Our school is one of 80 public schools, education support services and residential colleges taking part in “DETECT Schools Study - Assessing COVID-19 Across Western Australian Schools”.
COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the way we live. With the rates of COVID-19 in Western Australia (WA) remaining low, we are at a critical point where the Government is working hard on how to get things back to normal, as safely and as quickly, as we can.
One thing we don’t know much about, is the rates of COVID-19 in those who may not have any symptoms (asymptomatic). As part of a larger community study to determine the occurrence of COVID-19 in people without symptoms in WA, the WA Education and Health Departments, in partnership with Telethon Kids Institute, are undertaking a research study in schools. The study will help us answer three main questions:
1. Is there any undetected COVID-19 infection in school students and staff (without symptoms)?
2. Do students and staff at schools play a role in spreading COVID-19, if we find it?
3. How are school staff, students, and their families coping during this challenging time? Is their wellbeing impacted?
It is hoped the DETECT Schools Study will assist in making an even stronger evidence-base for the WA (and Australian) Government to make the best policy decisions they can, and to provide the support to schools and families that they need.
Our school is one of forty schools that will be involved in the wellbeing survey only. Another forty schools will be involved in COVID-19 testing and the wellbeing survey.
Students in Years 4-12, parents of students in years K-12, and school staff will be asked to complete a brief 15-minute survey to provide information on how COVID-19 is impacting their physical, social and emotional wellbeing. This is also voluntary.
Further details will be emailed to parents and school staff.
For more information refer to the FAQs for Schools https://balcattashs.wa.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/DETECT-General-FAQs-for-schools-v2.0-24May2020-4.pdf