Easing of public health measures in schools for Term 2

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Parents will be allowed back on Western Australian school sites and some in-school events and assemblies will be permitted.

Restrictions at Western Australian schools will be eased for the start of Term 2, in-line with the latest health advice.

Additionally, one million more Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) will be distributed to public and non-government schools to use where required.

WA’s easing of public health measures for schools include:

  • Parents allowed on school sites for
    • outside school pick-up and drop-off
    • face to face parent-teacher meetings,
    • attending year group assemblies,
    • volunteering in roles outside of classrooms e.g. canteen, and uniform shop
    • attending infrequent special events (in line with community venue capacity and density limits);
  • In-school special events bigger than a class size can be held with masks and physical distancing;
  • Single year-group assemblies can be held in line with mask requirements;
  • Parents and carers can visit boarding schools and other residential facilities, with proof of vaccination (if required), mask wearing and physical distancing;
  • Parents are allowed to spectate at indoor and outdoor sporting events, performances and other interschool events with masks and physical distancing; and
  • Gatherings of parents/carers can occur (e.g. P&Cs) with mask wearing.

Parents and carers attending school sites must wear a mask and physically distancing where possible.

Critical worker protocols and mask-wearing requirements for students in Year 3 and above at public indoor settings remain unchanged.

School camps remain postponed due to the COVID-19 transmission and disruption to learning risks. The School Camps COVID-19 Assistance Package is continuing to support school camp operators, and encourage public schools to undertake day camps.

In response to changing circumstances, the Chief Health Officer has also reduced schools’ role in contact tracing and reporting. Effective immediately, schools are only required to identify close contacts within their school.  

Page reviewed 7 April 2022