COVID Update #5

Thursday 3rd March

PUBLIC HOLIDAY MONDAY 7th MARCH

PUPIL FREE DAY TUESDAY 8th MARCH

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How To Wear A Mask In School

COVID SAFE RESTRICTIONS

Dear Parents & Caregivers,


Thank you to our children and parents for the way our Year 3-6 children undertook the wearing of masks today. Moving around visiting each classroom, the children have done a great job being vigilant with mask wearing. Our staff are providing constant reminders about wearing the mask correctly.


There is a video above that was shown to all 3-6 children today, so please have a look to ensure your child's mask fits correctly. We have a small supply of child-sized disposable masks which are designed for children in the event a mask is forgotten or damaged throughout the day. I have attached some FAQ's about mask wearing that may assist parents and children when discussing the need for masks.


INFECTIOUS PERIOD

As directed by WA Health, as Principal, the below rules are what I use to assist in determining the infectious period for close contacts:


  • Symptomatic - 2 days before the first symptoms until isolation
  • Asymptomatic - 2 days before the first positive test


ISOLATION OF SIBLINGS/PARENTS OF A CLOSE CONTACT

I received communication this afternoon on direction from WA Health, that clarifies the need for parents or siblings of a close contact to isolate. There has been an important change from WA Health and I have highlighted in yellow. It states:


Parents/guardians are not required to quarantine but need to ensure that their child is appropriately cared for. This may mean a parent or guardian needs to miss work or work from home whilst their child is in quarantine. Siblings, who have not been identified as close contacts, are permitted to attend school.


PLEASE NOTE: THIS CHANGE IS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

(any siblings who are currently isolating because their brother or sister are close contacts, may return to school on Wednesday if they have not developed symptoms)


I understand the constant changing of advice is frustrating but I hope this clarifies. We are governed by the guidelines provided by WA Health in relation to confirmation of positive cases, testing, isolation requirements and mask wearing. We will continue to follow these guidelines and endeavour to provide clear and timely information to our families.


With the long weekend approaching, I hope it provides children isolating and all families some respite from the current COVID challenges. Whilst we have our own struggles as a school and community, these pale in significance to the suffering of the people in Ukraine. My prayers continue to be with those and the current crisis that has engulfed their homeland and people.


Best wishes

Jason Baker

Principal