Parents/Caregivers

The Department of Education has directed that Western Australian schools are open for learning. Busselton Senior High School is committed to the wellbeing and safety of all students, staff, families, and the wider school community.

Very high caseload settings have been introduced from 10th March 2022 to help manage the higher number of cases, minimise transmission in schools and the communities, and safely reduce the number of staff and students considered a close contact.

Under very high caseload setting, students who are asymptomatic close contacts (other than those who are household close contacts) may now:

  •   continue attending school;
  •   attend before school care or after school care;
  •   attend school-based sporting or cultural training, practice, or events organised through the school and held immediately before or after school at their school;  and
  •   travel between the student’s usual place of residence and their school
  • At all other times, asymptomatic close contacts should quarantine for seven days and get tested. As with other close contacts, children who are identified as close contacts should be tested on Day 1 and Day 6 (if a PCR test) or 7 (if a RAT).
  • These arrangements will not apply to children who are ‘household close contacts’ or who are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

Students are considered close contacts if they are:

  • A household member or intimate partner of a person with COVID-19 who has had contact with them during their infectious period; or
  • Someone who has had close personal interaction with a person with COVID-19 during their infectious period, including:
    • At least 15 minutes face to face contact where a mask was not worn by the exposed person and the person with COVID-19; or
    • Greater than two hours within a small room or a classroom environment with a person with COVID-19 during their infectious period, where masks have been removed for this period by the exposed person and the person with COVID-19 (note: others wearing masks in this scenario would not be a contact); or
    • Someone who is directed by WA Health that they are a close contact.

An asymptomatic person means they have no COVID-19 symptoms.

If a member of your household is COVID-19 positive, then the whole household are deemed household close contacts and the testing and isolation protocols apply. If your child is unwell, they should stay at home and get tested.

We are committed to delivering quality teaching to children across WA throughout COVID-19 disruptions.

The Department of Education continues to monitor, adapt and respond to the public health advice of Western Australia’s Chief Health Officer.

Western Australian public schools are prepared with COVID-19 safe measures including:

  • mandatory vaccination and third dose requirements for all school staff
  • proof of vaccination for regular visitors to school sites in line with public health advice
  • limiting large gatherings and events
  • enhanced hygiene and other health and safety measures
  • ventilation strategy, including air purifiers and CO2 monitors
  • being ready to adapt and respond based on health advice
  • continuity of teaching and learning

In the event of a temporary school closure, please click here for information to ensure that students, staff members, parents and guardians are aware of the approach that we will follow and the resources and support that will be available.

Schools will roll out their remote learning plans, including online learning resources and hardcopy learning packages where applicable, if required to do so.
Learning from Home from Department of Education

If you require advice or support for your child’s education due to COVID-19, your school or Education Regional Office can assist you. For further advice or support phone 1800 882 345 (8.00am to 4.00pm) or email CoronaVirusSupport@education.wa.edu.au.
Wellbeing and Support from Department of Education

It is very important that we have up to date contact information for all families. Please email Busselton.SHS.StudentServices@education.wa.edu.au or text 0400 212 523 if you need to update your contact details. Please follow our Facebook page to stay up to date with information. Please ensure you have current access to Connect and Compass.