Western Australian Government Schools Plan for Term 2

Fact sheet
Soft Term 2 opening for public schools
  1. Monday 27 April: Anzac Day Public Holiday
  2. Tuesday 28 April: All staff return to school for a pupil free day to finalise learning arrangements
  3. Wednesday 29 April:
    • Schools are open for all parents and carers who choose to send their children;
    • Year 11 and 12 students are strongly encouraged to attend school;
    • Students at school will be taught a face to face program and timetable;
    • For those students who learn from home, distance education packages and resources will be provided;
    • Where schools can provide on-line support and teaching for students at home, this will be implemented;
    • Where a school is unable to develop distance education packages and resources, these will be provided to the school by the Department;
    • For those students learning from home, contact by the school will be made each week by phone and/or on-line and feedback given on work package completion;
    • Parents and carers of children and young people with complex medical needs are encouraged to seek medical advice regarding attendance at school.
  4. With regard to safety, schools will implement the following:
    • Alternative arrangements as required for vulnerable employees as defined by the AHPPC;
    • Increased environmental cleaning throughout the day, including high touch surfaces and playground equipment;
    • Parents and visitors will drop students at the gate and not enter grounds;
    • Additional hygiene measures including encouraging handwashing;
    • School play equipment will be open and cleaned;
    • School swimming pools will remain closed;
    • Excursions, assemblies, camps and interschool activities will not be conducted;
    • Encouraging students to maintain 1.5m physical distancing when entering and leaving classrooms;
    • Canteens will provide take away services only.
  5. Schools can also implement staggered start, break and meal times to reduce contact, as well as closing or practising social distancing in common areas and staff rooms. Schools can also combine year groups and classes as appropriate and use alternative locations within the school boundaries to deliver classes.
  6. There will be a review of these arrangements in the lead up to week 4 and any adjustments will be made based on health advice and infection trends across the community. Schools will maintain good communication with parents providing up to date information about arrangements.
  7. Where there is a localised positive COVID-19 case in a school the existing health protocols apply which includes closing and deep cleaning of the school. The school will reopen once this has occurred and quarantine and self-isolation protocols will be implemented for any close contacts identified through Health Department contact tracing.

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Page reviewed 1 May 2020
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