Current schooling arrangements
The Perth and Peel restrictions will end as planned at 12.01am, Sunday 14 February.
Schools will return to the pre-lockdown conditions, as experienced prior to 6pm on Sunday 31 January.
From Sunday 14 February masks will no longer be required to be worn either inside or outside, there will be no travel restrictions in WA, except for remote Aboriginal communities and mandatory contact registration will continue, as was planned prior to the lockdown.
Translated information and advice is available on WA.gov.au
Premier's Media Statement - Return to pre-lockdown life from 12.01am Sunday, February 14 (12 February 2021)
Return to pre-lockdown life from 12.01am Sunday, 14 February on WA.gov.au
Transition out of lockdown from 6pm, Friday 5 February on WA.gov.au
Premier's Media Statement - Post lockdown plan to come into effect 6pm, Friday, February 5 (4 February 2021)
Stay at Home and Closure (Perth, Peel and the South West Regions) Directions (No 3) on WA.gov.au
Perth metro, Peel and South West hard lockdown on WA.gov.au
Premier's Media Statement - Western Australia enters five-day lockdown from 6pm tonight (31 January 2021).
The Department of Education remains committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of all students and staff. We continue to follow the advice of the WA Chief Health Officer and the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) to take the necessary precautions related to COVID-19. More information is available from WA Health Department.
All students outside of lockdown areas are expected to attend school, except for those students medically referred to learn from home. This means students are either:
- at school
- unwell and should stay at home
- medically referred to learn from home, or
- recorded as absent if they do not attend.
Physical distancing measures still apply, including one adult per two square metres (venue capacity) and maintaining 1.5 metres between adults, where possible.
Good hygiene practices should be promoted and maintained.
Parents/carers and visitors may access school sites at the discretion of the principal/site manager, with physical distancing and good hygiene practices applied.
Health and hygiene
The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. Arrangements are in place with regard to safety, to reduce direct contact, enhance personal hygiene practices, and strengthen cleaning regimes in our schools that are open outside of lockdown areas..
- All schools will have cleaning staff working throughout the day to ensure all high-use areas, such as benchtops, desks, doorknobs, taps and handrails, are regularly cleaned and surfaces disinfected.
- Playgrounds are open and play equipment will be cleaned once per day.
- Supplies of soap and other cleaning agents are available for all schools.
- Students and staff are encouraged to wash their hands as often as possible.
- Schools can choose to implement staggered start and finish times to reduce contact.
Current national medical advice confirms that the two square metre rule and the 1.5 metre distancing between students during classroom activities is not required.