As a school community we must look after ourselves and loved ones and apply common sense, give factual information and have a practical approach to COVID-19. The school has produced our Coronavirus Plan which is available by clicking the link below. There is also a 'Recent News Article' containing a link on the Home page.
Below you will find some relevant and helpful links for information and advice regarding the current situation. This will be kept as current as possible.
Phase 3 Guidelines
Letter from Chief Health Officer, Dr Andy Robertson 28th April 2020
Term 2 Parent Information Letter
Letter from the Minister for Education and Training - 27th March 2020
Wongan Hills DHS Coronavirus Plan
Learning at Home - Department of Education website
Department of Health - Coronavirus site
Prime Ministers Latest Statement - 24th March 2020
Thursday 26th March 2020
Following the announcement by the Premier Mark McGowan and Education Minister Sue Ellery (see link above), Wongan Hills DHS will be undertaking the following;
Week 9 – Students who attend school will be taught at school by staff however parents who can safely keep their children at home are strongly encouraged to do so
Week 10 – Students will be provided supervision only, not teaching, and this is only for those students whose parents need their children to be at school because they have to work or are in vulnerable circumstances
- Following the survey of parents and caregivers that was done in Week 7, where 70% wanted a paper form of student work packages, the students who are in attendance tomorrow, including bus students will receive these packages tomorrow afternoon.
- Work packages for bus students currently not attending school will still be given to bus drivers for parent and caregivers to collect at bus stops tomorrow.
- Work packages for ALL other students will be available for parents to collect on Monday, 30th March 2020 between 8.30am and 3.30pm.
- Pre Primary packs will be available from the Early Childhood Centre (PP building)
- All other packs will be at the front office.
- PLEASE adhere to SOCIAL DISTANCING rules when coming into the front office. Only 2 parents in the office foyer at one time.
- We ask where if there is a crowd to please leave via the corridor doors to avoid crowding and contact with others
- The school will be utilising Facebook, Skoolbag App and the school website to inform Parents/Caregivers and the community of any developments.
The following information still applies
As of Sunday 22nd March the Prime Minister announced that there are currently no plans to close schools, however, this may change at any time.
Reactive closure (Temporary)
This will be due to a confirmed case within our school. If the school is to close due to a confirmed case, it will be on advice from the WA Health Department’s Chief Health Officer
The Chief Health Officer will, if there has been a positive COVID-19 test result in our school, close the school temporarily while assessment and tracing of exposure is conducted. A thorough school clean will then be carried out to make the school safe for the return of students and staff.
Pre-emptive closure (prolonged)
Should the Australian Government, on advice from the Chief Health Officer, make the decision to close schools, the process detailed following will be put in place.
Procedures for whether staff and students are at school or not at time of closure will follow the same format
- Notice provided to Principal by Department of Education of requirement to close.
- Convene and brief school response team consisting of various members of staff and School Council Chair.
- Issue letter via email, Facebook and Skoolbag informing parents of dates of closure.
- Brief staff/contact staff including action to be taken before and after school closure; health and safety, stand down and leave arrangements.
- Use school communication strategies to brief absent staff, parents and students.
- Inform School Council and P&C members of school closure
- Convene/notify crisis support staff e.g. School Psychologist, Chaplain etc.
- Communicate closure to local schools
- Communicate with schools where there are siblings attending and advise of closure
- Communicate closure to Day-care/Childcare/local organisations eg Shire
- CLOSE SCHOOL
- Signage to be posted on exterior of school
- Implement school closure procedures – eg locking up of all buildings/equipment
- Postpone all known visitors and excursions
- Implement offsite learning programs
- Maintain contact with staff parents and students. All teaching staff to be provided with contact details of each of their students. Also use of Facebook, Skoolbag and email.
- Ensure staff contact details are made available if working offsite.
- Distribute update communication as required by the Department of Education or Department of Health to parents and staff.
- Notify school community when confirmation of the date the school can re-open is known.
- The Department of Education will facilitate cleaning of the school prior to opening.
- RE-OPEN SCHOOL
- Maintain off-site learning programs for any students still required to self-isolate.
As a school we have had constant information from the Education and Health departments to make sure that we are doing our best to maintain high hygiene standard and cater for our staff and students.