Please see the below information from Mark McGowan today about education for all WA schools from Monday 18th May.
WA schools have now been back for almost three weeks. Over that time, we've seen a steady increase in attendance, with an average of 85.6% of students in attendance at WA public schools yesterday.
I'd like to thank all of our principals, teachers, school staff, cleaners, gardeners, parents, carers and students for making the return to school such a success so far.
At the start of term we opted for a ‘soft’ opening of WA public schools so parents who felt comfortable with their kids returning could do so but those who had concerns could choose to keep their kids home.
At that time, we flagged that WA school arrangements would be reassessed after three weeks. Today I'm able to provide an update that will apply to all WA schools going forward.
As of next Monday, 18 May, all Western Australian school students will be required to return to school.
This decision has the full support of all stakeholders in the education sector, and our health experts.
There are exceptions for students who are medically vulnerable or those who have a family member with chronic health issues, who will be assessed and can continue to learn from home and will be supported by their schools and the Department of Education.
But from Monday, students who remain away from school without good reason, will no longer be provided with learning packages and their absence will be marked as unauthorised.
Based on health advice, students in residential facilities will be now permitted to return home at weekends, at the discretion of the principal or manager.
Through the State Government’s $43 million additional investment, strict environmental cleaning throughout the school day, including high-touch surfaces and playground equipment will continue at public schools, as will reinforced hygiene measures.
Drop off and pick up arrangements that restrict parents and carers, and non-essential visitors, from entering school grounds remain in place.
Individual schools will provide further information to their parents and carers on how each school will manage these changes.
At this stage, certain activities such as assemblies, camps and inter-school events remain prohibited.
Going forward, any further changes for schools will be considered in line with the WA roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions in our State. As always, State Government decisions will be based on the best health advice.
Thank you again for your cooperation and understanding as we navigate this together.