Current schooling arrangements

Current schooling arrangements

Restrictions lifted for public schools as WA moves into Phase 4 of COVID recovery.

From Saturday 27 June further restrictions have been lifted, subject to physical distancing and hygiene measures.

Additional arrangements include:

  • Events and activities such as assemblies, excursions, interschool activities, school choirs and examinations can now resume providing schools abide by the 2 square metre rule for visitors.
  • School camps will now be permitted for up to 100 people, with schools required to follow the WA Department of Education's excursion policies and Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advice. Additional guidelines have been developed to provide schools with further information relating to camps.
  • Sports training, games and interschool competitions can proceed with good hygiene practices.
  • In-term swimming classes can immediately recommence for students with physical distancing and good hygiene practices applied.
  • Students in secondary years are also able to get back to their work placements as long as schools make sure the employers are complying with WA COVID-19 Health Guidelines.
  • Canteens can now provide a dine-in service but must abide by the 2 square metre rule for food service.

It is expected that schools continue to follow good personal hygiene practices and additional cleaning regimes.

High frequency cleaning will continue throughout the school day at all WA public schools.

As per the WA COVID-19 Roadmap, all school activities will be reviewed again in preparation for Phase 5.

Individual schools will provide further information to their parents and carers on how each school will manage these changes.

Going forward, arrangements for schools will be considered in line with our phased approach and roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions in our State. As always, State Government decisions will be based on the best health advice.

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Health and hygiene

Arrangements are in place with regard to safety, to reduce direct contact, enhance personal hygiene practices, and strengthen cleaning regimes in our schools.

  • The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority and there is an additional $43 million invested into cleaning.
  • All schools will have cleaning staff working throughout the day to ensure all high-use areas, such as benchtops, desks, doorknobs, taps and hand rails, 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 will be encouraged to wash their hands as often as possible.

Schools can choose to implement staggered starts, breaks and meal times to reduce contact. The latest national medical advice confirms that the two square metre rule and the 1.5 metre distancing between students during classroom activities is not required. 

Premier's Media Statement - 22 June 2020: WA ready for the next phase of the COVID-19 roadmap

Minister's Media Statement - 8 June 2020: Restrictions lifted for public schools as WA moves into Phase 3 of COVID recovery

Premier's Media Statement - 14 May 2020: All WA students to return to school from next week

Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advice on reducing the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools (24 April 2020).

Updated Advice from the Chief Health Officer - Information on schools and early childhood centres for parents.

Updated Advice from the Chief Health Officer - Information on schools and early childhood centres for principals, teachers, educators and support staff.

 

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