Update from CEWA re COVID Reporting Requirements

11 April 2022

Dear parents and guardians

This information is from CEWA in response to the announcement by WA Premier Mark McGowan that 1,100 historic positive cases in Catholic Education schools did not appear to have been reported to WA Health.

WA Health informed CEWA on Tuesday 5 April about the discrepancy between the number of positive RATs advised to schools and those recorded in the Government’s online register.

I want to reassure you that there has been no public health risk to our children as a result of the discrepancy. At all times, Catholic schools have followed WA Health directives and communicated to parents that they are required to report a positive COVID result on the online WA Health RAT Register.

Our school communities were taking the right course of action in keeping schools informed of positive test results. I understand that the guidelines around reporting of COVID-19 cases are complex and WA Health have thanked our school communities for their ongoing timely and accurate reporting.

However, it is important that parents should be reporting positive COVID results through the online WA Health RAT Register in addition to notifying your school principal through the self-reporting app.

I know that this term has been challenging for parents, students and teachers and I would like to thank you for your vigilance and ongoing efforts and co-operation in protecting the health and safety of our students and staff.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

Ms Giovanna Fiume | Principal

8 April 2022

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