Vaccination requirements in schools have been removed.
WA’s mandatory vaccination policy has been updated in line with health advice. From Friday 10 June, proof of vaccination or exemption is no longer required to work, volunteer or provide services in a school or education site.
The vaccination mandate continues to apply to workers in healthcare and health support settings, residential aged care and residential disability settings. Students on work placements must still follow vaccination requirements in these settings, or in organisations with vaccination requirements.
Parents and carers are welcome on school sites. School activities and special events have resumed, including performances, school camps, interschool events, assemblies and meetings.
COVID-19 safe measures continue in schools to help keep our students, staff and community safe. If your child is unwell, they must stay home from school.
Students and staff are encouraged to wear a mask where physical distancing is not possible. Masks are not mandatory, except in specific settings and circumstances for people 12 years and older, including:
- on public transport, passenger transport (including school bus services and charter buses) and ride-share
- outside the home if they are an asymptomatic close contact.
- Positive cases and close contacts
- Managing COVID-19 at home
- School camps
- Preventative measures
- Get vaccinated
If your child is a close contact and has no symptoms, they must:
- attend school
- take a RAT every day for 7 days
- wear a mask when they leave the house if they are 12 years and older, including at school.
Anyone who has symptoms or tests positive to COVID-19 must not attend school. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should take a RAT or PCR test.
Let your school know if your child is COVID-19 positive. No exit testing or clearance is required to return to school once they have finished their 7 day isolation period and have no symptoms.
As WA has adopted the national definition of a close contact, schools no longer undertake contact tracing.
For information about caring for your child's health if they are COVID-19 positive, visit the HealthyWA website.
You can also hear more about COVID-19 in children in this video from the Child and Adolescent Health Service.
School camps have resumed, with COVID-19 safe measures in place, including:
- staff and students who are close contacts should not attend camp until they are no longer a close contact
- enhanced cleaning
- arrangements for students who test positive to be taken home by their parent/carer.
Guidelines for school camp providers have been prepared to support camp providers with their planning for school camps.
COVID-19 prevention strategies include:
- an allocation of 20 RATs for every student provided to parents and carers
- enhanced ventilation
- enhanced cleaning services and supplies
- adequate supplies of soap and hand sanitiser
- staff, children, and visitors educated on COVID-19 safe practices.
Ventilation in classrooms helps minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19.
We worked with the Department of Finance and an external health academic to develop a ventilation strategy for schools based on natural ventilation and existing air-conditioning and heating systems. The strategy follows national and international guidance and is endorsed by the Western Australian Chief Health Officer.
Ventilation assessments were conducted across our school facilities, and guidelines on ventilating rooms inform staff how to prepare each room for optimum ventilation every day.
The ventilation poster explains the different types of ventilation in classrooms.
Free flu vaccines are also available in the month of June to everyone 6 months and older. COVID-19 and influenza are different viruses, so it’s important to get both vaccines – you can even get both at once.
Find out when and where you can get your next dose at the Roll up for WA website.
We are committed to delivering quality teaching to children across the state throughout COVID-19 disruptions. Our public schools remain ready to respond to the advice of the Chief Health Officer and ensure continuity of teaching and learning.
We also work with Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) and the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (AISWA) to respond to WA Health advice and provide information to schools and staff.
Parent COVID-19 helpline
Parent COVID-19 helpline
If you require advice or support for your child’s education due to COVID-19, your school or education regional office can assist you. For further advice or support phone 1800 882 345 (8:00 am to 4:00 pm) or email CoronaVirusSupport@education.wa.edu.au.
These guidelines have been prepared to support camp providers with their planning for school camps.