COVID-19 Update

The information on this page will be updated regularly to reflect the changing circumstances and all School families will be notified when significant changes are to be implemented.

As a School, the safety and wellbeing of our students, their families, staff, and wider community remain our highest priority. The School will continue to follow the directions of the Health and Education Departments. The following guidelines are in place and effective from 18 July 2022. The current Department of Health and Department of education requirements for Schools is available here.

COVID-19 protocols
The advice for 
Western Australia is to:

  • Current Department of Health advice is to get tested if you have been to an exposure location or feel unwell. Should you return a positive PCR or RAT test, please email covid@bcgs.wa.edu.au
  • Locations of testing clinics and times can be found on the Healthy WA website here.
  • The School will continue to encourage personal responsibility to protect the safety and health of all students, their families, staff – particularly to reduce the risks to vulnerable populations in the School and wider community. This is achieved by good hygiene practices including:
    • encouraging physical distancing
    • mask wearing where physical distancing is not possible
    • avoiding unnecessary physical contact such as handshakes
    • covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
    • washing hands regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub
    • providing sufficient supplies of soap and cleaning agents across the school
    • visible messaging regarding these protocols is in place across the campus, and
    • COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters for those who are eligible.

Close contact definitions and testing and isolation protocols

A Close Contact is defined as:

  • a household member or intimate partner of a person with COVID-19 who has had contact with them during their infectious period,
  • someone who has had close personal interaction with a person with COVID-19 during their infectious period, where they spent 4 hours of cumulative contact with them in a residential setting (including a home, residential care facility, boarding school, or other accommodation facility) in any 24-hour period where masks have been removed by both people during the period of contact
  • someone who is informed by WA Health that they are a close contact.

Infectious Period

The infectious period is taken from 48 hours before onset of symptoms, or 48 hours before the positive test result if they do not have symptoms, until the end of their isolation period.

You have Tested Positive

  • You must immediately isolate for 7 complete days at home or other suitable accommodation.
  • Register your positive RAT online.
  • Tell your close contacts that you have tested positive for COVID-19 as soon as you can.
  • Where staff or students have tested positive, email covid@bcgs.wa.edu.au to advise of the positive test and the date thereof.

Refer to the Healthy WA testing and isolation protocols  for details on testing and isolation requirements for students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 or been identified as a close contact.

You have COVID Symptoms

Take a PCR test or RAT as soon as possible.

  • If positive, follow the guidelines above.
  • If negative, do not attend employment or an educational institution while symptoms are still present. Continue to test regularly whilst symptoms persists.

You are a close contact

Take a PCR test or RAT within 24 hours of becoming a close contact.

  • If positive, follow the guidelines above.

Close contacts who do not have symptoms, may leave the home during the 7-day isolation period provided that:

  • you have obtained a negative result from a rapid antigen test undertaken on each day you plan to leave isolation. Students are required to return daily negative result to a RAT prior to attending School during the 7-day isolation period.
  • avoid high-risk settings, non-essential gatherings and contact with people at risk of severe illness.

Please note that the guidelines for asymptomatic close contacts who work in high-risk settings are different to the above.

Close contacts who do have symptoms must isolate until symptoms resolve and undertake a daily RAT. Once symptoms have resolved, follow the protocols for close contacts who are asymptomatic for the balance of the 7-day isolation period.

Where staff or students are deemed to be close contacts, email covid@bcgs.wa.edu.au to advise of the date of contact and whether symptomatic or not.

Refer to HealthyWA COVID-19 close contacts for complete guidelines.

Masks

While the indoor mask mandate is no longer in place, where physical distancing is not possible, masks are strongly recommended to protect staff, students, and their families. The School will support any Staff and Students who choose to wear a mask at any time.

Masks are required for staff and students (Year 7 and over) in the following situations:

  • When on public transport, passenger transport (including school bus services, school owned and chartered vehicles) and ride-share
  • If identified as an asymptomatic close contact when attending school
  • In remote Aboriginal communities where a mask is required.

