Information provided on this webpage is updated as new requirements are established and new information is released. Confirmation of positive cases within the St Joseph’s school community and how it impacts individual children will be communicated directly to families via SMS and email.
CEWA COVID-19 Self-Reporting App
If you have been directed (by WA Health or the School Principal) to notify the school of a COVID test result please use this
Whether it is a PCR or a RAT test, you can upload either the WA Health text message or a photo of a RAT test in the upload section.
Should you have problems with this link please call the school office.
Current Regulations and Latest Updates
Schools are safe and open for learning. Keeping our schools open and providing face-to-face learning to students is important to their learning, social and emotional development, and physical and mental wellbeing. The guidelines have been developed for schools as we learn to live with COVID-19 and are based on current health advice.
COVID-19 positive result
The following requirements are in place for staff and students who test positive to COVID-19:
- Staff and students should remain home until symptoms resolve.
- Staff and students are asked to register RAT results via WA Health and the CEWA COVID-19 Self-Reporting Portal.
- Wear a mask if required to leave the home and when accessing public transport (including school transport).
- Avoid large gatherings and crowded, indoor locations. COVID-19 positive persons cannot visit public hospitals and other high risk settings for 7 days (including students undertaking work placements).
A close contact is defined as a person from within the same household or a person who has had household-like contact with a COVID-19 positive person, during that person’s infectious period.
• Isolation of close contacts is no longer mandated but close contacts are encouraged to test daily for 5 days and only attend school following a negative RAT result.
- Close contacts may choose to wear a mask
- Close contacts should register their status as a close contact via the CEWA COVID-19 Self-Reporting Portal.
- Close contact persons must not attend public hospitals and other high-risk settings for 7 days
2 May 2022
Under current COVID-19 regulations, students who have been identified as a close contact (see definition below) should continue coming to school as long as they show NO symptoms and deliver a negative RAT each morning – which then gets recorded on the CEWA COVID-19 Self Reporting App.
A close contact is now defined as:
- A household member or intimate partner of a person with COVID-19 who has had contact with them during their infectious period.
- Someone who has had close personal interaction with a person with COVID-19 during their infectious period where they spent greater than 4 hours cumulative contact with them in any 24 hour period in a residential setting where masks have been removed by both people during the time of contact.
- Someone who is directed by WA Health that they are a close contact.
Any positive COVID-19 result should be reported on the school’s COVID-19 Self-Reporting Portal and positive COVID-19 RAT results must also be reported on the WA Health RAT Register, as is required by the WA Government.
24 March 2022
Earlier today the Premier, Hon Mark McGowan, announced that based on the latest health advice, from 12:01am Thursday 31 March, most Level 2 measures will be eased back to Level 1, with some modifications based on risk, which for schools, means masks are still required indoors for students in Year 3 and above.
All other measures pertaining to schools remain the same.
10 March 2022
Effective Thursday 10 March 2022, quarantine procedures for school students who are close contacts (other than household close contacts) has changed:
Under these new regulations, any student who is a close contact to someone who has tested positive to Covid-19 (outside their household members) AND is asymptomatic (they have no Covid-19 symptoms), may:
- continue to attend school; and
- travel directly between their usual place of residence and their school. Travelling on school buses should be avoided where ever possible.
At all other times of the day they must remain in quarantine at home for a 7 day period. They must undertake a PCR test on Day 1 and Day 6, OR a RAT test on Day 1 and Day 7.
The above exception does NOT apply to students who are in a household with a positive case or anyone experiencing symptoms. These students must follow the full 7 day quarantine period without leaving their home.
8 March 2022
Effective immediately, parents and family members are no longer required to quarantine with a child who has been identified as a close contact to a COVID-19 positive case. This advice also applies retrospectively to any parents and family members who are currently in quarantine, subject to them adhering to all of the WA Health advice (revision attached).
One parent or caregiver may still need to miss work or work from home to care for their child while in quarantine. The rest of the household, including brothers and sisters, who have not been identified as close contacts, can attend work or school.
1 March 2022
Effective 12:01am Thursday 3 March, Level 2 measures will apply state-wide. These upgraded public health and social measures will require all students in Years 3-6 to wear masks in all public indoor settings – this includes schools.
All staff, visitors and students in Years 3-6 are to wear masks indoors and also while moving around the School grounds, especially corridors and pathways where social distancing may be difficult.
Masks may be removed while:
– giving instruction to a class or large group
– seated outside for recess or lunch
– engaged in rigorous exercise.
Parents must notify the School if their child has a current medical exemption.
8 February 2022
New guidelines were announced on Monday 7 February with respect to the operation of schools in accordance with safe practices in light of increasing COVID cases. Within these new guidelines are additional measures to keep school settings operating safely.