Keeping safe at school – parents and carers guide

A safe learning environment is our top priority.

If your child has symptoms, stay at home and get tested

If your child is unwell, please keep them home and get tested using a rapid antigen test (RAT) provided by their school. Watch this How to use a RAT video or refer to this infographic (accessible text version). In the information pamphlet contained in your RAT, under section 6.0 there is an instruction stating ‘you must take a laboratory PCR test immediately’ if your RAT tests positive. Public Health has advised that school staff and students do not need to do a PCR test if their RAT tests positive.

What we’re doing to stay COVID-safe 

Proactive measures are in place to limit the impact of COVID-19 in our schools. These include: 

Increased hygiene practices 

Good hygiene practices help slow the spread of COVID-19. This means: 

  • staying at home when you’re sick and getting tested 
  • regular handwashing and sanitising 
  • avoid sharing drinks or food 
  • frequent cleaning in schools, particularly on high-touch surfaces 
  • plenty of supply of soap, hand sanitiser, paper towels and disinfectant wipes. 

Abiding by physical distancing requirements 

In schools, all adults will maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres from each other. However, physical distancing rules do not apply for students in schools as per public health advice

Vaccination of all Department of Education staff 

All Department of Education staff, including volunteers and contractors, are vaccinated.  

Increased ventilation in classrooms and use of air purifiers  

We know that increased ventilation to enhance airflow indoors helps reduce the spread of COVID-19. That’s why air purifiers will continue to be used in classrooms, with schools supplied with additional units for Term 2, as well as use of open windows if cool climate allows.

Use of outdoor learning areas 

Schools will take advantage of outdoor learning opportunities to ensure fresh air flow, dependent on cool climate. 

Safe site management 

Non-essential visitors will be limited. Schools regularly review their COVID-19 safety plans, and have clear procedures in place to manage any confirmed COVID-19 cases. You will receive information directly from your school should there be a closure.

Wearing face masks 

Face masks will be worn, in line with public health advice. Wearing face masks is a key strategy to help slow the spread of COVID-19. All schools have plenty of supply of face masks. 

The combined effect of these measures ensure we are providing safe places for our learners, staff and the wider community. 

This information is available in the downloadable Keeping our learners, clients and staff safe factsheet

Why it’s important to send your kids to school 

As we transition to learning to live with COVID-19 in our community, it’s important children are still attending school regularly. Being at school improves learning and health and wellbeing outcomes. 

All students should be at school unless: 

  • they’re feeling unwell 
  • have medical advice which states they’re unable to return to school due to an ongoing medical condition 
  • they’ve been directed to stay home by Public Health. 

Watch our new television commercial to see why being at school is the best place for our kids.

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