26 September 2023

Positive change for early childhood rules

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Children and staff at early childhood education and care services (ECECs) no longer need to isolate if exposed to COVID-19 on-site, following updated advice from ACT Health.

Issuing the update, ACT Health said under the change, staff and children who had been exposed to COVID-19 in an ECEC service would be able to continue to attend their ECEC service if they received a negative PCR or RAT result and did not have any COVID-19 symptoms.

“ECECs will continue to communicate with families about any COVID-19 exposures and recommended actions to take,” ACT Health said.

“Children or staff who are currently in quarantine after being identified as a high-risk contact from an ECEC exposure will be able to return to their ECEC service if they have received a negative PCR or RAT result in the last 48 hours, and do not have any COVID-19 symptoms,” it said.

ACT Health said anyone who was in quarantine as a household contact must continue to stay in quarantine and follow the information for people exposed to COVID-19.

The change brings ECECs into line with the Territory’s Kindergarten to Year 12 schools.

ACT Health’s information for people exposed to COVID-19 can be accessed at this PS News link.

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