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COVID-19 Update

Health authorities across the nation continue to respond to the emergence of the COVID-19. 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 continues to be informed by the advice of the Departments of Health, and Education and Training, and will operate in accordance with their recommendations.

The links and information are provided to enable parents and guardians to be fully across what is happening within our School, and who to reach out to when you are uncertain of what it is you, or your child, should do. If you have any queries not answered below, please direct them to the Head of School.

South West Region – Phase 4 Continues 

In accordance with the announcement by Premier Mark McGowan on 29 April 2021, the restrictions for the Perth and Peel regions will ease on Saturday, 1 May 2021, with some transitional restrictions in place until Saturday, 8 May. The South West region will remain in Phase 4 restrictions on Friday, 5 February 2021.

We request that parents and students continue to follow the current advice from the State Government (Transitional Restrictions) in relation to any travel that occurred in the Perth or Peel region from April 17, 2021. This include travel that is planned for the coming week. 

Restrictions, isolation, and quarantine 

Families should advise the Head of Primary (Mr Rob Whirledge) or Head of Secondary (Mrs Kathy Chieraif your child will not be attending School because of one of following: 

  • You have a high risk or vulnerable family member and are choosing to self-isolate as a precaution 
  • If you or a household member has attended a high risk “public exposure site” location listed as requiring 14-days quarantine (red on the WA Health list potential exposure locations). A reminder that the Department of Health directive is you must get tested and complete the full 14-days self-quarantine, regardless of your test result.  
  • If you or a household member has attended any of the other exposure location requiring testing only (black on the WA Health list potential exposure locations). A reminder that the Department of Health directive is you must be tested, and you must remain at home until you receive a negative result. 
  • If a household member has developed COVID-19 symptoms and has been tested, you must self-isolate whilst awaiting the test result. 

Normal absentee notifications processes are in place for all other students, including the website, and phone line 9722 6000 (Secondary) or 9722 6104 (Primary). 

COVID-19 updated protocols 
The adjusted COVID-19 protocols for our School will remain in place for the coming week (3-7 May 2021). 

As directed by the WA department of Health, any adult or Secondary aged student who has visited the Perth/Peel regions since 17 April 2021 must wear a mask at all times in public (including at School) until Saturday 8 May, or as directed by the Department of Health. Primary aged students are exempt from this requirement. Staff and students may optionally wear a mask for their own protection. This restriction can be eased when in outdoor areas where physical distancing can take place. 

We will maintain a cautious approach, reducing the numbers of visitors on campus and request that parents restrict their time on campus.  Secondary parents should continue to drop students at the Northern carpark drop-off area, and parents of younger Primary students drop-off and pick up their child at the classroom door rather than enter the learning space.  

Contractors on campus will be restricted to those only providing essential support. We have already implemented our Passtab system, which requires all visitors who attend the School to log in, providing us with the required comprehensive record of who has attended our site. We encourage all visitors to additionally use the SAFE WA App to sign in using the QR codes at all service locations around the campus. 

The advice of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) continues to be that, in order to avoid outbreaks, we should continue to follow the advice around physical distancing and practice good personal and environmental hygiene. Should an outbreak occur the School will follow the advice of the WA Health and Education Departments.

The School and its staff will encourage physical distancing and the use of good personal hygiene to protect the safety and health of our staff and students and their families; particularly to reduce the risks to vulnerable populations in the School and wider community.

Attending Campus
In addition to the requirements above, we request that you do not attend the campus if you:

  1. have travelled outside of Western Australia in the previous 14 days, having regard to the controlled border arrangements in place. WA is in a safe and sensible controlled border arrangement which is updated based on public health advice, which can be accessed here; or
  2. have had contact with any person suspected of having or being diagnosed with COVID-19 in the previous 14 days; or
  3. have a current COVID-19 diagnosis; or
  4. have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results;
  5. have attended one of the locations visited by the confirmed case in Perth, a list of which is available on the Department of Health’s website; or
  6. are unwell in any way, including elevated temperature and/or flu or cold like symptoms.

Visitors

  • In accordance with the School’s usual policy around visitors on campus, all visitors are required to present at the Primary or Secondary administration offices to sign-in.
  • SafeWA QR Codes are located in convenient locations across campus; however all visitors must report to Primary or Secondary Administration in the first instance.
  • Visitor sign in is essential as it may be required by the Department of Health for contact tracing and is part of the School’s safeguarding protocols.
  • Visitors attending campus outside usual school hours for sporting fixtures will be asked to provide a register of their participants and adhere to any requirements in place by the respective sporting club’s COVID rules. The SafeWA QR code is available at these areas.

Assemblies and Chapel
Assemblies and Chapel services can occur, with adult visitors and staff required to adhere to the one person per 2m2 rule. All School events that required the gathering of a significant number of community members will be risk assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Cleaning Regimes
It is good practice to routinely clean surfaces. The School has a regular cleaning regime in place across the campus that includes the daily weekday cleaning of the toilet blocks and playground equipment, and daily cleaning for Boarding. Surface sprays and cleaning kits are available in each classroom for use by users of these spaces.

Hand sanitiser is available in each classroom, all receptions areas, staff rooms, and all shared spaces.

Hygiene
The School continues to emphasise personal responsibility for good hygiene practices as a protection against infection and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and indeed any other surface borne illnesses.

Camps/Excursions/Incursions
School excursions, which are necessary to achieve a curriculum intention, will follow the Department of Education Guidelines around School Camps.

COVIDSafe APP
We are encouraging, but not mandating, the use of the COVIDSafe tracing app by all adults on campus. SafeWA QR codes are available in key locations around the campus.

Ongoing Measures – For Students

If a student is unwell, they should not attend school. If children or young people at school experience symptoms compatible with COVID-19 (fever, cough or sore throat) they will be isolated in an appropriate space with suitable supervision, and their parent/carer will be contacted to collect the student as soon as possible. Parents are expected not to send their son or daughter to School if the student is unwell and should be kept at home until they have recovered.

Parents are encouraged to view the Department of Health COVID symptom checker document: Download the document 

Ongoing Measures – For Staff

Staff who are unwell, should not attend School. If a member of staff experience symptoms compatible with COVID-19 (fever, cough, or sore throat) they will be appropriately isolated. Following a medical fit for work assessment by the School Nurse and deemed not fit for work, they will be asked to go home to recover. [POL-281]

Ongoing Measures – For Boarding

  • Single occupancy of rooms in Boarding units where available and practicable.

Boarding Dining room

  •  Boarders and Boarding staff will be limited to five diners per table.

Hygiene and Cleaning

  • Hygiene, handwashing, and hand sanitiser protocols are posted in all units and are regularly reiterated with students and staff.

Visitors to Boarding
All visitors will be met by the Residential staff so that they are able to sign in. This will not apply to parents/carers/guardians dropping off and collecting students.

A SafeWA QR code is available at the Boarding Office. Please note that this an additional measure, as the School is required to maintain its own visitor register.

Health and Safety Precautions

  • The School Nurse attends in Boarding between 8:00am and 8:30am each day. Any students who are unwell and exhibiting flu-like symptoms will be managed in accordance with the School’s policy on infection in Boarding.

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: headofschool@bcgs.wa.edu.au

Important Links

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 School Update

Telethon Kids Institute- discussing corona virus with your kids

SEQTA Engage (for parents)
(if you have not activated your account, please email the School Administration to activate your account.