COVID-safe measures are in place at all of our sites.
Our COVID-safe schools plan 2023 (PDF, 188KB) sets out how we’ll continue to safely manage COVID-19 in schools. It’s regularly reviewed to keep up to date and comply with Public Health advice. While this plan has been developed for schools, the COVID-safe measures are practical and apply to any Department for Education, Children and Young People (DECYP) site.
All DECYP sites are maintaining COVID-safe measures. These measures include encouraging COVID-safe behaviours, maintaining safe sites, engaging with families, managing risks related to activities on sites, school travel and vulnerable students.
- Do not come to school if unwell – this applies to staff, students and visitors.
- Staff, students and visitors are asked to follow all COVID-safe behaviours, particularly as they apply to their personal circumstances.
- Keep your hands clean by using soap and water or hand sanitiser.
- All students, staff and visitors are supported to wear masks should they choose to.
- Consider wearing a face mask indoors where you cannot physically distance from others.
- If you feel unwell, then test.
- Rapid antigen tests (RATs) are available in schools for students and staff.
- Maintain a supply of RATs in your home in case you become unwell.
- Staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines helps protect you from severe illness due to COVID-19.
- Staff, students and visitors are encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and influenza (the flu).
Supporting COVID-safe behaviours
- Hand sanitiser is available at all sites.
- Face masks are readily available on site for anyone to use.
- Spaces are well-ventilated through natural airflow where possible.
- Other mechanical equipment is also used to promote airflow and improve ventilation.
- Schools will take advantage of outdoor learning opportunities.
- Frequent cleaning is undertaken, particularly on high-touch surfaces.
- Families and volunteers are welcome in schools, for indoor and outdoor activities and events, as long as they do not have symptoms, practise COVID-safe behaviours and follow any school advice.
- Events and activities include engaging in parent-teacher meetings, Launching into Learning, school assemblies, musical and drama productions, prize evenings and attending sporting events.
- Schools may need to implement additional risk mitigations for events and activities to minimise the risk of COVID-19, such as limiting the number of attendees or requiring physical distancing.
- When COVID-19 cases in a class increase more than expected, families will be communicated with. This is important to help support vulnerable family members.
- All school activities can occur as long as the risks associated with COVID-19 are managed. This includes excursions (day and overnight), school camps, fairs and carnivals, productions, assemblies and prize nights.
- Activities should encourage COVID-safe behaviours and factor in the COVID-19 risk in the community at that time.
- Depending on the level of risk of the activity or in the community, additional consideration may be required to ensure spaces are well-ventilated, face masks are readily available, physical distancing is supported and the numbers of participants are limited.
- Staff can come together for staff meetings or professional development with COVID-safe measures in place to manage risks. All staff are to practise COVID-safe behaviours. This includes not attending the workplace when experiencing symptoms.
- Intrastate travel, including overnight excursions and camps, can go ahead with appropriate Department approval and a risk mitigation plan.
Interstate and international travel for school groups
- Interstate travel can go ahead in Term 1 with a comprehensive risk assessment and contingency plan in place.
- International travel for school groups can recommence from Term 2, 2023. Overseas travel is subject to a robust risk assessment and contingency plan.
- Department approval must be sought for interstate and international travel.
- Considerations for travelling must be revised prior to departure to ensure the risk assessment remains up to date.
- All Tasmanians have a role to protect the vulnerable. By following COVID-safe behaviours and staying home when unwell, you help protect vulnerable students from the impacts of COVID-19.
- School staff wear masks when working closely with students known to be medically vulnerable to COVID-19.
- Staff do not provide direct support to students medically vulnerable to COVID-19 for at least seven days from testing positive to COVID-19.
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.
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.
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-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.
For the latest information visit:
- General COVID-19 enquiries – Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738
- Catholic or Independent school related COVID-19 enquiries – Catholic Education Tasmania on 03 6210 8888 or Independent Schools Tasmania on 03 6224 0125
- DECYP COVID-19 Support Hotline – COVID19support@decyp.tas.gov.au or on 1800 816 057 (if you can’t find an answer in the Frequently Asked Questions).