Health Information


Northam Senior High School is participating in a program to transport eligible children to a local COVID-19 community vaccination clinic. This is an important initiative to increase the convenience of COVID-19 vaccination. This initiative is optional. 

 

If you want your child/ren to participate in the school community vaccination clinic, here is what to do:

  1. Complete and sign the consent form for every student being vaccinated. This form will be sent home with students today. A copy of the consent form is also attached to this notice. All sections of the consent form must be completed Parent Information and Consent Form . Consent forms must be returned to school by Thursday 28th October.
  2. It is also important that parents / legal guardians register their child/ren in VaccinateWA . This will ensure that the child’s vaccination record will be received by the Australian Immunisation Register. You can find information about registering your child at https://vaccinatewa.health.wa.gov.au/s/login/SelfRegister.

    Helpful Information

    If you require additional information about COVID-19 vaccination, we encourage you to review the following sites or call 13COVID.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    COVID-19 Vaccines; Is it true

    Get the facts on the COVID-19 vaccine

For more information about COVID-19 vaccination opportunities visit https://rollup.wa.gov.au/ 

Parents and guardians can elect to take their child/ren to GPs, pharmacies or state community vaccination clinics in their own time. 


As you may have heard, all Western Australians aged 12 to 15 are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. The Department of Health has also announced it is offering allocated times for school students aged 16 years and over and school-based staff to access WA Health clinics.
More information about clinic locations can be found on the
HealthyWA website.

Please find attached a letter from the Chief Health Officer, providing details about the clinics, including information about consent.

If you have any questions or concerns about vaccinating your child, please visit the HealthyWA website.

Thank you for your support in keeping our students, staff and community safe.

Chief Health Officer Letter

 

COVID-19 Update

 

20 September 2021

As you may have heard, all Western Australians aged 12 to 15 are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. The Department of Health has also announced it is offering allocated times for school students aged 16 years and over and school-based staff to access WA Health clinics.

More information about clinic locations can be found on the HealthyWA website.

Please find attached a letter from the Chief Health Officer, providing details about the clinics, including information about consent.

If you have any questions or concerns about vaccinating your child, please visit the HealthyWA website.

Thank you for your support in keeping our students, staff and community safe.

Chief Heath Officer Letter

 

3 September 2021

COVID-19 in Western Australia daily snapshot

View public exposure site locations and find out where to get tested.

Remember to:

  • practise physical distancing (keep at least 1.5 metres or two arms lengths from each other)
  • practise good personal hygiene (wash hands often with soap and water, or hand sanitiser and cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use your elbow)
  • stay home if unwell and if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms get tested for COVID-19
  • use the SafeWA app (external site)
  • wear a face mask in certain settings. Masks are not necessary for children under 12.

If you need help with translating the information on these sites, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450.

Call the coronavirus (COVID-19) information helpline on 13 COVID (13 26843). (Interstate callers: 1800 595 206. International callers: +61 8 9118 3100.)

What do I need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine?
How can I protect myself (incl. face masks) against COVID-19?
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Who is most at risk of COVID-19?
Arrivals into Western Australia
What is self-isolation and self-quarantine?
What do I need to know about testing?
Health and wellbeing during COVID-19
What locations have been visited by confirmed cases?
Frequently asked questions

Further information, advice and resources

 

From 12.01am on Tuesday, 29 June 2021 all persons who live in the Perth metropolitan area and Peel region entered a minimum four-day lockdown to limit any potential spread of COVID-19. All other schools continue using the Phase 5 Operating Guidelines.

 

24 June 2021

The COVID-19 Ikon content collection is current at all times and the most reliable source of truth.

For Information

Phase 5 of the COVID-19 roadmap

WA transitioned to Phase 5 of the COVID-19 roadmap from 12.01am Wednesday, 23 June. This resulted in the removal of the two square metre rule for businesses and events, as well as the capacity limits for events or venues.

Phase 5 Operating Guidelines and FAQs for schools and residential facilities are available on Ikon.