Attending Campus
Please do not attend the campus if you:

  1. have a current COVID-19 diagnosis; or
  2. have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results; or
  3. are unwell in any way, including elevated temperature and/or flu or cold like symptoms.

School Attendance

Schools are open for face-to-face learning which is vital for students’ learning, social and emotional development, and physical and mental wellbeing.

The School will provide learning resources for students who are required to isolate under COVID-19 testing and isolation protocols and ensure that documented plans for immunocompromised students are managed in accordance with their needs and supported accordingly.

Visitors

The School continues to require that Visitors sign-in at the Primary or Secondary Administration as per the School’s Visitors Policy and comply with COVID-19 safe practices and expectations.

Cleaning Regimes

In accordance with the current health advice from the Department of Health, the following cleaning routines will be in place:

  • Daily cleaning of high touch surfaces, such as classrooms, meetings rooms, toilets and change-rooms.
  • Surface sprays and cleaning kits are available in each classroom for users of these spaces.
  • Hand sanitiser is available in each classroom, all receptions areas, staff rooms, and all shared spaces. Students will be encouraged to use regularly.
  • Play equipment will be cleaned weekly.
  • Water fountains will be cleaned daily. We encourage students to bring their water bottles to School and use the water bottle refill stations, rather than drinking directly from the water bubblers.
  • Students are encouraged to clean their computer keyboards once a day.
  • High use equipment (sport gear) will be cleaned after each use.

Ventilation and Air Purifiers
An audit of classroom and ancillary spaces throughout the School, has revealed that most indoor spaces on campus are able to be naturally ventilated. Current advice is that maximising fresh air and natural ventilation helps minimise the spread of COVID-19. Air conditioners will be used to facilitate good air flow.

Staff utilise outdoor learning spaces, where weather is suitable, and the environment is conducive to the education program.

Camps/Excursions/Incursions

Camps are now permitted to proceed. Families will be updated with new dates and information. Details can also be found on the School Community Calendar or on the Camps Page.

Vaccines

The State and Federal Governments are urging communities to get vaccinated as an important measure to keep Western Australia safe and healthy, and to help protect individuals, families, colleagues, and the wider community. While there is no current requirement for students to be vaccinated, in the interests of the safety and health of all our students, staff and wider community, it is our preference and our strong recommendation that all eligible students are vaccinated.

More information about clinic locations can be found on the HealthyWA website.

If you have any questions or safety concerns about vaccinating your child, please visit the HealthyWA website or consult your general practitioner.

Boarding

  • Single occupancy of rooms in Boarding units where available and practicable.
  • Hygiene, handwashing, and hand sanitiser protocols are posted in all units and are regularly reiterated with students and staff.
  • COVID-19 vaccinations are encouraged for all eligible Boarding students.

All visitors to the School, parents attending Boarding, for purposes other than drop off or collection of students, need to register their attendance on campus and follow COVID-19 safe practices and expectations for visitors.

The School Nurse attends Boarding between 7:30 and 8:00am each day. Any students who are unwell and exhibiting COVID-like symptoms will be managed in accordance with the School’s procedures on infection in Boarding and prevailing COVID-19 protocols.

Important contact details

Students Services: Please report all absences (part/whole day) with reason to student services
(08) 9722 6000 Email: administration@bcgs.wa.edu.au

Head of School: Please report immediately any contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case
(08) 9722 6006 Email: covid@bcgs.wa.edu.au

Important Links

WA Cross-sectoral letter to parents and carers

Australian Government Department of Health – COVID-19 Health Alert

Australian Government Department of Health

Government of Western Australia Department of Health – COVID-19 Updates

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Smartraveller – COVID-19 Travel warnings

WA Department of Education COVID-19 information for Schools

Telethon Kids Institute- discussing corona virus with your kids

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