COVID-safe measures are in place in our schools, libraries and Child and Family Learning Centres.
The Department’s COVID-safe schools plan for Term 3 sets out how we’ll continue to safely manage COVID-19 in schools.
A safe learning environment is our top priority
If your child is unwell, please keep them home and get tested. Use a rapid antigen test (RAT) provided by your school. Watch this how to use a RAT video or refer to this infographic (accessible text version).
COVID-safe measures in our schools include:
- increased hygiene practices
- physical distancing
- highly vaccinated workforce
- safe site management
- increased ventilation in classrooms and use of air purifiers
- outdoor learning
- wearing face masks, when required.
Students with a disability and who are medically vulnerable will be supported by their school – see this factsheet.
School attendance is important
Being at school is the best place for our kids. It’s where they learn and grow alongside their friends, and where they benefit the most. Our new television commercial shows the benefits of attending school regularly. Going to school supports academic success. It also helps build important social skills, relationships and confidence.
All students should be at school unless:
- they’re feeling unwell
- have medical advice due to an ongoing medical condition
- they’ve been directed to stay home by Public Health.
Your common questions answered
See the Frequently asked questions for parents and carers. This page will be continually updated.
Supporting health and wellbeing
It’s important to talk to your kids about COVID-19 and what you can do as a family to help slow the spread. This resource may help – How to talk to your child about COVID-19. Emerging Minds, Beyond Blue and Red Cross offer tips for parents and carers on talking to children about COVID-19.
Please seek professional help if needed. Support services include Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800, Lifeline on 13 11 14 and Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.
Learning from home
If your child needs to isolate due to COVID-19, and if they’re feeling well, they can access the Virtual Learning Centre. To support families with learning from home, check out the following tips:
For the latest information visit:
- Tasmanian Government Coronavirus website
- Australian Government Department of Health website
- Tasmanian Government COVID-19 vaccination website.
- Department of Education’s intranet (link for staff)
- General COVID-19 enquiries – Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738
- Vaccination information – National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080
- Catholic or Independent school related COVID-19 enquiries – Catholic Education Tasmania on 03 6210 8888 or Independent Schools Tasmania on 03 6224 0125.
- Department of Education COVID Support Hotline – COVID19support@education.tas.gov.au or on 1800 816 057 (if you can’t find an answer in the Frequently Asked Questions).