Latest COVID-19 Information for Western Australian Public Schools - Updated 27th March 2020
On 26 March the State Government announced all public schools in Western Australia will remain open until the end of term, Thursday 9 April. In the final two weeks schools will operate differently from usual.
From Monday 30 March to Friday 3 April all children who attend school will be taught as normal. The following week (6 - 9 April) teachers will prepare teaching programs for Term 2 and during this time students who attend school will be supervised.
The Minister for Education and Training reiterated that continuity of education for as long as possible is best, but families are now encouraged to keep their children at home.
Learning programs for final week of Term 1
- Coordinated learning programs cease on Friday 3 April for students.
- From 6 - 9 April students attending school will be supervised but will not be provided with an individualised learning program.
- Schools are not expected to provide work for students who are not in attendance for the balance of Term 1.
Attendance at school
The State Government recognises there will still be families who need to send their children to school to continue their learning prior to the end of term. These may include:
- children of parents and carers who need their children to attend school to maintain employment
- children who live in families with aged relatives
- children where it is safer for them to be at school.
Who cannot attend school
Students or staff cannot attend school and need to self-isolate if they have:
a) returned from overseas travel, they must self-isolate for 14 days from the date of return to Australia
b) returned from interstate travel, from 1.30pm on Tuesday 24 March, they must self-isolate for 14 days from the date of return to Western Australia
c) been informed by public health authorities that they have been in close contact with a confirmed case and they must isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case
d) been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results should follow the advice of the Department of Health and stay away from school.
The above also applies to all parents/carers, contractors, visitors and volunteers on school sites.
Parents/carers should notify their school if students will be away for the isolation period and confirm the date in which they were last overseas, or have been advised by the Department of Health to isolate.
Students who have been tested for COVID-19 should follow the advice of the WA Department of Health and stay away from school whilst awaiting results.
Students also need to self-quarantine if they have been informed by public health authorities that they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus. They must isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case.
How to minimise the spread of COVID-19.
- Frequently washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or using an alcohol based hand gel
- Refraining from touching mouth and nose
- If coughing or sneezing, covering your nose and mouth with a paper tissue or flexed elbow
- Dispose of the tissue immediately after use and perform hand hygiene
- Avoiding close contact with anyone if you, or they, have a cold or flu-like symptoms (maintain a distance of at least 1 metre).
People with COVID-19 may experience:
- flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue; or
- shortness of breath.
If a student does have COVID-19 symptoms and has had possible exposure to the virus, they should not attend school until they have medical confirmation that they do not have the virus.
For the latest health information and health related enquiries please visit WA Department of Health or access the helpline 1800 020 080.
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