COVID CASE UPDATE
Since our update yesterday, the College has been notified of two further cases of COVID-19, one in Year 8 (8D) and one in Year 12 (12A). Neither student was at the College during their infectious period.
This brings our total current confirmed cases for this week (since last Friday) to:
Kindergarten – 1
Year 2 – 3
Year 3 – 2
Year 5 – 2
Year 7 – 1
Year 8 – 3
Year 9 – 2
Year 11 – 1
Year 12 – 2
The College, through direction from the Department of Health and AISWA, will continue learning as normal this week. College activities may adjust subject to instructions from the Department of Health and AISWA and may change in response to increased community spread.
SCHOOL RESTRICTIONS TERM 2
Following yesterday’s announcement by the Minister for Education about the easing of restrictions in schools from Term 2, the College received more detail in the updated Department of Education School Operating Guidelines.
It should be noted that, at this stage, there is no change around testing, isolation and close contact protocols for students and staff.
Some key points from the Guidelines include –
- Parents/carers are only allowed on school sites for the following purposes:
- Outdoor drop-off/pick up of their child
- Assemblies (limited to year group)
- Parent/teacher meetings
- To volunteer in roles outside of the classroom that are essential for the operations of the school, including the canteen and uniform shop
- Infrequent special events in line with community venue capacity and density limits, and mask wearing requirements.
- Adults, including parents and carers, must wear a mask on the school site, even when outdoors, unless physical distancing can be maintained.
- Masks for students in Years 3-12 will remain compulsory
- Assemblies will be allowed under strict conditions, and only for a single year group at a time. One of the conditions is that any students identified as a close contact but attending school will not be able to attend. Alternative supervision arrangements will be in place for these students in the event of a year group assembly
- Larger infrequent special events are allowed, with masks and physical distancing.
- Camps are still to be postponed
- Non-household close contacts will continue to be allowed to attend school, although they cannot leave the campus if excursions or off-site activities are occurring
- Household close contacts must not attend school and must isolate
It should be noted that these Guidelines may change again before the start of the term, as this is still a number of weeks away. Any further changes will be communicated via COVID Updates.
We will continue to utilise our weekly K-12 Update to let our community know of events and other activities that are occurring at the College, and any changes associated with these due to COVID measures.
COVID REMINDERS AND RESOURCES
For 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