COVID-safe schools plan now available

The Department of Education has released its COVID-safe schools operational plan which outlines how Tasmanian Government schools will continue to safely manage COVID-19 for the remainder of Term 1, 2022.

Following on from the Return to school operational plan (Weeks 1–5), this next plan sets out Weeks 6–10 and builds on everything we have learnt and implemented since the start of the pandemic.

As we transition to living with COVID-19 in our community, this forward planning helps ensure our schools can stay open in a safe and measured way – making every day of student learning count.

After a positive start to the school year, many measures will continue for the rest of Term, as a multi-pronged approach to managing COVID-19 in schools has been critical.

Key measures in this latest plan are as follows:

  • Face-to-face learning will continue with COVID-safe measures in place. If students need to isolate due to COVID-19, they can learn at home via the Virtual Learning Centre.
  • Students with disability that have complex health needs will continue to be supported by their school with individual learning plans.
  • Regular school and learning activities will continue in a COVID-safe manner.
  • Testing for COVID-19 when you have symptoms will continue. Students and staff will have access to rapid antigen tests at their school, to use if they have symptoms.
  • COVID-19 cases will be safely managed by Public Health. Every school has a dedicated COVID-19 support person, who works closely with Public Health if there are COVID-19 cases. Families will be contacted directly about any COVID-19 impacts at their school.
  • Workforce planning strategies are in place to ensure there are enough staff in schools.
  • Face mask requirements will continue, in line with Public Health advice – wearing a face mask if you’re 12+ years.

When COVID-safe measures are in place, and everyone does their part and works together, students are given the best learning opportunities.

Each school is different, and the Department will continue working closely with school communities to support them with managing COVID-19 in their own context.

For more information, and to access the COVID-safe schools operational plan, visit the Department of Education website.