Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

The Minister for Education and Training announced on 14 May 2020 that all public school students are required to attend school from Monday 18 May 2020, except for those students medically referred to learn from home. Current health advice states that schools remain safe for staff and students and should remain open.
This means students are either:
•    at school;
•    have a medical referral to learn from home:
•    unwell and stay at home; or
•    recorded as absent if they do not attend.

For parents with medical advice that their child should not attend school, the College will work with parents in partnership with the School of Special Educational Needs: Medical and Mental Health to support your child’s learning from home.
If your child does not attend school without a medical reason, they will be marked as absent and will not be provided a learning program.
The extra cleaning and hygiene practices implemented at the start of Term 2 will continue. As part of the social distancing measures, we continue to ask parents/carers to not enter the school grounds.

Please follow this link to see the Ministers announcement – Media Statement @ 14 May
If you would like to read the Chief Health officer’s Media Statement, please click here.

 

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 1.5 metres).

COVID-19 symptoms

People with COVID-19 may experience:
•    fever;
•    flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue; or
•    shortness of breath.

COVID-19 testing

The WA Chief Health Officer, Dr Andrew Robertson, has advised people should not go to be tested for COVID-19 to either COVID Clinics or GPs unless they are currently experiencing symptoms and meet the testing criteria.

To be eligible for testing people must:
•    be currently experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough or sore throat AND have
•    returned from overseas travel in the last 14 days
•    OR be currently experiencing symptoms, and be a contact of a confirmed case
•    OR be currently experiencing symptoms and believe they have been in close contact with a person infected with COVID-19.

Protect others and stop the spread

We can all help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia.  To protect others you must:

    practise good hygiene
    practise social distancing
    follow the limits for public gatherings
    understand how to self-isolate if you need to

For the latest information and health related enquiries please refer to the Department of Health website https://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/coronavirus or access their helpline 1800 020 080. 

In times of worry and uncertainty, it is important to keep a positive sense of wellbeing in all aspects of life - physical, mental, social and emotional.  Your child’s wellbeing can be influenced by what’s happening and the actions people take.  In a safe and supportive environment, you can help to maintain your family’s wellbeing.  Please visit the below website for further information.

Support for parents and carers

Parents are advised that, if they need urgent mental health advice and support for themselves or their child, there is a 24 hour crisis support line 1800 048 636.