*Is my school closed due to COVID-19?*

Remember that if you are unwell with a temperature, cough or cold and flu symptoms, it’s important that you stay at home and practice social distancing.

Short answer From 30 March, parents are encouraged to keep students at home, however schools are open until 3 April and then closed for most students

Long answer

Schools in Western Australia are still open, however the school break has been moved up and the last day of classes will be on April 3.

If your parents need to go to work,  you cannot be safely looked after at home, or you cannot access online teaching resources you can still go to school to be supervised up until April 9, but your classes won’t run like normal.

For students at home, learning resources are available here: https://www.education.wa.edu.au/learning-at-home

For more information, you can visit the WA Department of Education website here: https://www.education.wa.edu.au/coronavirus-school-update

What if I attend a private or independent school?

If you go to a private or independent school, they can make their own decisions about whether your school can stay open or not. We recommend that you contact your school directly and ask if they are open. 

Who else you can talk to

If you’re feeling stressed or worried about what is happening you can contact:

  • the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 for free and private counselling (available 24 hours a day, but there can be a wait to get through). They are happy to talk to young people between the ages of 5-25 years about anything that’s troubling them. You can also email them or chat online at: http://kidshelpline.com.au./
  • eHeadspace provides counselling to young people ages 12-25 who are worried about their mental health or are feeling alone. You can email them or chat online at: https://www.eheadspace.org.au./

Other useful resources

See the Australian Government recommendations here: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

See the headspace factsheet on coronavirus here: https://headspace.org.au/young-people/how-to-cope-with-stress-related-to-covid-19/

See Reach Out’s tips for taking care of yourself here: https://au.reachout.com/articles/10-ways-to-take-care-of-yourself-during-coronavirus

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