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COVID-19 update - Tuesday 8 February 2022

Dear Families of CBC Fremantle

Please accept my apology in advance for what must seem like a lot of information coming home at the moment. Our students and staff have shown positivity, flexibility and resilience at the beginning of this new school year, especially when facing uncertainty.

There are additional measures now in place for schools with the introduction of high caseload environment COVID-19 protocols.

Please be aware of the following changes:

PARENT INFORMATION EVENINGS

Parent Information Evenings will not take place at this stage. Relevant information will be provided to families early next week.

YEAR 7 PROGRAMME

Year 7 families will receive additional information today about changes to this week's Year 7 Programme.

PARENTS ONSITE

Parents are asked not to come onsite. A parent should only attend the school office in the event of a significant pastoral or welfare issue related to their child; wherever possible interactions by staff with parents should take place over the phone or via email/online. If uniform items are needed, students are able to go to the uniform shop.

SCHOOL EVENTS, SPORT & CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

  • School camps will not proceed. We will aim to arrange alternatives later in the year where possible.
  • Co-curricular activities such as Homework Club, Robotics Club and Ecology Group will continue with additional measures taken to safeguard students, however, parents may choose not to send their child to these out of hours activities.
  • Sports training and interschool sport will proceed at this stage – students and families will be notified if there are changes to these arrangements.
  • Performing Arts and Music rehearsals will be restricted.  The Arts department will send out further details to those impacted.

TESTING & ISOLATING PROTOCOLS

New close contact definitions are now in place as well as new testing and isolation protocols. Isolation is reduced to seven days. Below is a summary of the new guidelines which comes directly from Catholic Education Western Australia.

If students or staff in schools or childcare centres have been in an exposure site, they are encouraged to get a PCR test to confirm if are COVID-19 positive, especially while demand at clinics can be managed.

When demand gets very high, Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) will be made available to increase the speed of results, and RAT tests will be provided by the testing centre to the person who is to stay in isolation and test on Day 7.

The new testing and isolation guidelines include:

Confirmed positive case

  • self-isolate for a minimum of seven days; and
  • at Day 7, if symptoms still present, continue isolating until symptoms clear; or
  • if no symptoms after Day 7, you can leave self-isolation. No testing required.

Symptomatic close contact

  • self-isolate for seven days from the date of contact with positive case; and
  • take a PCR or RAT on Day 1 or as soon as possible.
  • if positive - follow positive case guidelines (as above).
  • if negative - stay in isolation, take a RAT in 24 hours, and remain in isolation.
  • if positive - follow positive case guidelines (as above).
  • if negative - and no new household members have tested positive - take a RAT again on Day 7, before ending isolation.

Asymptomatic close contact

  • self-isolate for seven days from the date of contact with positive case.
  • if symptoms develop, take a PCR or RAT; or
  • if positive - follow positive case guidelines (as above).
  • if still asymptomatic, take a RAT on Day 7.
  • if positive - follow positive case guidelines.
  • if negative - and no new household members have tested positive - self-isolation ends after Day 7, and people should monitor for symptoms.

Symptomatic but not a close contact

  • get a PCR test immediately and isolate until result returned.
  • if positive - follow positive case guidelines (as above).
  • if negative - you are not required to isolate but should stay home until symptoms clear.
  • if you take a RAT, because a PCR test is unavailable:
  • if positive - follow positive case guidelines (as above).
  • if negative - continue to isolate and repeat RAT in 24 hours - if negative after this follow-up test, you are not required to isolate but should stay home until symptoms clear.

More information is available here.

We will provide further details as they become available. In the interim, please contact the College if you have any questions or concerns.

Warmest regards

Mr Domenic Burgio
Principal