Catholic Education Western Australia continues to align with WA Government advice to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff, and to provide our schools with relevant information and updates.
Updated: 14 May 2020
Phase 2 in Catholic schools
From 18 May, all Catholic school students in Western Australia are required to attend school unless they are unwell or have a medical referral to engage in their learning from home.
This decision aligns with WA Government advice and has been informed by the results of a comprehensive School Readiness Review undertaken by Catholic Education Western Australia on Monday 11 May.
As the health and safety of all students and staff remains our highest priority, additional cleaning and hygiene measures are in place and some school practices have been altered to comply with advice regarding social distancing.
Knowing this is a uniquely challenging time for all of us, Catholic schools will continue to focus on the care and wellbeing of students, staff and families as we journey together to manage the risks of COVID-19 in our community.
All students are required to attend school from 18 May unless they are unwell, have a medical referral to learn from home or live with a family member who is medically vulnerable.
Students with a medical condition Students may continue to learn from home if they are immune-compromised or are otherwise considered at-risk medically.
- Parents who plan to keep their child home to continue learning remotely are asked to seek medical advice and will be required to provide medical evidence to the school. Students approved to learn from home will continue to be supported in their learning.
- Where a student’s pre-existing medical condition is already known to the school, no medical evidence is required
If a child is unwell
Students who are unwell should stay home. Parents are asked to seek medical advice if their child exhibits symptoms of COVID-19. Normal processes for advising the school of a child’s absence will apply for any parent who keeps their child home.
Student with medically vulnerable family members
Students may continue to learn from home if a member of their immediate family is immune-compromised or medically vulnerable.
- Parents who plan to keep their child home to continue learning remotely are asked to contact the school Principal and provide medical evidence to support their request.
COVID-19 fee support
Catholic Education Western Australia recognises we are living through an unprecedented time in our history and that the social and economic impact of the Covid-19 virus has been significant.
I would like to acknowledge the hard work, the adaptability, and the care for others demonstrated in our schools throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and I look forward to all of our students and staff being physically back at school learning and growing in faith together from Monday 18 May.”
Dr Debra Sayce
Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA)