COVID-19 Reporting

If your child has tested positive to COVID-19 please email both PerthModern.CovidSupport@education.wa.edu.au and perthmodern.absentees@education.wa.edu.au. Please include the date of the positive result.

From the 14 October 2022 the requirement for COVID-19 positive cases and their close contacts to isolate has been removed.

Taking personal responsibility and continuing the safety protocols even though they are now not mandatory help keep your family, friends, and our school community safe.

It is important to continue healthy hygiene habits, including:

  • Washing or sanitising hands regularly
  • Wearing masks if required, if unwell, or if in crowded indoor spaces where you cannot physically distance
  • Staying up to date with vaccinations
  • Testing for COVID-19 if experiencing symptoms and staying home until symptoms resolve.

Any child who becomes symptomatic should stay home and be tested for COVID-19.
If a student develops symptoms whilst at school, it is recommended that their parent or carer collect them and do a RAT test as soon as possible. If positive, follow positive case guidelines below. If negative, please stay home until symptoms are clear.

Masks

Students are encouraged to wear a mask in crowded indoor spaces and where physical distancing is not possible, to help protect vulnerable members of our community.

Tested Positive for Covid-19

If you test positive to COVID-19, you are strongly encouraged to:

  • Not attend school for at least 5 days and until the symptoms have resolved.
  • Wear a mask when you leave the house.
  • Register your positive RAT with WA Health.
  • Advise the school that you have tested positive for COVID-19

Please email both of the following addresses and inform them your child is positive and the date of the positive result –

You must not visit public health services (such as hospitals) for 7 days after returning a positive COVID-19 test unless you need urgent medical treatment.

You should also avoid other high-risk settings, including aged and disability care facilities and healthcare settings (such as GP clinics and physiotherapy) for 7 days, unless you need urgent medical treatment. Each facility will have their own safeguards for their patients.

Register your positive result with WA Health

If you return a positive rapid antigen test (RAT), you must register your result with the Department of Health.

After registration, you’ll receive an SMS from WA Health. There is a link in the SMS that will take you to a web page with more information and a series of questions to answer.

Close Contact

A close contact is a household or household-like contact who has had contact with them during their infectious period.

Isolation for close contacts is no longer mandated, but we advise the following and restrictions still apply for high-risk settings.

To protect those most as risk from COVID-19, for seven (7) days after becoming a close contact, there are simple steps you can take to reduce the risk to others:

  • Monitor for COVID-19 like symptoms. If you get sick, get tested and stay home. Even if you test negative to COVID-19, stay home until your symptoms resolve so you don’t spread any infection.
  • Wear a mask as necessary
  • Frequent rapid antigen testing (RAT) may help identify COVID-19 early
  • Don’t visit people at high risk of severe illness for 7 days. (e.g. hospitals, aged care and healthcare setting, GP clinics, physiotherapy etc)

You do not need to inform the school if you are a close contact.

COVID-19 Reinfection

If you have previously had COVID-19 and develop new symptoms more than 4 weeks after your recovery, you should get tested again, as reinfection is possible. Stay at home until your symptoms resolve.

If you test positive, follow the isolation recommendations for a case (stay home if possible until your symptoms resolve).

Updated 17/10/22