Dear Parents and Carers,
I have received multiple queries in regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19) this week and believe it is timely to inform you that we are acting on the latest advice of the Department of Health and Department of Education and are updated regularly.
While the Department of Health advises that the risk of transmission in Western Australia remains low; they are monitoring the situation and we are acting on their advice to take any necessary precautions for our school and community.
At this stage, all planned events will proceed, including 3-6 Parent Meeting tomorrow (4:15 – 5pm), Harmony Night Picnic tomorrow (5-7pm), PP-6 Swimming (next week) etc
Attendance at school
Who can attend school
Students or staff who have travelled to or transited through other countries (excluding China, Iran, Republic of Korea and Italy) can attend school. If students display symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath) they should not attend school and seek medical advice.
Who cannot attend school
Students or staff cannot attend school and need to self-quarantine if they have:
- left or transited through mainland China in the last 14 days, they must isolate themselves for 14 days from the date of leaving mainland China;
- left or transited through Iran on or after 1 March, they must isolate themselves for 14 days after leaving Iran;
- left or transited through the Republic of Korea, on or after 5 March, they must isolate themselves for 14 days after leaving the Republic of Korea;
- left or transited through Italy in the last 14 days, they must isolate themselves for 14 days from the date of leaving Italy;
- 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.
Students, staff, parents/carers, contractors, visitors and contractors who have been tested for COVID-19 should follow the advice of the Department of Health and stay away from school whilst awaiting results.
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.
How can I protect myself and others against 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).
Further information is available from – www.healthywa.wa.gov.au
As per usual, please keep us informed of planned travel, attendance and any health related issues that your child/ren are experiencing.