Whole School News: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As the lead agency in Western Australia, the WA Department of Health is monitoring the situation and we are acting on their advice.  While the Department of Health advises that the risk of transmission in WA remains low; the current focus is on preparation in advance of COVID-19 and precautions that can be put in place to slow its transmission.

It is important that as a school community we apply a common sense, factual and practical approach to COVID-19.

Western Australians should remain alert, but not be alarmed.


Attendance at school

Who cannot attend school

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 in the last 14 days, they must isolate themselves for 14 days from the date of leaving Italy;
  • 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.

The above also applies to all parents/carers, contractors, visitors and volunteers on school sites.

Parents/carers and staff should notify their school or line manager if the student or staff member will be away for the isolation period and confirm the date in which they were last in mainland China, Iran, the Republic of Korea or Italy, or have been advised by the Department of Health to isolate.

A medical certificate is not required to return to school.

Who can attend school

Students or staff who have travelled to or transited through other countries (excluding China, Iran, Republic of Korea and Italy) can attend school.  If students or staff display symptoms (see information below) they should not attend school and seek medical advice.

All returned travellers who have travelled in or transited through “higher risk” countries or a country considered to pose a “moderate risk” of transmission in the last 14 days should self-monitor for symptoms and immediately isolate themselves if they become unwell.

Higher Risk Moderate Risk
Must isolate for 14 days prior to attending Can attend school, but self-monitor
Mainland China All other countries
Republic of Korea


COVID-19 symptoms

Most people infected with COVID-19 experience mild symptoms and recover. However, some go on to experience more serious illness and may require hospital care.  Risk of serious illness rises with age: people over 40 seem to be more vulnerable than those under 40.  People with weakened immune systems and people with conditions such as diabetes, heart and lung disease are also more vulnerable to serious illness.

People with COVID-19 may experience:

  • * fever;
  • * flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue; or
  • * shortness of breath

How can I protect myself and others against 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 and
  • * Avoiding close contact with anyone if you, or they, have a cold or flu-like symptoms (maintain a distance of at least 1 metre).