The Victorian Government has announced some important changes to COVID Safe measures for schools that will apply from the start of Term 2, 2022.
From 11:59 pm Friday 22 April, face masks, while recommended, are not required in any school setting. This means students in grades 3 to 6, staff and visitors in primary schools are no longer required to wear face masks. Any student or staff member who wishes to wear a mask may do so, including those who are medically at-risk.
Students who have tested positive for COVID-19, and have completed their 7-day isolation period, now do not need to undertake rapid antigen test (RAT) screening for 12 weeks after their release from isolation. This was previously 8 weeks.
Students who are household contacts of a COVID-19 case are not required to quarantine. They may return to school as long as they undertake rapid antigen tests (RAT) 5 times during their 7-day period. They are required to notify the school that they are a household contact.
Students aged 8 years and above who are household contacts are required to wear face masks when indoors at school unless they have a valid exemption.
If a student household contact returns a positive RAT result, they must isolate for 7 days.
Vaccination requirements for visitors to schools
Parents, carers and other adult visitors (not performing work) are no longer required to show evidence of two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
RAT screening program reminder
RATs will continue to be supplied for the first 4 weeks of Term 2 to support the early detection of COVID-19 in our school.
The testing recommendations will remain the same this Term for students and staff with:
- mainstream schools – recommended to test at home twice a week
- specialist schools – recommended to test 5 days a week at home due to the higher risk of severe illness for medically vulnerable children.
24/7 COVID_19 Hotline
If you suspect you may have COVID-19 call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398 – open 24 hours, 7 days. The COVID Safe Information hotline diverts to the national hotline every day from 8pm to 8am. For emergencies only call Triple Zero (000).
DET COVID_19 Hotline
Ask questions about COVID_19 and education settings by calling 1800 338 663 (8:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday, excluding public holidays).
Keeping Safe – What you need to keep doing!
- Practice good hygiene and regularly and thoroughly wash your hands.
- Maintain physical distancing, keep at least 1.5 metres away from others.
- Recommended to carry a face mask when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to. It is strongly recommended you wear one whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others.
- Wear a face mask when required, unless a lawful exception applies.
- If you feel unwell do not go to work or school.
- Contact school and report any Covid_19 related absences.
- RA test and get tested at a nearby testing location. Return home immediately.
- If you are worried you will lose pay while you wait for test result or you have tested positive and need to self-isolate you may be eligible for a worker support payment.
- If your condition worsens contact your GP or a health professional. If you become very unwell and are having trouble breathing contact triple zero, you may need to be admitted to hospital.
Source: Victorian Government. Staying Safe accessed 1/12/21.
Management of COVID-19 In Schools
Visit the Victorian Government Management of COVID_19 in schools site for up-to-date information on how schools will manage confirmed or suspected COVID_19 cases.
Victoria’s Back-to-School Plan – Download Here
COVID_19 Safety Management Plan
For further Department of Health and Human Services Daily Updates visit:
For further Department of Health and Human Services translated information visit Translated Coronavirus (COVID_19) Resources
For advice and assistance in relation to Coronavirus for parents/guardians/carer, please visit the Department of Education and Training (DET) COVID_19 Advice for Parents/Carers page.
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In Victorian government schools the management of ‘personal information’ and ‘health information’ is governed by the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) and Health Records Act 2001 (Vic) (collectively, Victorian privacy law). This policy explains how our school collects and manages personal and health information, consistent with Victorian privacy law.