Western Australian schools use masks and air purifiers to fight Omicron


Nearly 477,000 students will return to schools in Western Australia (WA) on Monday, January 31, with a number of new requirements aimed at controlling the spread of the Omicron variant of the CCP virus.

High school students and all WA staff are required to wear a mask when returning to class. All 900 public education facilities are equipped with a total of 12,000 high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) air purifiers and 1,500 carbon dioxide (CO2) monitors.

Western Australian student mask requirements follow similar measures taken in Victoria this week, but are already in New South Wales in October.

If the number of cases of Omicron surges in the state, elementary school students in the third year and beyond should also wear masks.

The rise of Omicron in other parts of the country, despite promising to open an interstate border on February 5, after the state’s population over the age of 12 has reached 90% of full vaccination. The Government of Western Australia overturned that decision. As of January 26, the state recorded 132 active cases.

In addition to access to air filters, enhanced cleaning services, masks and hand sanitizers, WA’s “Return to Safe School Plan” requires all staff to submit proof of vaccination by January 31st. need to do it.

The Epoch Times has contacted the WA Ministry of Education, which has not yet been able to provide a number of staff to submit proof of vaccination.

Western Australia Minister of Education Suerary said the state is doing its best to keep the school open.

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At a press conference in Perth, Australia on May 1, 2020, Western Australia Minister of Education and Training Suerary speaks to the media. (AAPImage / Richard Wainwright)

“Keeping the school open is important for children’s learning, social and emotional development, well-being, physical and mental health,” Ellery said. Said..

“Schools have minimal disruption to students’ learning, including hard copy learning packages, access to online learning resources, and arrangements to temporarily replace teachers and other school staff who need to be isolated for COVID-19. There is an emergency response plan to limit it. “

Education is one of many industries that fall under a thorough vaccination obligation that covers 75% of the state’s workforce (equivalent to more than 1 million people). According to a December survey, the state could lose 39,000 workers and cost about $ 2.9 billion to the state’s economy on its mission.

Premier of Western Australia Mark McGowan outlined that he believes that vaccination is important in helping fight the Omicron variant.

“Staff vaccination is essential to ensure the safety of our colleagues and students and to keep them learning,” McGowan said.

Students do not need to be vaccinated, but WA pressures children to be vaccinated to reach the 90% goal, opens a vaccination clinic in the school and makes students state-owned. We have made vaccination easier, such as by sending it by bus. Vaccination clinic.

McGowan also encourages as many parents as possible to bring their children to the vaccine, and all children over the age of 5 are now eligible.

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Premier of Western Australia Mark McGowan speaks with the media on April 23, 2021 at the Dumas House in Perth, Australia. (Matte Jero Neck / Getty Images)

“It’s also important for students to be vaccinated,” McGowan said. “Vaccines are safe and effective and provide the best protection for children.”

However, there is currently no international consensus as to whether children need to be vaccinated, as they are currently recording a low rate of illness and death from COVID-19.

Dr. Robert Malone, a virologist and immunologist who helped develop the technology behind the mRNA vaccine, previously said that parents should think twice before vaccination of their children.

Malone allows children to effectively remove the vaccine from their bodies, but it is very unlikely that they will die of COVID-19, and most of the deaths from COVID-19 are already underlying or chronic illnesses. Said to be a child suffering from.

Regarding the possibility of myocarditis and heart inflammation, he said, “Vaccinated children are unlikely to be hurt and show no clinical symptoms.”

“But the question is, do you want to take advantage of your child and that opportunity? If you pull a short straw and your child gets hurt, most of these, if not all, are irreversible. There is no way to fix that, “Malone told EpochTV’s” American Thought Leaders “program in an interview.

Malone whose work is quoted 12,832 According to Google Scholars, he is considered a controversial figure after publicly criticizing the safety and efficacy of the current COVID-19 vaccine.

Daniel Kumerev

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Daniel Khmelev is a Perth-based Australian reporter working on energy, technology and politics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, physics and computer science. Contact him at [email protected]