Dear Parents and Caregivers,
On Saturday, 1 May 2021 Premier Mark McGowan advised that there had been three new cases of community transmission of COVID-19 in Perth. As a result, the Premier advised that all residents of the Perth metropolitan area and Peel region return to wearing masks outdoors, effective at 6pm last night.
The Premier also provided a further update advising that no new positive cases of community transmission had been recorded overnight.
The Department of Health website HealthyWA has been updated with new exposure sites. Anyone who has been at an exposure site is required to go for COVID-19 testing and complete 14 days of self-quarantine, regardless of the result.
While there were no further restrictions to school operations announced, it has been emphasised that maintaining COVID-safe practices is essential in mitigating the risk of further transmission.
I ask all in our community to be vigilant in established COVID-safe practices. This includes maintaining good hand hygiene, physical distancing where possible and observing the directions provided by Premier Mark McGowan and the Department of Health
- All staff members and students in Years 7 to 12 in the Perth and Peel region will be required to wear masks at all times while at school. This applies to classrooms, all teaching areas and libraries, staffrooms, and while outdoors – playgrounds included. It also includes travelling on public transport to and from school. Masks should also be worn in private vehicles if there is more than one passenger over the age of 12 years from different households.
- Students in Kindergarten to Year 6 in the Perth and Peel region are not required to wear a mask, but their teachers and support staff must continue to wear masks.
- Common sense should apply regarding the colour and markings on masks, with staff and students asked not to wear masks that may contain inappropriate markings or designs.
- Students may be exempt from wearing a mask at school under the following circumstances:
- the student has a physical, developmental or mental illness, injury, condition or disability which makes wearing a face covering unsuitable;
- when communicating with another person who is deaf or hard of hearing, where visibility of the mouth is essential for communication;
- when engaged in strenuous or vigorous exercise;
- when consuming food, drink or medicine, provided that they are seated at the time.
Parents, caregivers and visitors on school premises
- Parents, caregivers and visitors to schools in the Perth and Peel regions must wear a mask and adhere to COVID-safe guidelines while they are on a school site.
Arrangements for the week ahead
I ask parents and caregivers to only enter school ground when absolutely necessary. This would include collecting or dropping off younger children if you feel the need is required. Drop off and pick up will be staffed for ease of use.
This week we had a number of events planned on school premises and at the Church. Due to the 14-day incubation period associated with COVID-19, the close proximity of the potential community transmission locations, I have decided to postpone the following events.
- Mother’s Day Morning Tea.
- Mother’s Day Mass
- Year Three Assembly for parents and guests.
This is not a decision I make lightly, and I make it in the best interest of all community members. Once a more suitable time and favourable circumstances present, we can move forward. I appreciate your understanding at this time, and I value your support.
As I have mentioned before, school staff are aware that the uncertainties of this time can cause distress for children and their families. The wellbeing and pastoral care of students and staff in our school is my highest priority and psychology services and support are available for students who may be experiencing challenges. I encourage you to contact me if you have concerns about your child’s wellbeing at school.
Let us continue to pray for the many less fortunate communities around our world, that they may find fortitude in dealing with the adversities they are facing, and that the support for their communities will be a source of hope and courage.
Yours in Christ,
Mr Sheldon Carey
St Lawrence Primary School