COVID-19 Updates

Port School is committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of all staff,
ancillary workers, students and their families, contractors,
visitors and community members.
Updates on COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines which impact the
Port School Community will be posted to this website page.
24 November 2022
COVID-19 Guidelines and FAQ's

Keeping schools open so they may provide face-to-face learning to students is very important.  The following guidelines have been developed for schools.

TESTING POSITIVE TO COVID-19
  • Staff and students should stay home until symptoms have resolved. The infectious period for COVID-19 varies. A minimum of 5 days is a useful guide, but it can be 10 days or longer.
  • Register a positive RAT test through the Department of Health website.
  • If you must leave the house, wear a mask when indoors and on public transport.
  • Avoid large gatherings and indoor crowded places.

COVID-19 positive cases and close contacts cannot visit public hospitals for 7 days. Other rules may apply to high-risk settings including private hospitals, aged care and disability care facilities. Each facility can determine their own isolation requirements and these must be adhered to.

CLOSE CONTACTS
  • A close contact is a household or household-like contact, or intimate partner of a person with COVID-19 who has had contact with them during their infectious period.
  • Isolation for close contacts is no longer mandated, but staff and students who are close contacts are encouraged to test for COVID-19 daily for 5 days and only attend school following a negative RAT result.
  • Close contacts may chose to wear a mask.
STUDENTS ON WORK PLACEMENTS
  • Students on work placements must adhere to all requirements of the specific workplace which may include vaccination, isolation and mask-wearing requirements.
HEALTH & HYGIENE
  • Everyone has a responsibility to protect themselves and others. This is achieved by following good hygiene principles and practices including:
  • Staff and students staying home when unwell.
  • Mouth and nose being covered when coughing and sneezing, using a flexed elbow or tissue and disposing of tissues appropriately.
  • Washing hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub, including prior to meal breaks.

Thank you for your continued support in keeping Port School COVID-19 safe.

17 October 2022
Change to Public Health Measures as of 14 October 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

COVID-19 mandatory isolation requirements have now been removed effective from Friday, 14 October 2022. We have been working closely with the Association of Independent Schools of WA (AISWA), who have been liaising with the Department of Health, to determine what the changes mean for you and your child/children, as we learn to live with COVID-19.

Anyone who is unwell is encouraged to take a RAT and stay home until symptoms resolve. Please contact the School if your child is absent due to illness.

Anyone testing COVID-19 positive is encouraged to stay home until symptoms resolve, and should register their positive RAT with the WA Health Department. Anyone who is a close contact is encouraged to test daily for 5 days and to only attend school following a negative RAT result. Mask wearing is also strongly encouraged during this time. Further RAT’s are available for collection from the School.

Students and staff can wear a mask at school if they choose. Students who are on work placements and/or work experience, are required to adhere to the requirements of that workplace.

You can visit healthywa.wa.gov.au for up-to-date COVID-19 related support and advice.

Please contact the School on 9335 6323 if you have any queries about COVID-19 safe measures at Port, or if you would like to collect additional RATs.

Thank you for your continued support and for helping to keep Port School COVID-19 safe.

Kind Regards,

Barry Finch
Principal

17 October 2022

9 September 2022
COVID-19 Safe Measures
(08) 9335 6323