Earlier today WA Minister for Health Roger Cook announced COVID-19 restrictions are now in place for the Perth and Peel regions for a minimum of three days effective from 12pm (midday) today. In particular, mask wearing is mandatory indoors, on public transport, and outdoors where physical distancing is not possible.
ARRANGEMENTS FOR PERTH AND PEEL REGION SCHOOLS
- All staff members and students in Years 7 to 12 in the Perth and Peel regions are required to wear a mask whilst indoors when at school and on public transport. Masks are also to be worn outdoors if physical distancing is not possible. This applies to classrooms, all teaching areas and libraries and staffrooms. However, when teachers, educators and carers are teaching, interacting or caring for children, they are permitted to remove their masks if they interfere with their ability to clearly communicate with students.
- Secondary – Secondary students will need to be seated when eating at recess and lunch when masks are removed. Masks must be worn through out recess and lunch breaks when students have finished eating or drinking.
- Students in Kindergarten to Year 6 in the Perth and Peel region are not required to wear a mask, but their teachers and support staff must wear masks.
- Common sense should apply regarding the colour and markings on masks, with staff and students asked not to wear masks that may contain inappropriate markings or designs.
Parents, caregivers and visitors on school premises
- Parents, caregivers and visitors to schools in the Perth and Peel regions must wear a mask and adhere to COVID-safe guidelines while they are indoors on a school site. If parents, caregivers and visitors are outdoors on a school site, masks must be worn if physical distancing is not possible.
Due to the uncertainty of the new COVID-19 restrictions the following events have been postponed to the beginning of the Winter Term:
- NATSI Mass to celebrate the beginning of NAIDOC Week;
- Middle and Senior School Athletics Carnival;
- House Assemblies; and
- Autumn Term Assembly.
The NAIDOC Special Menu for this week will still be available at the College Cafe. The sausage sizzle will proceed on Tuesday 29 June 2021 outside the café and will be available to Junior, Middle and Senior School students on a first come – first served basis for a cost of $2.00.
Further details about the rescheduled events will be forwarded to staff and parents early this week.
COVID-19 EXPOSURE SITES
The Western Australian Department of Health is the lead agency in Western Australia (WA) and monitors the COVID-19 situation in WA – including updates on COVID-19 exposure sites.
For the latest health information and any health-related enquiries, please refer to the Western Australian Department of Health website or access the helpline on 1800 020 080.
Ms Julie Hornby