COVID 19

At Walkaway Primary School we are prepared and are working hard, as always, to provide the best opportunities, striving for positive outcomes for our students. Below you will find the most up-to-date information about the steps we are taking to keep all at Walkaway safe. This page was last updated Wednesday 3rd February 2021.

WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT CORONAVIRUS?

Along with the steps below, we will be following the latest AHPPC (Australian Health Protection Principal Committee) Guidelines (click for the link) on reducing the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools.

As always, our students' health and wellbeing is of paramount importance and the focus of the processes and strategies we put in place to keep them safe. These strategies and processes have been a focus for our school over the past weeks and/or are being added recently based on more up to date information:

  • Explicitly teaching and reinforcing hygiene procedures – coughing, sneezing into elbow/tissue, cleaning hands.

  • Encouraging Social distancing – although challenging with students so young

  • Hourly to two hourly cleaning of the environment ensuring all surfaces are sanitised including the wiping of frequently touched surfaces such as desks, light switches periodically throughout the day

  • Leaving chairs unstacked so they can be sanitised daily

  • Students will not be drinking from the water fountains. Please make sure they have a water bottle that can be filled throughout the day.

 

WE ALL PLAY OUR PART

Please help us by reminding your children at home of the following guidelines:

  • Frequently washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or using an alcohol-based hand gel

  • Refraining from touching mouth and nose

  • If coughing or sneezing, covering your nose and mouth with a paper tissue or flexed elbow.

  • Dispose of the tissue immediately after use and perform hand hygiene and

  • Avoiding close contact with anyone if you, or they, have a cold or flu-like symptoms (maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres).

 

SHOULD MY CHILD ATTEND SCHOOL? 

Yes. We are not in the current lockdown zone of Perth, Peel and the South West. If your child/ren are unwell, please keep them at home and seek medical help if required.

AM I ABLE TO COME ON SITE?

As of Monday 8th June 2020, parents are allowed onsite for student drop off and pick up. Contact sports are allowed.

Advice for Parents on Returning to Schools from Chief Health Officer

MASS GATHERINGS

At this stage, our school events will go ahead as planned. Please refer to our Term Planner for upcoming events.

COVID-19 symptoms

People with COVID-19 may experience:

  • fever;

  • flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue; or

  • shortness of breath.

For the latest health information and health related enquiries please visit WA Department of Health or access the helpline 1800 020 080.

COVID-19 testing

The WA Chief Health Officer, Dr Andrew Robertson, has advised people are encouraged to get tested by their GPs if they are currently experiencing symptoms and meet the testing criteria.

To be eligible for testing people must:

  • be currently experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough or sore throat

  • OR be currently experiencing symptoms, and be a contact of a confirmed case

  • OR be currently experiencing symptoms and believe they have been in close contact with a person infected with COVID-19.

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In 2021 enrolments were approximately 66 students. Generally our enrolments remain steady with approx. 10 new kindy students each year.

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