Please find below our weekly COVID Update, detailing new COVID-related information as well as a COVID case update for this week.
The College continues to implement advice and direction from the Department of Education, the Department of Health and the Association of Independent Schools. We do understand that this is a complex time for many families, please feel free to reach out to the College if you need advice or assistance.
This term we are providing a weekly COVID Update sent out to all families K-12. Parents/guardians will also be informed throughout the week if there has been a positive case who has been at school during their infectious period in their class (Primary School) or year (Senior School).
CHANGES TO MANDATORY VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS
The WA government announced that from 10 June 2022, the mandatory vaccination policy would be updated in line with health advice. This means that staff in schools (as well as regular volunteers etc.) will no longer need to be vaccinated.
The triple dose vaccination requirements only remain in place for those working in healthcare and health support, workers in residential aged care, and workers in residential disability settings. As you would already be aware. students are not required to be vaccinated, however, if your child is on a work placement at one of these settings, they will need to continue to comply with the industry/business requirements at that workplace.
The change also means that parents/guardians who regularly visit, volunteers, third party providers and contractors are not required to be vaccinated.
As a reminder, please note that if students do isolate during their close contact period, they will be supplied with At Home Learning materials (Primary) or have access to the Hybrid Remote Learning resources (Senior School).
If your child is deemed a close contact, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to inform the College so that we are aware. Please indicate in this email if your child will be attending school or will be isolating at home. Should your child test positive, please email email@example.com to inform the College.
For more COVID resources and reminders, please see the COVID-19 Resources page on the College website.
COVID Isolation Reminder
A reminder that COVID positive cases must isolate for the full seven days (seven 24-hour periods) from the time of their positive test. Students cannot return to school earlier than this, even if asymptomatic.
Please note the following advice from the Department of Health, available on their website here.
If you have recovered from COVID-19 and you are told you are a close contact of a case within 12 weeks since you completed isolation, including if you have symptoms that could be consistent with COVID-19, you are told you are a close contact or for workplace screening, you will not be considered a close contact and you do not need to isolate or be tested for COVID-19.
You should, however, stay at home until your symptoms resolve to prevent the spread of other infections. Your healthcare provider may suggest you are tested for other respiratory viruses, such as influenza, during this time.
If you have recovered from COVID-19 and you develop symptoms more than 12 weeks after you have completed the required isolation for COVID-19, you will need to be retested for COVID-19, in case you have been re-infected.
Masks on Buses
Please be reminded that students in Senior School (from Year 7) are required to wear a mask on public transport and when using College bus transportation during the day. If parents/guardians could please ensure that students are carrying spare masks in their bags, this will help for those times when students forget to bring a mask to wear on the bus.
COVID CASE UPDATE
Since our COVID Case Update at the end of last week, the following new cases have been reported. It has been pleasing to again note a substantial decrease in the number of new cases this week, as compared to last week, and we are hopeful that this downward trend will continue.
Kindergarten – 0
Pre-Primary – 1
Year 1 – 0
Year 2 – 0
Year 3 – 1
Year 4 – 1
Year 5 – 0
Year 6 – 0
Year 7 – 9
Year 8 – 4
Year 9 – 1
Year 10 – 3
Year 11 – 1
Year 12 – 6
Rob Gratton and Matt Dusci Principals – Mandurah Baptist College