COVID-19 Response

We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of our school community as we learn together at William Carey.

FAQ

Updated 29th April 2022

From Monday 28th February, masks will no longer be mandatory in the High School for students or staff. 

From Monday 7th March, masks will no longer be mandatory indoors for staff in Primary school. 

All staff and students are strongly encouraged to continue mask wearing in the first four weeks of Term 3.

Rapid antigen testing moving to ‘symptomatic testing’ only
A reminder that from Monday 28 February staff and students will move to ‘symptomatic testing’ as required. Our School is providing a RAHT test kit pack at the beginning of Term 3. A RAHT should be used prior to attending a school camp.
After using this bundle, symptomatic students and staff should resume PCR testing or use their own home RAHT kits, which are now readily available and accessible in the community.



The RAHT kits provided are a quick and easy screening tool to help detect COVID-19 in people who do not have symptoms. They involve a simple nose swab that is placed in a chemical solution.

Provided within the RAHT kits are instructions on how to use the tests, check the results and how to dispose of the tests safely. Parents, carers and staff can also download the user guides of the relevant test that they received through the Therapeutic Goods Administration website. The user guides will also contain a contact number for the suppliers for additional support.

‘If you need an interpreter to assist with the enquiry, please call the Telephone Interpreter Service on 131 450 and ask for an interpreter in your language. Tell the operator the phone number you want to call and the operator will get an interpreter on the line to assist you with the conversation. You will not be charged for this service.’

  • If Negative – no need to notify anyone (if you are symptom-free, come to school!)
  • If Positive – you must notify

Do not use the test for 28 days following a previous positive result for COVID unless new symptoms occur

If your child returns a positive RAHT (or PCR) result you must:
1. Register it on the Service NSW app or service.nsw.gov.au website as soon as possible.
2. Notify the school as soon as possible by writing to covidtests@wccs.nsw.edu.au and follow NSW Health advice.
3. Inform the school staff regarding your son/daughter’s absence
a. Primary students – contact the Primary Office
b. High School – contact the High School Student Office

Any person who tests positive to COVID-19 is required to follow NSW Health requirements under the Public Health Order for testing positive and self-isolation. Currently, the requirements are:
• isolate for 7 days following the positive test
• leave isolation after 7 days if no symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, cough or shortness of breath)
• if there are symptoms after 7 days, then remain in isolation until 24 hours after symptoms have resolved. Note: if a person continues to have symptoms, they are able to leave isolation after 7 days with a medical clearance.

Once your child who has tested positive to COVID-19 has finished their isolation period as detailed above, they can return to school. Please send your NSW health clearance letter to the school at covidtests@wccs.nsw.edu.au

Individuals do not have to return a negative test to leave isolation as there may still be a viral load present in their system which may result in a positive test result. However, they are not likely to continue to be infectious.

NSW Health have advised that once a person who has tested positive has finished their isolation, they do not need to self-isolate or undertake testing (RAHT or PCR) for 28 days unless symptoms reappear. Following these 28 days individuals should resume RAHT surveillance testing.

Schools no longer have to send cohorts home or undertake contact tracing when there is a case within the school.

In place of contact tracing, the School will use a letter to alert the school community that there has been a case and to monitor for symptoms. This letter will be distributed as needed, to staff and families for either a class, cohort or whole school group as appropriate to the situation. The School has the discretion to make this decision depending on the contact the person who has tested positive had in the two days prior to being symptomatic or testing positive.

A household contact is a person who lives with someone who has COVID-19.

From 6pm on Friday April 22, household/close contacts do not need to self-isolate if they do not have any symptoms, but must follow the NSW Health Household and Close Contact Guidelines for 7 days from the last time someone in their household tested positive for COVID-19.

If you have or develop symptoms, you must self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19. If your test result is positive, you must follow the testing positive to COVID-19 and managing COVID-19 safely at home advice. If your test result is negative, stay home until you do not have any symptoms.

Work or study from home where practicable. You must seek approval from your employer or education facility before returning to work or school if you cannot work or study from home.
Undertake a rapid antigen test (each day) if you need to attend an indoor gathering with people you don’t live with, including your workplace or school, even if you do not have symptoms.
If you are over 12 years of age you must wear a mask when you are in an indoor setting that is not your own home, including workplaces and tertiary education settings. 

1. Notify the school as soon as possible by writing to covidtests@wccs.nsw.edu.au

2. Inform the school staff 
a. Primary students – contact the Primary Office
b. High School – contact the High School Student Office

A student identified as a household/close contact may return to school if guidelines agreed with NSW Health are followed, including:

daily rapid antigen testing for 5 school days. Students should complete a COVID-19 rapid antigen test and receive a negative result before attending school. Results do not need to be reported to the school.
NSW Health requires household/close contacts over the age of 12 to wear a mask while in an indoor setting outside of the home if not required to isolate. This includes secondary school students attending the school site while they are a household/close contact, Primary school students are strongly recommended to wear a mask indoors (except when eating or exercising). Noting that some mask exemptions continue to apply (e.g. where a physical or mental health condition or disability that makes wearing a mask unsuitable, or if you are eating or drinking).

A student with an assessment task, who is a close/household contact AND can meet NSW Health Guidelines should attend school to complete/submit the task on/by its due date. If circumstances indicate difficulties to meet this requirement, ensure the school is contacted prior to the due date.

A student identified as a household/close contact may not attend camps. This in line with the NSW Department of Education’s decision, in consultation with NSW Health.