The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) has released an ‘updated statement‘, more accurately described as a supplementary statement, on minimising the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools.
The recent statement provides a useful reminder that:
- With COVIDSafe plans and principles in place and health systems ready to quickly identify and respond to cases, schools remain safe places.
- The evidence available to the AHPPC suggests the new COVID variants do not affect children more than adults.
- The same methods that have prevented the spread of COVID-19 so far will also prevent the spread of the new variants.
The core requirements for keeping schools COVIDSafe remain as outlined in the AHPPC Statement released last April.