All travel in and out of Western Australia has been banned as of 1.30pm on Tuesday, 24 March 2020.
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.
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.
Students or staff cannot attend school and need to self-isolate if they have:
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.
We remind schools that the use of a Reasonable absence is used in the case of:
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.
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?
COVID-19 is most likely to spread from person-to-person through:
Most infections are only transmitted by people when they have symptoms. These can include fever, a cough, sore throat, tiredness and shortness of breath.
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