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COVID-19 rules come into force in WA schools amid vaccination warning for parent volunteers

As children return to school in Western Australia, the education minister has warned non-vaccinated parents that they may not be allowed to volunteer in classrooms when COVID-19 case numbers rise.

In other states, unvaccinated adults are not allowed on school sites today, Sue Elleary said, with case numbers running into the thousands.

With the number of cases currently low in WA, she said, the advice from the Chief Health Officer (CHO) was that the current settings for education sites were appropriate.

“For now, you should be vaccinated if you are going to school more than once a week,” said Ms. Ellery.

“That will change when the CHO gives us advice on what we also need to do when case numbers rise.”

School volunteers who work more than one day per week must be fully vaccinated.(ABC News: Robert Koenig Luck)

Ms Ellery said it was “most likely” that unvaccinated people would not be able to go to school premises for activities such as volunteering.

She said there are no mandatory vaccination plans for children.

Preparing for increased cases

The government had announced that 12,000 air purifiers would be introduced in schools to improve ventilation for the new period.

Three elementary school students walking across a courtyard.
Students arrive at South Perth Primary School on the first day of class.(ABC News: Robert Koenig Luck)

Ms Ellery said all schools had air purifiers, which included High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters.

Not all purifiers were in the classroom, she said, with plans to “move them around as the seasons change.”

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