COVID – 19 Information for Parents

Information for parents regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We are acting on the advice of the WA Department of Health to take the necessary precautions for schools and staff.

All Western Australian public schools are being supported by the Department of Education to implement a plan in relation to COVID-19.

School closures
If there was to be a confirmed COVID-19 case at a school, the decision to close a school is based on the expert advice from the WA Health Department’s Chief Health Officer.

The Chief Health Officer will, if there has been a positive COVID-19 test result in a school, close the school temporarily while assessment and tracing of exposure is conducted. A thorough school clean will then be carried out to make the school safe for the return of students and staff.

In this situation, all families will be immediately contacted by the school and provided with the relevant information.

Travel
The Prime Minister has announced that as of 12.00am 16 March 2020, all people returning from international travel must self-isolate for 14 days after the date of return to Australia.

As of 1.30pm on Tuesday 24 March, new restrictions and arrival requirements to travel to Western Australia from other Australian States and Territories will apply.

All of the above also applies to all parents/carers, contractors, visitors and volunteers on school sites.

Parents/carers must notify their school that their child will be absent from school for the isolation period and confirm the date of arrival into Australia.

Parents may want to seek alternative arrangements for their child’s remote learning keeping in mind that the isolation period, provided the person remains well, is a maximum of 14 days.

Students do not require a medical certificate or clearance to return to school but must remain at home until 14 days.

Mass gatherings
The Australian Government has announced that all organised, non-essential mass gatherings attended by more than 100 people for indoor events and more than 500 people for outdoors events must be cancelled from Wednesday 18 March 2020.

All assemblies, carnivals and excursions have been cancelled at Samson Primary for Term One.

The WA Department of Health has updated information including frequently asked questions about the COVID-19. To view this information visit healthywa.wa.gov.au/coronavirus

Updates will be provided as any new information becomes available. Please check back regularly to ensure the information you have is up to date.

The Department of Education, Catholic Education Western Australia and The Association of Independent Schools of WA will continue to respond as a collaborative team to advice from the WA Department of Health and provide updated advice to schools and staff as appropriate.

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This page was last updated 17.28 WST, 19 March 2020.