Information for Parents – Southern COVID Lockdown
The Tasmanian Government has announced that from 6PM Friday 15 October the Southern Region will enter a short lockdown period. The current advice is that the lockdown is expected to end on Monday 18 October at 6PM. As always, we are following advice from Public Health and should the lockdown period need to be extended, we will keep you updated.
This regional lockdown impacts those schools and people from the Local Government Areas in the Southern Region:
- Brighton Council
- Central Highlands Council
- Clarence City Council
- Derwent Valley Council
- Glamorgan-Spring Bay Council
- Glenorchy City Council
- Hobart City Council
- Huon Valley Council
- Kingborough Council
- Sorell Council
- Southern Midlands Council
- Tasman Council
What this means is that:
- Schools will remain open for students of permitted workers and those who are unable to be supervised or supported at home. Given the short timeframe, schools from kindergarten to year 10 will not be providing structured learning on Monday, however parents and carers may choose to access our Learning at Home website
- On Monday, all senior secondary students (Years 11 and 12) will be supported to learn from home
- Should the lockdown period need to be extended further information relating to student learning will be provided
Hygiene and Preventative Measures
During the lockdown period and until advice from Public Health changes, it is mandatory that face masks must be carried and worn when outside of the home for people aged 12 years and over. Based on findings from lockdowns in other states, the wearing of face masks has been highly effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19.
In our schools students in our secondary and senior secondary schools (students in Years 7-10) will be required to wear a mask. Staff in all schools will be required to wear a mask.
For children attending in person, the expectation is that they will have their own masks; however, if your child attends school and does not have one, the school will supply one from its stock.
In order to limit adults on our school sites, we will recommence our Stop, Drop and Go for pickup and drops off. This means that you will be able to drop your child off at the school entrance, and the school will have plans in place to ensure your child moves to their class. Please follow your school’s advice about where and when to safely drop off and collect your child.
In line with other current preventative measures we encourage everyone to:
- maintain physical distancing where possible
- stay at home if you have any cold and flu symptoms and for parents to arrange a COVID test
- ensure you are wearing a mask if you leave the house
- if you enter a school site make sure you check in using the Check In TAS App
- continue to practice good hygiene by washing your hands regularly and coughing into your elbow.
We have introduced proactive measures to limit the impact of COVID-19 in our schools.
We have a Learning at School Guide for Parents and Carers. The guide provides easy to understand information about what to expect in schools e.g. cleaning, hygiene and adult physical distancing.
We have a FAQ search tool that allows you to search for what you need. It has the ability to quickly and accurately provide guidance and information. This information is also available as a printable FAQs document (PDF, 1.5MB).
In preparation for any learning from home periods, we have developed some handy tips to assist parents.
Alternative language versions are available on our public Translated Information for Parents webpage.
A simple Fact Sheet about Why Our Schools Are Safe is also available.
Talking to Children about COVID-19
You can follow these tips for talking to your child (PDF, 114KB) about coronavirus (COVID-19). They include how to have a safe and reassuring conversation and links to resources to help you and your family to keep on top of COVID.
Another useful resource (PDF, 1.5MB) is courtesy of @mindheart.kids and author, Manuela Molina – a helpful, positive support about COVID-19 to share with children and families.
For up-to-date information, visit:
- Vaccination information | Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- Tasmanian Government Coronavirus website
- Australian Government Coronavirus website
- Tasmanian Department of Education
- Australian Government Department of Health website
- Coronavirus Health Information Line 1800 020 080 (Vaccination information)