COVID-19 UPDATES

COVID-19 UPDATES

COVID Update 29 June 2021 - Lockdown & Schools Open

Dear Parents and Carers

You most likely would have seen Premier Mark McGowan’s press conference this evening regarding the Perth and Peel region going into a 4 day lock down at 12.01am.

  • Schools and day care centres will remain open.
  • Parents may choose to keep their children at home, as with the previous lockdowns.
  • Masks are required to be worn by adults when dropping off or collecting students or when on the school site.
  • Please continue to sign in using the SafeWA app.

As many of the exposure sites are in our school’s vicinity, the following additional measures will be in place:

  • All non-essential meetings will be cancelled.  Families who have a meeting arranged to meet with any staff should call the school office to clarify whether the meeting will go ahead.
  • All after school activities will be cancelled.
  • Uniform Drive tomorrow will be postponed to next term.
  • Parents and carers on any roster will need to reschedule for next term.
  • For drop off and pick up, please either utilise the school drive throughs or kiss and drop/collect at the classroom door.  Only staff will be permitted to enter classrooms.
  • Dance retreat will be postponed until next term.
  • Friday’s 3W assembly will be postponed.

Best wishes and take care

Mark Marando

Principal

 

COVID Update 27 June 2021 - Mandatory Masks for Staff & Visitors

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope you are enjoying the weekend and staying safe. Earlier today WA Minister for Health, Roger Cook announced COVID-19 restrictions are now in place for the Perth and Peel regions for a minimum of three days effective from midday today. In particular, mask wearing is mandatory indoors, on public transport, and outdoors where physical distancing is not possible.

With the above restrictions in mind, the following requirements will be in place at Whitford Catholic Primary School:

• Students in Kindergarten to Year 6 are not required to wear a mask.
• All staff members are required to wear a mask whilst indoors when at school and on public transport. Masks are also to be worn outdoors if physical distancing is not possible. This applies to classrooms, all teaching areas, the library and staff room. However, when teachers, educators and carers are teaching, interacting or caring for children, they are permitted to remove their masks if they interfere with their ability to clearly communicate with students.
• Parents, caregivers and visitors to school must wear a mask and adhere to COVID-safe guidelines while they are indoors on a school site. If parents, caregivers and visitors are outdoors on a school site, masks must be worn if physical distancing is not possible.
• Every adult entering the school grounds, including drop off and pick up, must sign in using the Safe WA app. QR codes are available throughout the school. If you cannot use the SafeWA app, please sign in using the manual register in the office.
• Classes from Pre-Primary to Year 6 open their doors at 8.30am.
• Every adult, including staff, that enters the school must sanitise hands using the sanitiser stations based around the school (these will also be available to students throughout the school day).
• A 150-person limit – and the two square metre capacity rule applies to indoor school facilities such as the gym.
• Pre Primary students may be dropped off at the classroom or on Barradine Way from 8.30am.
• Kindy doors open at 8.45am. Parents and carers are welcome to stay until 9.00am, however, please note that only 10 parents/carers may be in the classroom at a time wearing a mask. Please be aware of all families wishing to spend time in the classroom and share this time accordingly.
• Parents/Carers of all year levels may enter the classrooms wearing a mask. There is a limit of 10 parents/carers per class. If more than 10 parents/carers wish to enter the classroom, again please share this time accordingly.
• Outdoor afterschool sports training and activities may proceed subject to the 150-person limit being observed. If outdoors, spectators are required to wear masks where physical distancing is not possible.
• Little Buckets Out of School Hours Care will operate as normal. Please contact them directly on 0401 378 751 for bookings.
• As per school policy, we request that children be kept at home if unwell.

COVID-19 EXPOSURE SITES AND LATEST HEALTH INFORMATION
Please note the exposure sites in the link below and follow any directions given based on locations you may have visited.
• The Western Australian Department of Health is the lead agency in Western Australia (WA) and monitors the COVID-19 situation in WA – including updates on COVID-19 exposure sites.
• For the latest health information and any health-related enquiries, please refer to the Western Australian Department of Health website or access the helpline on 1800 020 080.
Take care and best wishes
Mark Marando

COVID Update 5th May 2021 - Public Exposure Sites

The Department of Health has today issued new advice in relation to public exposure sites, including arrangements for testing and quarantine:

Public exposure sites - Close contact sites:

Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days.

Public exposure sites – Casual contact sites:

Get tested immediately and self-isolate until you get a negative result.

Public exposure sites – Monitor sites:

If symptoms develop, get tested and self-isolate until you get a negative result.

To view the full list of exposure sites, many of which are in our locality, please visit https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/covid-communications/covid-19-coronavirus-locations-visited-confirmed-cases

12th February 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope your children have enjoyed their first week back at school.

Below please find some important updates for next week:

 

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES

As per the Premier’s announcement this morning, a range of post-lockdown restrictions will be lifted from this Sunday, 14th February.

 

The two main differences affecting WCPS are:

  • face masks will no longer be required
  • external extracurricular and support programs will commence from next week

 

Please note that the following safety measures are still in place at Whitford Catholic:

  • Visitors must sanitise hands and sign in using the Safe WA app.
  • Restrictions to the number of visitors entering school buildings will still be in place. Parents should not enter classrooms.
  • Visitors to the school will be encouraged to practise safe social distancing.
  • Drink fountains remain closed so please remember to pack your child’s water bottle each day
  • The school will promote the CEWA Safe Hands initiative across the school. Children are encouraged and are given time to wash their hands regularly throughout the day.
  • Canteen orders remain online and for lunch only. We are unable to accept cash orders.
  • As per school policy, we request that children be kept at home if unwell.
  • If you or your children have visited the identified high-risk regions, are unwell or have symptoms, it is important that you have a COVID test and do not attend school until you receive your negative result.

 

DROP OFF & PICK UP

To make our drive-through drop off and pick up systems more efficient and safe for our children, parents are asked the following:

 

Please do not park in the bays that are in the drive-through system at the front of the school or on Barradine Way, either before or after school.

If you need to park to drop off or pick up your child, please use the main carpark, parish carpark, oval carpark, courts or legal street parking.

 

A reminder of the drop off and pick up guidelines are below:

 

Pre-Kindy:

Children should be brought to and picked up from the classroom door by one parent/carer. Parents are asked not to arrive at the Pre-Kindy room before 8:45am.

 

Kindergarten:

Kindy students can be brought to their classroom by one parent/carer from 8.20am – 8.45am with kiss and go in place. Parents are asked to park and collect their Kindy child from the classroom at 2.45pm.

 

Pre-Primary:

We encourage parents to use the drop off arrangements at Barradine Way as per the School Stream message sent by teachers today.

 

Years 1 – 6:

We encourage all students to use their designated drive through areas for both drop off and pick up. If you feel you need to walk your child to their classroom, one parent/carer may drop them to their classroom door where they will be greeted by a staff member. Due to COVID restrictions, parents will be unable to enter the classrooms.

 

31st January 2021

As per the announcement made today by WA Premier, Mark McGowan, Perth begins a COVID lockdown at 6pm this evening. This means that all schools, including Whitford Catholic Primary School, will be closed to staff and students this week. This will be viewed as an extension of the school holidays and no schoolwork is expected to be completed during this time. Teachers will be using this time to prepare for remote learning in case the lockdown continues beyond one week. We anticipate that the first day of school will be Monday 8th February but we will keep families up to date with any changes. If you have concerns about your child during this time, please email admin@wcps.wa.edu.au.

 

 

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