Covid-19 – resources and updates

For all the Learning From Home Resourcesclick here

(these have been moved to a new page)


May 14th 2020 – Latest Update

Term 2 update Mrs Donna McDonald, Principal

Information for schools and early childhood centres_ May 2020 – Parents


April 23rd, 2020

CHO Information for schools and early childhood centres 22 April 2020 Parents

Letter from MTerm 2 update Mrs Donna McDonald, Principalrs Donna McDonald, Principal, Covid Term 2 return



Dear Thornlie SHS Community

Term 1 certainly was unique, bringing a number of challenges to school communities.

The Student Services Team at Thornlie SHS has gathered a range of resources that may be of particular benefit and support to our community. Please take the time to view them.

We will continue to add to this list throughout Term 2.

Be You, Coronavirus: Supporting educators, children and young people

Parents, Carers and Families
Beyond Blue, Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
Emerging Minds, Supporting Children during the Coronavirus outbreak
Helping Minds, Counselling and support for family and friends
ReachOut, How to talk to your teenager about coronavirus

Headspace, How to cope with stress related to Novel Coronavirus
ReachOut, Coping During Coronavirus

Activities and things to do at home
Things to do at home 1 
Things to do at home 2


Thornlie SHS Student Services Team
April 16th 2020


Dear Parents and Caregivers

As a whole school community – teachers, students and families – we have been working together to proactively respond to the challenges of COVID–19.

Our key focus has been to provide continuity of learning at Thornlie SHS as we completed this term, a week earlier than planned.

This week teachers and support staff have remained on site to fully prepare for the changes ahead of us next term. 

We are committed to providing students with continued access to quality learning and teaching experiences and pastoral care support as we respond to the COVID -19 pandemic. We will be using CONNECT and Work Packages to assist ALL students to engage, inspire and achieve their best until we can all officially return to the classroom.

As at 6 April, the Director General has informed schools that teachers will be on site for the start of Term 2. The majority of students will recommence their schooling on Wednesday 29th April 2020 via remote learning.

Remote Learning Guides for students have been emailed and posted home to all families.

Our approach to learning in 2020 is now a multi-faceted, flexible model – this means that teachers and students will be using different methods of teaching and learning next term.

Students will have access to:

  1. Online resources from a range of technology platforms (Connect, Office 365, WebEx).
  2. Student Work Packages with support from their family at home (only if there is no access to technology). 
  3. And/or in the Classroom (as directed by the Health Department and Department of Education)

Parents of students requiring a Work Package at the commencement of Term 2 are invited  to contact the school via or by telephoning 9376 2101 during school office hours.

Teachers and support staff will return to the school site on Tuesday 28 April 2020 for the commencement of Term 2.

Students will commence remote learning via Connect or Work Packages on Wednesday 29 April 2020.

Stay Home, Stay Safe,

Mrs Donna McDonald
April 7th 2020


The last day of this term for Thornlie SHS  is now Friday 3 April 2020.

Teachers will be engaged in professional learning and working onsite until Thursday 9 April.

We will supervise students from Monday 5 – Thursday 9 April if their parents require our assistance.

For the official letter from the Minister of Education, click here.


Donna McDonald
March 27th 2020

** Updated March 26th 2020
Dear Parents/Caregivers/Students and Staff

Above you will find a series of communications and links to resources to assist in this unprecedented time in our global history as we respond to Covid-19.

We are here to help students continue their learning program be it at school or from home. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any additional support or advice, 9376 2100.

Students are currently welcome to attend school as normal. Parents choosing to educate their child at home using technology will find the resources below of assistance.

Kind Regards

Donna McDonald,
March 24th 2020

Current as at March 24th 2020


Facebook postMarch 17th 2020

Health Department linktranslated information

Factsheets – managing the Anxiety around Covid-19

Fact_Sheet_Building_Resilience (2)

SEL in times of stress- COVID-19pdf2020

COVID-19 parent handout NASP

APS – Tips for coping with coronavirus anxiety


Email letter sent home 13th March 2020

Dear Parents/Caregivers

While the situation regarding the COVID-19 continues to evolve, the Department of Education sector has established plans and a team to support principals and schools. It is important that as a school community we apply common sense, factual information and a practical approach to COVID – 19.

If a WA school has to close due to a confirmed case, it will be on advice from the WA Health Department’s Chief Health Officer. The Chief Health Officer will, if there has been a positive COVID-19 test result in our school, close our school temporarily while assessment and tracing of exposure is conducted. A thorough school clean will then be carried out to make the school safe for the return of students and staff.

In this situation the principal will receive direct advice and support regarding the closure process and communication materials from the Department of Education’s Coronavirus support team.

Upon the school being notified, all families will be immediately contacted and provided with the relevant information. This contact may be during the school day, or before or after school. It is therefore important that we have up-to-date contact details for your children, please notify the front office if these have changed.

Parents will also be advised of the extent to which class work can be completed at home during this temporary closure and provided with the details of how this will work.  

While it is acknowledged that this may be a stressful time for the community, parents are reminded that schools open and close all of the time and that the reason for any school closure will be to ensure the safety of all students and staff.

How to minimise the spread of COVID-19

  • Frequently washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or using an alcohol based hand gel
  • Refraining from touching mouth and nose
  • If coughing or sneezing, covering your nose and mouth with a paper tissue or flexed elbow
  • Dispose of the tissue immediately after use and perform hand hygiene
  • Avoiding close contact with anyone if you, or they, have a cold or flu-like symptoms (maintain a distance of at least 1 metre).

Who cannot attend school – advice as at 11 March 2020

Students or staff cannot attend school and need to self-quarantine if they have:

  1. left or transited through mainland China in the last 14 days, they must isolate themselves for 14 days from the date of leaving mainland China;
  2. left or transited through Iran on or after 1 March, they must isolate themselves for 14 days after leaving Iran;
  3. left or transited through the Republic of Korea, on or after 5 March, they must isolate themselves for 14 days after leaving the Republic of Korea;
  4. left or transited through Italy, on or after 11 March, they must isolate themselves for 14 days after leaving Italy. People who left or transited through Italy prior to 11 March, should monitor symptoms and seek medical attention should they feel unwell; and
  5. been informed by public health authorities that they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, they must isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case.

Returning from Travel:

Higher Risk Moderate Risk
Must isolate for 14 days prior to attending Can attend school, but self-monitor
  • Mainland China
All other countries
  • Iran
  • Republic of Korea
  • Italy

Students or staff who have been tested for COVID-19 should follow the advice of the Department of Health and stay away from school whilst awaiting results.

 COVID-19 symptoms

People with COVID-19 may experience:

  • fever;
  • flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue; or
  • shortness of breath.

For the latest health information and health related enquiries please visit WA Department of Health or access the helpline 1800 020 080.

COVID-19 testing

The WA Chief Health Officer, Dr Andrew Robertson, has advised people should not go to be tested for COVID-19 to either COVID Clinics or GPs unless they are currently experiencing symptoms and meet the testing criteria.

To be eligible for testing people must:

  • be currently experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough or sore throat AND have
  • returned from overseas travel in the last 14 days
  • OR be currently experiencing symptoms, and be a contact of a confirmed case
  • OR be currently experiencing symptoms and believe they have been in close contact with a person infected with COVID-19.


Donna McDonald

13 March 2020