COVID-19

School is open for learning.

COVID-19

Public health and social measures eased from 12:01am, Friday 29 April.

Masks are no longer mandatory at school, except for specific settings and circumstances. Masks are required to be worn by anyone 12 years and older:

  • on public transport, passenger transport (including school bus services and charter buses) and ride-share or
  • outside the home if they are an asymptomatic close contact.

Masks are encouraged where physical distancing is not possible.

Parents/carers are welcome back on school sites. School activities and special events can resume, including performances, school camps, interschool events, assemblies and meetings.

If your child is unwell, they must stay home from school. New asymptomatic close contact protocols mean that children continue to attend school if they are a close contact with no symptoms.

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 (Year 7 and above) when they leave the house, including at school.

Some preventative measures in schools remain, including:

  • enhanced ventilation and cleaning
  • mandatory vaccination for staff and regular volunteers, which remains unchanged.

Anyone who has symptoms or tests positive to COVID-19 must not attend school. Anyone with flu-like symptoms should take a RAT or PCR test. 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 (Year 7 and above) when they leave the house, including at school.

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 or is a close contact.

No exit testing or clearance is required to return to school once they have finished their isolation period and have no symptoms.

As WA has adopted the national definition of a close contact, schools no longer undertake contact tracing. A close contact is now defined as:

  • a household member or intimate partner of a person with COVID-19 who has had contact with them during their infectious period
  • someone who has had close personal interaction with a person with COVID-19 during their infectious period, where they spent 4 hours of cumulative contact with them in a residential setting, (including a home, residential care facility, boarding school, maritime vessel, or other accommodation facility) where masks have been removed by both people for all of this period
  • someone who is directed by WA Health that they are a close contact.
Managing COVID-19 at home

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:

  • negative RATs for all staff and students prior to departure, unless within 12 weeks of recovering from COVID-19
  • 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:

  • 12 million RATs provided to all schools and childcare facilities to distribute to parents and carers
  • enhanced ventilation
  • enhanced cleaning services and supplies
  • adequate supplies of soap and hand sanitiser
  • pools of vaccinated staff available for deployment into schools
  • staff, children, and visitors educated on COVID-19 safe practices.

Adequate ventilation in classrooms helps to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

We worked with the Department of Finance and an external health academic to develop a ventilation strategy for schools, endorsed by the Western Australian Chief Health Officer, based on natural ventilation and existing air-conditioning and heating systems. The strategy was developed in accordance with current national and international guidance.

Ventilation assessments have been conducted across our school facilities, and schools have been provided with guidelines on ventilating rooms. A system is in place to inform staff how to prepare rooms at the start of each day for optimum ventilation.

The ventilation poster explains the different types of ventilation in classrooms.

We are committed to delivering quality teaching to children across the state throughout COVID-19 disruptions. Western Australian public schools remain ready to respond and adapt 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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