COVID-19 Update 4:30pm 23 March

Dear parents and caregivers

Once again, I want to thank everyone for your support in what are surreal and unprecedented times. If someone told me at the beginning of 2020, that teaching handwashing would be the most important thing we would be doing in classes, I would’ve laughed. Yet here we are!

At the National Cabinet meeting on 22 March, State Premiers and Chief Ministers agreed that at this time schools will remain open through to the end of the current school term to support students whose parents choose to send them to school. If you are keeping your child/ren home due to a perceived risk that they are safer at home than in a school setting due to possible transmission of the virus, this is considered a reasonable cause for absence.

As of 1.30pm on Tuesday 24 March, new restrictions and arrival requirements to travel to Western Australia from other Australian States and Territories will apply. Arrivals from interstate will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, and this applies to all students, parents, carers, contractors, visitors and volunteers on school sites.

I want to thank teachers for their hard work and dedication in providing online resources in Connect, to support home learning. A gentle reminder that their current focus is on classroom learning programs. Teachers will not be emailing additional work packages or providing marking and assessment on any of the home learning materials. We are continuing to source access to a number of commercial websites and apps to assist with learning at home. Teachers will email these to you when they are made available. The Department of Education has released the Learning from Home website. It is now available to parents and resources will continue to be added over the coming weeks.

If you are seeking information on the virus and its symptoms you can find it at www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/coronavirus or the healthdirect helpline on 1800 020 080.

Handwashing plays an important role in protecting our community from transmission. Our staff are using the following guidelines:
• wash hands with soap and running water when hands are visibly dirty;
• wash hands with soap and water and use alcohol based hand rub (ABHR), before and after eating or prior to food preparation;
• wash hands with soap and water after going to the toilet;
• avoid using handkerchiefs;
• cough and sneeze with a tissue or bent elbow, dispose of used tissues immediately, and use ABHR or soap and water;
• avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose;
• wash hands with soap and water or ABHR when caring for the sick;
• if unwell, avoid contact with others;
• make sure workplaces are clean and hygienic, surfaces (e.g. desks and tables) and objects (e.g. telephones, keyboards) need to be wiped with disinfectant regularly; and
• wash hands or use ABHR after handling animals or animal waste.

I know this is a tough time for many people in our community and our thoughts are with you all. Please continue to email us if you have any questions or concerns.

Kirsten