Enhanced cleaning for Term 3

Additional funding for enhanced COVID-19 cleaning will be provided in Term 3, 2021 in line with the State’s transition to Phase 5. Schools should refer to Ikon for the Phase 5 enhanced cleaning requirements.

The Term 3 funding for additional cleaning time will provide a salary allocation for outside school hours cleaning plus an allocation for cleaning playgrounds and/or play areas where applicable. An additional cash allocation for cleaning products will also be provided. Further information about Term 3 funding is now available on Ikon: Use your Term 3 Coronavirus (COVID-19) additional cleaning allocations.

The following Ikon services will be updated over the next few days to assist you in appointing fixed term cleaners. Please check these services next week before appointing cleaning staff for Term 3, 2021:

  • Increase cleaning staff during COVID-19.
  • Clean schools and worksites during COVID-19.The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) statement on minimising the potential risk of COVID-19 in schools no longer specifically refers to food.July school holidays – Interstate travelIf a staff member travels, they should continue to monitor the WA.gov.au website for any changes to travel directions during the holidays and ring the G2G helpline on 13 26843 to confirm their pass is valid before returning to WA.
  • Staff should also consider the following:
  • With the holidays approaching, people will be making decisions about whether to travel interstate. Any Department staff who are considering interstate travel are strongly encouraged to visit the WA.gov.au website regarding the process for re-entry into Western Australia, including the application for a G2G Pass prior to departure.
  • Public Health has recently advised that the sharing of food in schools is acceptable provided it is done in a COVID safe way. Please refer to updated Hospitality advice on Ikon for more information.
  • Hospitality
  • When travelling to another state or territory, travellers are required to abide by any travel conditions upon their arrival.
  • Staff will be required to access their existing leave entitlements if they are unable to return to WA when scheduled due to travel restrictions, and are not available to start the school term. Leave options for people in this situation are available on Manage Workforce Absences Due to COVID-19 on Ikon. Enquiries regarding leave due to COVID-19 can also be emailed to labourrelations.queries@education.wa.edu.au.
  • Upon arrival in WA, staff will be required to follow any instructions regarding quarantine requirements as they apply at that time.

We recommend staff consider the implications of interstate travel during the student vacation time prior to travel.

COVID-19 vaccination rollout

Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in Western Australia. Eligibility to receive the vaccine is based on population groups, as outlined on Healthy WA website. If you are unsure, check your eligibility through the Vaccine Eligibility Checker.

Controlled interstate border arrangements

Western Australia has introduced a hard border with New South Wales following the evolving
COVID-19 situation and outbreak. NSW transitioned from a 'very low risk' state to ‘medium risk’ under WA’s controlled border, from 11.00am, Wednesday 23 June. Travel from NSW is no longer permitted unless you are an exempt traveller.

Public health advice has also been issued for returned travellers from New Zealand and Queensland.

It is important to note that close contacts of a person in self-quarantine (due to testing for COVID-19 or travel) are still able to go to work or school. However, if the person in quarantine develops symptoms and requires a COVID-19 test, their close contacts may need to self-quarantine once the results of the person’s test is known.

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COVID-19 Support Contacts

COVID-19 Support Team

coronavirussupport@education.wa.edu.au

Phone support

1800 882 345

 

Curriculum/Connected Learning

connectedlearning@education.wa.edu.au

Phone support (8am – 4pm weekdays)

9413 3394

 

Parent Helpline

1800 882 345

 

Curriculum/Connected Learning

COVID19.studentwellbeing@education.wa.edu.au

Phone support

9402 6428

 

 

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No Energy Drinks

 

 

Research from the Telethon Kids Institute shows that young people who consume energy drinks suffer negative health effects.

These include heart palpitations, trouble sleeping or insomnia, headaches and upset stomachs.

These drinks contain a potent source of caffeine, high levels of sugar, sodium and herbal stimulants.

Some young people require medical assistance after consuming these drinks.

In order to keep our students safe and well, Northam SHS is banning energy drinks.

Students who have energy drinks on school grounds are required to hand then to a teacher or put them in the bin.

We ask for your support by not purchasing these drinks for your child and encouraging your child to not purchase them for school.