Management of coronavirus (COVID-19) at schools

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​If staff or children show coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms when they return to school

If a member of school staff or a child has symptoms matching those of coronavirus (COVID-19) they will be asked to go home and get tested.

Symptoms include:

  • fever
  • chills or sweats
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath
  • runny nose
  • loss or change in sense of smell or taste.

Sometimes a headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may also be considered a symptom.

Isolation and supervision

School staff, children or young people at school showing any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be isolated in a suitable space with supervision and collected by a parent or carer as soon as possible.

Staff protection and hygiene

If the child cannot remain isolated while waiting to be collected, the staff member looking after them will wear a mask and carry out frequent hand hygiene.

If staff, a child or family member is diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19)

We have procedures in place with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to manage suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in schools.

Immediate action

School will contact us if a child or staff member:

  • is a confirmed case
  • has been in close contact with a confirmed case.

Close contact

DHHS defines 'close contact' as someone who has either:

  • had at least 15 minutes of face-to-face contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • shared a closed space for more than two hours with someone who is a confirmed case.

What your child's school will do

If your child's school is directly impacted by a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19), we will work with DHHS to confirm what the school needs to do. This may include the school closing for a short time while an investigation and contact tracing takes place. DHHS may recommend a deep clean of the school. All surfaces, furniture and equipment will be disinfected with hospital-grade disinfectant as part of the deep clean. The school will be made operational as soon as possible.