Queensland’s Back to School plans released
New measures will be implemented across Queensland to help students, teachers and staff return safely to schools on Monday, 7 February 2022.
Masks will continue to be required for all staff and students at high schools – and highly encouraged for primary school students in Year 3 and above – when classes resume.
Rapid antigen tests will also be available to students and staff who develop symptoms at school, while those who develop symptoms at home will have priority access to rapid antigen tests at Queensland Health clinics.
Key features of the Back to School plan include:
- mask wearing for all high school students and staff in line with the existing mandate
- masks available and strongly encouraged for primary school students in Year 3 and above
- a range of ventilation measures including air purifiers as required.
Temporary measures for the first four weeks of term include:
- rapid antigen tests available in school for students and staff who develop symptoms while on site
- priority access to rapid antigen tests for students and staff at Queensland Health clinics
- rapid antigen tests provided to staff entering remote communities
- suspension of school camps, excursions, assemblies and large gatherings
- limiting of visitors on school sites, with exceptions for parents and carers of children with vulnerabilities, and all students attending Early Childhood Development Programs, Kindergarten, Prep and Year 1
- staggered drop off times and special drop off zones.