Dear parents and caregivers
While the situation regarding the COVID-19 continues to evolve, the Department of Education sector has established plans and a team to support principals and schools. It is important that as a school community we apply common sense, factual information and a practical approach to COVID – 19.
How to minimise the spread of COVID-19
· Frequently washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or using an alcohol based hand gel
· Refraining from touching mouth and nose
· If coughing or sneezing, covering your nose and mouth with a paper tissue or flexed elbow
· Dispose of the tissue immediately after use and perform hand hygiene
· Avoiding close contact with anyone if you, or they, have a cold or flu-like symptoms (maintain a distance of at least 1 metre).
Who cannot attend school – advice as at 11 March 2020
Students or staff cannot attend school and need to self-quarantine if they have:
a) left or transited through mainland China in the last 14 days, they must isolate themselves for 14 days from the date of leaving mainland China;
b) left or transited through Iran on or after 1 March, they must isolate themselves for 14 days after leaving Iran;
c) left or transited through the Republic of Korea, on or after 5 March, they must isolate themselves for 14 days after leaving the Republic of Korea;
d) left or transited through Italy, on or after 11 March, they must isolate themselves for 14 days after leaving Italy. People who left or transited through Italy prior to 11 March, should monitor symptoms and seek medical attention should they feel unwell; and
e) been informed by public health authorities that they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, they must isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case.
Students or staff who have been tested for COVID-19 should follow the advice of the Department of Health and stay away from school whilst awaiting results.
People with COVID-19 may experience:
· flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue; or
· shortness of breath.
The WA Chief Health Officer, Dr Andrew Robertson, has advised people should not go to be tested for COVID-19 to either COVID Clinics or GPs unless they are currently experiencing symptoms and meet the testing criteria.
To be eligible for testing people must:
· be currently experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough or sore throat AND have
· returned from overseas travel in the last 14 days
· OR be currently experiencing symptoms, and be a contact of a confirmed case
· OR be currently experiencing symptoms and believe they have been in close contact with a person infected with COVID-19.
For the latest health information and health related enquiries please visit WA Department of Health or access the helpline 1800 020 080.
Should you have any school related queries, please contact me.