COVID-19 update - Tuesday 24 May 2022

Dear Families of CBC Fremantle

I hope you are keeping well as we move into the cooler weather. A few months ago, it would have been hard to imagine that by winter half of our students would have contracted COVID-19. But this is our reality. The virus continues to spread with varying degrees of impact from minimal to severe and everything in between. We are fortunate that, when the going gets tough, our CBC community rises to the challenge with cooperation, care and resilience.

COVID-19 AT CBC

The College has recorded 473 COVID-19 positive cases in our community since the beginning of the Omicron outbreak. Today, there are 86 active cases amongst students and staff which is a welcome decline from last week. The current case distribution across year groups is: 18 Year 7 students, 15 Year 8 students, six Year 9 students, 10 Year 10 students, 19 Year 11 students and four Year 12 students.

RAT DISTRIBUTION

Last week, each student at the College received a box of RATs supplied by the WA Government. Any students who were absent can collect them from the front office at the end of a school day.

SELF-REPORTING OF POSITIVE CASES – REMINDER

Any positive COVID-19 result should be reported on the 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.

CLOSE CONTACTS – REMINDER

Please inform the College if your son becomes a household close contact by emailing sservices@cbcfremantle.wa.edu.au. Asymptomatic household close contacts who return to school must follow the requirements set out by the WA Government which include wearing masks at all times and daily negative RATs before school each morning for the seven-day isolation period. Refer to healthywa.wa.gov.au for information on close contact definition, testing and isolation requirements.

ASSESSMENTS, EXAMS AND REPORTING

Students who are impacted by COVID-19 and related absence from school are entitled to be provided a fair and equitable means to prepare and sit their assessments and exams.  Should your son's ability to sit an assessment be impacted by COVID-19, we ask that you communicate with the subject teacher who will be able to provide a variety of solutions for him to complete the work.

MASK WEARING

Masks are still required at certain times at school such as on school buses and when a student is a close contact. Please ensure your son brings a supply of masks to school with him.

SYMPTOMATIC STUDENTS

Please keep boys who are unwell at home. We understand that the students have had higher days of absence than usual this year, but please continue to ensure students with colds and influenza stay home to recover. This helps us keep teachers in front of classes and learning and co-curricular programmes running.

SCHOOL PHOTOS

We have a follow-up Photo Day scheduled for Thursday 9 June for students who were absent yesterday. Photos for this day can still be ordered through Photo Hendriks.

Thank you once again for your support of the College and our staff. Please reach out if you need advice, assistance or have any concerns.

Kind regards

Ms Jenny Knox
Vice Principal