Please be aware that the following information was prepared prior to this afternoon’s announcement in relation to further relaxed restrictions. A further update will be provided once detailed information about school operating guidelines under this next phase is received by the College.
As we commence Term 2, there have been further changes to the management of COVID-19 in schools since those communicated at the end of last term.
The Premier announced that from 14 March, the close contact definition will now align with the National Cabinet’s definition. A close contact is now defined as:
- a household member or intimate partner of a person with COVID-19 who has had contact with them during their infectious period,
- someone who has had close personal interaction with a person with COVID-19 during their infectious period, where they spent greater than 4 hours of cumulative contact with them in a residential setting, (i.e. a home, accommodation facility) where masks have been removed by both people for all of this period
- someone who is directed by WA Health that they are a close contact.
For schools, this means a child will no longer be identified as a close contact at school. Please continue to contact the school if your child becomes COVID-19 positive or becomes a close contact and is required to isolate based on the criteria above by using the emails listed below:
Reporting a Positive Student Test Result: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Reporting a Student as a Household Close Contact: email email@example.com
Please be aware that the College is still required to report to the Department of Health, through the Association of Independent Schools, positive cases as reported to the College.
Any child who becomes symptomatic should stay home and be tested for COVID-19. Please continue to refer to healthywa.wa.gov.au for information on close contact definition, testing and isolation requirements.
The easing of restrictions has meant some of our school activities can resume this term, although some activities, including camps, already postponed will remain postponed until later in the year. We will provide more information on the requirements and COVID-19 considerations for each activity as they arise on the school calendar.
COVID Updates During Term 2
As we transition into a new term under new guidelines, the College’s communication strategy around COVID will transition to the following approach –
- For positive, reported cases an email will be sent home to parents/guardians of the relevant class (Primary) or year (Senior) to inform that there has been a positive case recorded in that class/year group at the end of the relevant day.
- An end of week summary / update detailing total case numbers we have been informed of throughout the week will be emailed to all parents/guardians K-12 as a COVID Update each Friday afternoon.
- Should other COVID-related information of note become available throughout the week (e.g. further changes to restrictions and guidelines etc.) the College may send out further COVID Updates, as necessary.
For more COVID resources and reminders, please see the COVID-19 Resources page on the College website.
Rob Gratton and Matt Dusci
Principals – Mandurah Baptist College