COVID CASE UPDATE
Since our update yesterday, the College has been notified of three further cases of COVID-19, one in Year 11 (11A) and two in Year 12 (12A). Please note that none of these cases were at school during their infectious period.
This brings our total current confirmed cases for this week (since last Friday) to:
Kindergarten – 1
Pre-Primary – 2
Year 2 – 2
Year 3 – 1
Year 4 – 2
Year 5 – 2
Year 7 – 1
Year 9 – 14
Year 10 – 4
Year 11 – 3
Year 12 – 3
COVID END OF TERM SUMMARY
Thank you for your support and cooperation as we have navigated the challenges of living with COVID in the community this term. We understand that it has been a difficult time for many families as they have worked through the complexities of close contact and isolation requirements, as well as many families having to deal with infection in their households.
To give you a brief snapshot of the effect of COVID this term, some statistics are included below for your reference.
Total cases to 4.00pm Thursday 7 April: 178 (14%)
Primary School cases: 70 (12%)
Senior School cases: 108 (15%)
Close contact definitions and regulations have changed during the course of the term, and it is not possible for us to be certain of the source of any infection, however, from data we have available, the following statistics around positive cases’ source of infection are listed as a general indication –
Household close contacts – 48%
Unknown source – 32%
School based close contacts – 20%
Please note that very few students identified as close contacts at school have gone on to contract COVID-19 (less than 5%, compared to over 25% of household close contacts who have gone on to test positive to COVID-19).
REPORTING CASES OVER THE TERM BREAK
If your child tests positive to COVID over the term break, please continue to report the case to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that you may receive an ‘automated response’ during the office closure dates, but cases will be logged for the purposes of excluding students from future contact tracing (even though the College is not required to further report cases to AISWA and the Department of Health over the term break).
From the second week of the holidays, we will also need to note cases as they may impact on students’ attendance for the start of Term 2. This would include positive cases, but also close contacts (both household and non-household; please report to email@example.com), as this has an effect on College activities.
Thank you for your assistance with this as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together as a community.
COVID REMINDERS AND RESOURCES
For more COVID resources and reminders, please see the COVID-19 Resources page on the College website.
Reporting a Positive Student Test Result: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Reporting a Student as a Close Contact: email email@example.com
Advice for all families and staff:
- The school remains open.
- The College will continue our enhanced cleaning regime.
- As for everyone in Western Australia, we ask that you monitor your student/yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result, if symptoms develop.
- Please note that the Omicron strain can present with less typical symptoms such as diarrhea, particularly in children.
- If you have queries or concerns, please contact WA Health on 1300 316 555
Rob Gratton and Matt Dusci
Principals – Mandurah Baptist College