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Australian Health Protection Principal Committee advice on reducing the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) has released its latest health advice in relation to reducing the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools (https://www.health.gov.au/news/australian-health-protection-principal-committee-ahppc-advice-on-reducing-the-potential-risk-of-covid-19-transmission-in-schools).

This practical guidance and advice has been prepared for school leaders engaging with children, parents, teachers and support staff to reduce even further the relatively low risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission in schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The AHPPC advice should be read in conjunction with the National Principles for School Education (https://www.dese.gov.au/covid-19/schools/national-principles-for-school-education) which have been agreed by the National Cabinet to support the ongoing delivery of high quality education for all students during COVID-19, enable students to progress through their year level, and support a successful transition to 2021.

State and Territory Governments and non-government sector authorities are responsible for managing and making operational decisions for their schools. Decisions regarding the response to COVID-19 in the school sector must continue to be informed by expert, official, national and state-based public health and education advice, consistent with these National Principles.

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