COVID-19

COVID-safe measures are in place in our schools, libraries and Child and Family Learning Centres.

Our approach

The Department’s COVID-safe schools operational plan (PDF, 516KB) shows what schools are doing to safely manage COVID-19.

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. Watch this video to see why going to school regularly is important.

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.

Supporting health and wellbeing

It’s important to talk to your kids about COVID-19. This resource may help – How to talk to your child about COVID-19Emerging MindsBeyond 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:  

More information 

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