COVID-19 testing and isolate until a negative result is received.
  • If a positive result is returned, they should follow the requirements for people who test positive for COVID-19.
  • If a negative result is returned, and the initial test was a rapid antigen test, it is recommended to have a PCR test and continue to isolate.
  • If a negative result is returned, a household contact should stay at home until their symptoms resolve.

  • Undertake a COVID-19 test 24 hours prior to attending school and then every 48 hours during the time that they are required to follow the risk mitigation requirements.
  • Mask wearing for students in primary school is at the discretion of the student and their parents/carers and would not be recommended for children in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECECs) or Preschool to year 2.
  • Other exclusions apply for mask wearing requirements, such as if someone has a physical or mental health condition, or disability, which makes wearing a mask unsuitable. For more information, see the ACT COVID-19 website
  • Practice COVID smart strategies related to respiratory hygiene, sanitising hands, maintaining 1.5m distance wherever possible.

Please note, if a household contact has previously been diagnosed with COVID-19 and received clearance from the self-isolation period in the last 12 weeks, they do not have to comply with these risk mitigation requirements if they subsequently become a household contact.

If you have any further questions about what to do if you are a household contact, please refer to www.covid19.act.gov.au. More information on risk mitigation requirements for household contacts is also available online.

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