Changes to day-to-day school activities

School sports

In line with community advice, schools should use reasonable precautions to reduce the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission in the context of sport and recreation.

Reducing mixing between and within schools is recommended as a precautionary measure to minimise risk of spread of transmission and aid containment in the rare event of a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) on site. Activities such as interschool sport that involve students from different schools should not take place or be replaced. 

Outdoor facilities are preferred for the purpose of physical education and recreational play. Non-contact sports should be encouraged. Hand hygiene must be practised before and after use of any sporting equipment.

Swimming and aquatic facilities may now be used, in line with DHHS advice on eased restrictions. Indoor and outdoor swimming pools can be opened to a maximum of 20 people per separate enclosed space and a limit of 3 persons per lane in each pool. For more information see the DHHS Sport and exercise page.

Camps and excursions

Activities such as camps, excursions and incursions should not be conducted until further advice is provided by the Department.

Assemblies

School assemblies and other non-essential gatherings should be deferred or adapted using technology.

Staggered recess breaks and lunch breaks

Schools should consider and put in place strategies to reduce congestion involving adults during the school day. This includes but should not be limited to examples such as school start and finish times. This may involve staggering break times or altering the timetable.

Staff should maintain physical distancing from each other in the reception area, staff rooms and offices.

Staff workstations should be spaced out and the number of staff in offices managed to enable physical distancing of 1.5m where possible. This might mean temporarily re-locating staff to other workspaces.

It is also important for schools to consider other locations within the school grounds where adults interact such as the car park, school office or canteen, and develop strategies for these locations.

Parents and students should also consider maintaining physical distancing where possible outside the school gates at places such as at bus stops, train stations, carparks and on public transport.

Visitors on school grounds

Visitors to school grounds should be limited to those delivering or supporting essential school services and operations, such as school staff, student health and wellbeing service providers, pre-service teachers undertaking placements, external support services, Department staff cleaners and essential facilities and maintenance staff.

Contractors undertaking capital and other maintenance related works should also continue to attend.

Additional staff, including parent volunteers, are discouraged from attending school at this time.

School visits will resume to normal when restrictions within Victoria are lifted.

Public transport

To keep transport staff and passengers safe, there is increased cleaning on all train, tram and bus services throughout the day, as well as at stations. This increased cleaning regime will be in place for as long as it is needed.

On the roads, school speed zones will operate as usual throughout Victoria. School crossing supervisors will also continue to help students and staff move around schools and roads safely.

Visit PTV to plan your journey and for more information on public transport safety and coronavirus (COVID-19) initiatives. 

Visit VicRoads for updates on the road network.

Changes to school drop-off and pick-up times

Parents should follow any advice from their school regarding drop-off and pick-up protocols.

Where possible, parents are encouraged to drop their children off without entering the school grounds, noting that younger children and children with special needs may require some support.

Where parents do need to enter the school grounds, they must maintain physical distancing between themselves and other adults.

All teachers will return to work on-site

All school staff will return on-site at the beginning of Stage 1 on Monday 25 May, unless they have a medical certificate indicating they are unfit for or unable to return to work on-site.

The return of all staff will better enable schools to adapt to the staged return and ensure a smooth transition back to on-site schooling for all students.

From Tuesday 26 May, staff teaching Grades 3 to 6 and Years 7 to 10 will continue to deliver remote and flexible learning, but from school rather than from home.