COVID-19

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COVID-19

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.

As endorsed by National Cabinet in adopting a nationally consistent approach, wearing masks indoors is strongly encouraged. The Department of Education, Catholic Education WA and the Association of Independent Schools WA have sent a letter to all Western Australian schools to distribute to their parents and carers. Translated letters are also available.

You can support your school community to be COVID-19 safe by:

  • wearing a mask indoors when visiting the school
  • ensuring your family stays up to date with COVID-19 and flu vaccines
  • testing for COVID-19 if your child has symptoms or as a household close contact
  • keeping your child home if they are unwell
  • maintaining good hand hygiene.

Masks are required 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.

Parents and carers are welcome on school sites and all school activities have resumed.

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.

Let your school know if your child is a household close contact.

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.

If your child tests positive to COVID-19, they must isolate at home. Positive RATs must be reported to healthywa.wa.gov.au/ratregister.

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.

If you have recovered from COVID-19, you will not be identified as a close contact for 4 weeks (28 days) following the positive test result. If you have symptoms, you should stay home until they resolve. For more information, visit HealthyWA.

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 and tours 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
  • mask wearing when travelling (Year 7 and above)
  • arrangements for students who test positive to be taken home by their parent/carer if applicable
  • students with symptoms of COVID-19 not required to be tested if they have provided evidence that they contracted COVID-19 in the last 4 weeks (28 days)
  • staff and students will comply with WA Health testing and isolation requirements as a minimum standard when interstate or overseas.

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 RATs available for every student provided to parents and carers
  • enhanced ventilation
  • air purifiers supplied where required
  • enhanced cleaning services and supplies
  • adequate supplies of soap, hand sanitiser and masks
  • staff, children, and visitors educated on COVID-19 safe practices.

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 any vaccination requirements in place.

Some remote Aboriginal communities have access requirements in place which may include COVID-19 vaccination. You can contact the education regional office of a remote community school to find out what the local requirements are. Community access requirements may change, so we recommend contacting the education regional office prior to travel.

Ventilation in classrooms helps minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19.

We worked with the Department of Finance and an independent health expert 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.

Link to Roll Up for WA COVID-19 vaccination website (external site)For the best protection against COVID-19, your child should access all recommended doses of the free COVID-19 vaccine. WA Health recommends it for all Western Australians 5 years and older.

Resources from the Telethon Kids Institute and HealthyWA answer common questions about COVID-19, the vaccine and your child.

Free flu vaccines are also available in the month of July 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.

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