COVID-19 update - Tuesday 26 April 2022

Dear Families of CBC Fremantle

As we approach the end of term, I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for the support and agility of our College community. While school continues as usual onsite, each day there are students beginning their learning from home, recovering from illness, or returning to classes after isolating. Learning, friendships, routines and co-curricular activities have been interrupted for the boys; however, they continue to show optimism and resilience. Staff have also had a disrupted term professionally and sometimes personally, and continue to put the boys first. Families have worked in partnership with us to navigate sometimes confusing guidelines and directives. The flexibility, kindness and understanding we have afforded one another is a testament to our College community.

Our COVID-19 case numbers remain steady and have not unduly impacted the day to day operations of the school. The College has recorded 94 COVID-19 positive cases in our community since the beginning of the Omicron outbreak in WA. There are currently 33 active cases amongst students and four amongst staff. There are just over 70 students today who are at home because they have COVID-19, are household close contacts or are waiting on test results. Most of these are learning from home.

The current cases across year groups are: nine x Year 7 students, six x Year 8 students, five x Year 9 students, 12 x Year 10 students, and one x Year 11 student.

CBC follows the guidelines provided by the Health Department of Western Australia (WA Health) and Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA).

SELF-REPORTING OF RESULTS

Please use the self-reporting portal to record COVID-19 results via this link for all positive student cases. This way, we can act quickly to support families and identify potential close contacts.

If your child's COVID-19 positive result was obtained from a self-administered Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), you must register the result online with the Department of Health here or call 13 COVID for assistance.

CONTACT TRACING

If we believe your son is a school-based close contact, we will contact you. Our contact tracing in undertaken on behalf of WA Health. It is not an exact science, and we thank students and families for their assistance in this as we try to reduce the chance of transmission of the virus in our school community and beyond.

ADVISING OF CLOSE CONTACTS

Please let the College know if your son is deemed a close contact outside of school, including a household close contact by emailing me at jennyk@cbcfremantle.wa.edu.au.

TALKING TO YOUR SON ABOUT COVID-19

CEWA have put together some excellent resources on talking to young people about COVID-19:

https://covid19.cewa.edu.au/wellbeing/.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

  • encourage your son to wear his mask correctly and explain the importance of doing so
  • keep him well-stocked with masks
  • do not send him to school if he is unwell
  • have your son tested if symptoms develop

I would like to again acknowledge and thank you for your ongoing support and help in keeping the school safe for students and staff.

If you need support, advice or assistance, please be in touch. You can reach me directly on 0499 020 226 and jennyk@cbcfremantle.wa.edu.au or contact College Principal Mr Burgio on 0400 880 861.

Kind regards

Ms Jenny Knox
Vice Principal