Students and parents should be confident that the Authority continues to work from the premise that no student should be disadvantaged as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic . We will continue to update you with advice and support as we respond to the challenges of the evolving situation with COVID-19.
Keep learning, work with your teachers and do your best.
Look after yourself, whether you are at school or at home.
Reach out to family, friends and your teacher if you need to.
The Authority confirms that for Year 12 students undertaking studies in ATAR courses towards the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) the 2022 ATAR course written examination period will go ahead as scheduled from 31 October 2022. The written examinations will be the same length of time, and in the same format, as indicated in the syllabuses for each course.
All ATAR course practical examinations will go ahead as scheduled.
The wellbeing information on pages 16 and 17 of the Year 12 Information Handbook Part I: Information for all students available at https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/further-resources/year-12-information, continues to be an important reference whether you are studying at school or at home.
Health and hygiene measures are in place to keep you COVID-safe at the ATAR course practical and written examinations.
The Authority’s Sickness/Misadventure process will be available if, at the time of an ATAR course examination, you have evidence that:
- you have tested positive for COVID-19
- you have COVID symptoms (fever, cough, sore/scratchy throat, shortness of breath, loss of taste or sense of smell)
- you are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test.
You should ensure that you download your Personalised practical examination timetable and Personalised written examination timetable from the student portal from Tuesday, 6 September. It is important to log back in and check your timetable the evening before each of your examinations. This will ensure that you have all the information required for planning your travel arrangements to examination venues and equipping yourself appropriately for examinations.
Examination day protocols
Do NOT attend an ATAR course examination if:
- you have COVID‑19 symptoms (fever, cough, sore/scratchy throat, shortness of breath, loss of taste or sense of smell)
- you are required to self-isolate, including if you are waiting for the results of a COVID‑19 test
- you test positive for COVID‑19.
When attending an ATAR course examination, you should:
- use the hand sanitiser provided before entering the examination
- cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow
- avoid touching your face.
The Authority is following the advice of the Chief Health Officer in relation to COVID‑19. The Authority will be:
ensuring the cleaning of examination venues on a regular basis
encouraging physical distancing measures
providing sanitiser at all venues
What do I do if I am sick or isolating due to COVID-19?
The following information provides a guide to making a Sickness/Misadventure application for candidates that experience COVID‑19 symptoms or test positive to COVID‑19 during the 2022 ATAR course examination period.
Application for Sickness/Misadventure
All candidates seeking an approved absence due to Sickness/Misadventure must have delivered their completed application form and evidence to the Authority before 4.00 pm on Tuesday, 22 November 2022.
This form can be downloaded from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) website under the ‘Examinations’ option of https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/forms/forms.
If you are absent from an ATAR course examination due to COVID-19 symptoms but have not tested positive to COVID-19, then Section D of the Sickness/Misadventure application form must be completed by a medical practitioner/doctor.
If during the ATAR course examination period you test positive to a RAT or PCR test, then this positive result must be reported as per current Western Australian (WA) Health requirements. WA Health will issue you with a notification of receipt and you will be instructed to isolate for a period of five days. You will not be able to attend any examination during the period that you have been instructed to isolate, or if you still have symptoms.
You must notify your school and send an email to the Authority at firstname.lastname@example.org providing the following information:
- your name and student ID
- a statement that you have tested positive to COVID-19
- the dates that you must isolate
- the examinations that you will absent due to COVID-19 isolation.
If after your isolation period you no longer have COVID-19 symptoms, you must complete any remaining ATAR course examinations.
When making an application for Sickness/Misadventure due to COVID-19 isolation, attach a copy of the WA Health notice to the application form. A medical practitioner/doctor does not need to complete Section D of the form if a copy of the WA Health notice is attached.
If you still are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms after your isolation period, you must not attend any ATAR course examinations until you feel well. In this instance, you must make an application for Sickness/Misadventure and attach a copy of the WA Health notice for the examinations that you were absent due to COVID-19 isolation and you must also have a medical practitioner/doctor complete Section D for the examination dates that you were absent beyond your COVID-19 isolation period.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Yes. All examinations venues will follow a COVID‑Safe Plan.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you must not go to your examination. Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
Please note COVID-19 does not always present with symptoms, and symptoms may differ from the above.
Take a RAT test and if positive register this result with WA Health. Their response will be used by the Sickness/Misadventure committee to cover your absence from your examination(s).
If the RAT test is negative please take a PCR test – this test, even if negative, will provide you with sufficient evidence to cover you under Sickness/Misadventure should this force you to miss an examination.
If both the RAT and PCR tests are negative and you still have flu like symptoms please seek medical advice (this may be in person or via a telehelp booking). The medical practitioner will have to complete Section D on your Sickness/Misadventure Application Form.
Do NOT go to your ATAR course examination if you are unwell on the day of the examination.
Tell the supervisor that you are not feeling well. They will take you outside the examination room and may ask you to wait in a separate area. They will assist you to call your parents or carers to pick you up. They will provide you with a Sickness/Misadventure Application Form. You must get tested for COVID-19 and stay home until you get your results.
You must NOT come to the examination if:
If you are symptom free you can still sit your examination but you MUST return a negative RAT on the day of the examination and MUST wear a mask at all times.
Should you miss your performance in an examination(s) due to illness, non‑permanent disability or unforeseen misadventure immediately before or during the examination period, you must complete a Sickness/Misadventure Application Form. Part of this form requires independent medical evidence. Once this has been completed and submitted to the Authority a committee will evaluate this evidence.
If your Sickness/Misadventure application is approved, the Authority will calculate a score for the examination(s) that you were absent from.
The Sickness/Misadventure Application Form will be available from your examination venue, your school and from the Authority website.
Schools will ensure that appropriate ventilation is available in all examination venues.
All students sitting ATAR examinations in 2022 can get a COVID‑19 vaccine. Book your first dose before your examination period.
Do not get your first vaccine on the day of an examination or the day before an examination. Vaccines may have mild side effects such as tiredness, headache or fever.
Vaccination is not compulsory. But it is the best way to protect everyone from COVID-19.
- For more information, go to: Healthy WA – COVID-19
- For translations, go to: Translated information about COVID-19.
Before your examinations, do not go to busy places and avoid public transport, if you can.
- Contact the 24-hour COVID-19 hotline on 13 COVID (13 26843).
- Go to COVID-19 symptoms – what to expect
- Speak to your medical practitioner/doctor.
For current requirements and health advice
Visit the WA Department of Health website.
Call the National Coronavirus Helpline – 1800 020 080
If you are making use of social media to stay connected, share information and provide support to each other, bear in mind:
- it is okay to ask questions
- it is important to consider the source of the information
- use your critical literacy skills
- check the validity of sources and content
- if you have questions about your courses, you should contact your school
- if you have questions about the WACE, you should check this website and, if you require further clarification, contact your teacher or the Authority via email@example.com
- it is sometimes useful to turn off or step away from social media.
If you are worried about your studies, family or friends and need support, contact your school. Also be aware of the following services: