• COVID-19 Information

    Important Information

    Border Controls – International and Interstate travel

    All travel in and out of Western Australia has been banned as of 1.30pm on Tuesday, 24 March 2020.

    • Unless exempted, arrivals from interstate by road, rail, air and sea will be ordered to self-isolate for 14 days.
    • Exemptions will apply to essential services and essential workers, including health and emergency services, defence and policing, mining industry work forces, flight crews and freight of essential goods, via ports and trucks – with strict guidelines in place to monitor and manage this.
    • There will also be exemptions granted on compassionate grounds and where people live near border communities.
    Student Well-being Website

    Given the extensive media coverage, some children are already aware of the impact of the virus and will pick up on the concerns and anxiety of others. This could be through listening and observing what is happening online, at home and school.

    The Learning at home website provides advice and resources for parents and carers, educators and students. This includes a wide range of resources and information related to the impact of COVID-19 on students’ health and wellbeing and the impact on families.  It also includes vital information for schools to understand how they can best support students and families to access services and information.  The website will continue to be updated over the coming weeks.

    Attendance at School

    On 26 March the State Government announced all public schools in Western Australia will remain open until the end of term, Thursday 9 April. In the final two weeks schools will operate differently from usual.  From Monday 30 March to Friday 3 April all children who attend school will be taught as normal.  The following week (6 – 9 April) teachers will prepare teaching programs for Term 2 and during this time students who attend school will be supervised.

    The Minister for Education and Training reiterated that continuity of education for as long as possible is best, but families are now encouraged to keep their children at home.

    Learning programs for final week of Term 1

    ·         Coordinated learning programs cease on Friday 3 April for students. 

    ·         From 6 – 9 April students attending school will be supervised but will not be provided with an individualised learning program. 

    ·         Schools are not expected to provide work for students who are not in attendance for the balance of Term 1.

    Attendance at School – Who Cannot Attend School 

    Students or staff cannot attend school and need to self-isolate if they have:

    • returned from overseas travel, they must self-isolate for 14 days from the date of return to Australia
    • returned from interstate travel, from 1.30pm on Tuesday 24 March, they must self-isolate for 14 days from the date of return to Western Australia
    • been informed by public health authorities that they have been in close contact with a confirmed case and they must isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case
    • been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results should follow the advice of the Department of Health and stay away from school.
    • The above also applies to all parents/carers, contractors, visitors and volunteers on school sites.

    Parents/carers should notify their school if the student will be away for the isolation period and confirm the date in which they were last overseas, or have been advised by the Department of Health to isolate.  

    Recording Student Absences

    We remind schools that the use of a Reasonable absence is used in the case of:

    • students who are self-isolating due to Department of Health advice
    • families keeping children home due to increased risk relating to children and family members who are in a higher risk category (e.g. diabetes, compromised immune systems)
    • students with a reason provided as acceptable other than an absence due to suspension, cultural absence, illness or family holiday
    • families keeping their children home due to a perceived risk that they are safer at home than in a school setting due to possible transmission of the virus.

    If the absence does not meet the criteria above, it will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.

    Students whose parents have chosen to keep them home, will not be provided curriculum work and activities. The priority for staff is to maintain focus on classroom learning programs. In the event of a temporary school closure, further advice will be provided.

    BYO Water Bottles

    As per advice received from the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC), it is preferable that students bring their own individual water bottles that can be filled from the fountain as necessary. This will reduce the need for students to drink directly from fountains. All students should be instructed on safe usage of water fountains e.g. not putting their mouth onto equipment.

    How can I protect myself and others against COVID-19?

    • Frequently washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or using an alcohol-based hand gel
    • Refraining from touching mouth and nose
    • If coughing or sneezing, covering your nose and mouth with a paper tissue or flexed elbow.
    • Disposing of the tissue immediately after use and performing hand hygiene and
    • Avoiding close contact with anyone if you, or they, have a cold or flu-like symptoms (maintain a distance of at least 1 metre).
    How is COVID-19 Spread? 

    COVID-19 is most likely to spread from person-to-person through:

    • direct close contact with a person while they are infectious
    • close contact with a person with a confirmed infection who coughs or sneezes
    • touching objects or surfaces (such as door handles or tables) contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face.

    Most infections are only transmitted by people when they have symptoms.  These can include fever, a cough, sore throat, tiredness and shortness of breath.

    Related links

    Self Isolation Information

    Information for close contacts of a confirmed case

    Isolation guidance

    Please click here to find the latest information issued by the school

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