Response to COVID-19

We are currently staying COVIDSafe.

All schools are open for face-to-face learning. Victoria’s pandemic declaration and associated pandemic orders ceased from 11:59pm on Wednesday 12 October 2022.

COVID-19 Testing and Reporting

From 13 October, there will be changes to how we deal with COVID-19 at school.

Becoming sick at school

Where learners become symptomatic at school, they should:

  • be collected by their parents/carers and taken home.
  • undergo testing for COVID-19.

Parents will be provided with a RAT if a child goes home (if available).

It is important that you stay at home if you’re unwell.

Isolation requirements

It is strongly recommended that learners:

  • who test positive for COVID-19 should stay home and isolate for five days.
  • should not attend school after five days if still symptomatic.
  • who are symptomatic, but have not tested positive, should not attend school.

Positive tests

If your child tests positive:

  1. It is strongly recommended that you report the result through the Department of Health system or via the coronavirus hotline at 1800 675 398.
  2. Notify the school by completing the Absence Form. If you choose to keep your child at home, please provide a date that they will return to school. If you do not give a date, you will need to notify the school each day that your child is away (as normal for absences).
  3. It is strongly recommended that your child isolates for 5 days (or longer if still symptomatic).

Household contacts

Children who are household contacts of a COVID-19 case are not required to isolate, however it is strongly recommended that household contacts test 3 times over 7 days.

If your child is a household contact, please call to let us know.

Face Masks

The Department of Health strongly recommends that masks should be worn by a person who is a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 when leaving home.

Additionally, the Department strongly recommends that masks should be worn by a person who has COVID-19 for 10 days after a positive test when they need to leave home.

Staff and learners who wish to wear a face mask can still do so, and we will continue to make face masks available for staff, learners and visitors. It continues to be strongly recommended that masks are worn indoors.

Managing student illness in schools during coronavirus

Updated: 27 May

One of the most important things we can do is to stay at home when we are unwell, even when we have the mildest cold or flu-like symptoms.

This is especially important for learners continuing to attend on site at school.

The factsheet has been developed by the Department of Health and Safer Care Victoria and contains information for parents and carers that:

  • if a child is unwell, even with the mildest symptoms, they must stay home
  • if a child has any of the listed symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, they will be sent home
  • a child must stay at home until they are symptom-free, even if their COVID-19 test is negative
  • children do not need a medical certificate before returning to school.