COVID-19 Education Update

 

Students digging up a dinosaur fossil with excavation tools.

This page was last updated on 6 May 2021.

At the Western Australian Museum, the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and employees is our priority.

We have a COVID Safety Plan in place at each of our sites, and we are following government advice.

Below you will find the following:

  • a summary of the actions we are taking to be COVID-19 safe.
  • what we would like you to do, as a teacher, before you arrive at the Museum for an excursion.
  • any additional actions being taken at our Museums.

The information below also pertains to Vacation Care and other groups that visit the Museum sites with children.

Actions the Western Australian Museum is taking to be COVID-19 safe:

  • The Museum follows the Government’s directions regarding masks. When instructed, all visitors shall wear a mask unless exempt (children aged 12 years and under or other exemption).

  • All persons aged 16 years and over are required to register their contact details on arrival at the Museum. This includes all attending teachers and accompanying parent helpers.
    The Museum recommends using SafeWA to check-in at our sites. SafeWA is a free, easy to use, secure contact register app developed by the WA Government. You can also register using a paper-based system if you don’t have a smartphone, or have not downloaded the App.
  • The Government also encourages adults accompanying children under 16 to register the children. This is a decision for the school and can be achieved by supplying a contact sheet of attending students on arrival at the Museum, which will be added to our manual register.
  • Should the Museum be notified of a community transmission incident at any of our sites, the Museum will follow instructions from the Department of Health. Details of any school groups that have visited the Museum will be passed on and the Department of Health will contact the school representative directly.
  • There is a limit of 1 person per 2 square metres within the Museum.
  • We have increased the scope of our cleaning regime.
  • We ask that all visitors practice physical distancing and good hygiene, and regularly sanitise their hands throughout a visit to the Museum. 
  • School groups will be asked to apply hand sanitiser before entry into the Museum. There are hand sanitiser stations at Museum entrances and throughout the Museum.
  • General visitors will be able to check their temperature with an automatic temperature scanner before entry into the Museum. Teachers are encouraged to carry out a temperature check of all attending students, teachers and helpers prior to departing school groups and / or attending the Museum.
  • Water fountains are only available for refilling of water bottles.

How teachers can help the Museum be COVID-19 safe:

  • Check this webpage before your excursion as information may change.
  • Any student, teacher or parent helper who is feeling unwell, particularly if experiencing a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, or loss of smell or taste, should not attend the excursion.
  • Schools are encouraged to carry out a temperature check of all students, teachers and parent helpers before departing on an excursion to the Museum. Parent helpers who arrive independently should use the temperature scanner at the Museum.
  • Schools may choose to prepare a contact list of attending students and adults. This should contain the students first and last name and a contact phone number of a parent/guardian. This will be added to the Museums manual contact register on arrival.
  • Schools are encouraged to increase supervision ratios, where practicable, to one (1) supervisor to six (6) children for primary school groups. This will assist with physical distancing and to allow supervised groups to spread out across the galleries inside the Museum.
  • Ensure students practice good hygiene while inside the Museum.
  • Before attending the Museum, brief students on expected behaviour inside the Museum, including physical distancing and hygiene requirements.

Museum specific actions:

WA Maritime Museum

  • School excursions for HMAS Ovens is temporarily suspended. 
  • The Under the Dome Experience has now re-opened for school group audiences only during term time.
  • Immigration Stories is an interactive high-touch program that involves student participation in activities, handling of objects and some dress-ups. Students will be asked to apply hand-sanitiser before the start of this program. The program is currently restricted to one school per day to allow for routine cleaning.

WA Shipwrecks Museum

  • Shipwrecked!, de Vlamingh’s Journey and Strangers on the Shore are interactive high-touch programs that involve student participation in activities, handling of objects and some dress-ups. The program has been modified where practicable. Students will be asked to apply hand-sanitiser before the start of this program. Where practicable these programs will be limited to one school per day to allow for cleaning.

Museum of the Great Southern

  • The Sydney to Sound school program is currently unavailable until further notice.

Museum of Geraldton

  • There will reduced capacity of ten (10) people for the From Great Depths 3D film and it will only run every 20 minutes. If this is an essential part of your visit please discuss rotations when booking.

Museum of the Goldfields

  • No additional restrictions.

WA Museum Boola Bardip

  • No additional restrictions.

Contact

For any assistance email education@museum.wa.gov.au or call 1300 134 081.