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 pools and aquatic facilities on school grounds can be used by schools (in all parts of Victoria), with 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.

Schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire should not use swimming pools outside school grounds.

Schools outside these areas can use local swimming pools outside school grounds and can open their own pools for the use of community members (residing outside areas under Stage 3 restrictions) in line with guidance on community use of facilities.

Camps and excursions

Camps and excursions cannot take place for schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire until further notice.

Schools in rural and regional Victoria except for Mitchell Shire can hold school camps and excursions if they take place outside metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

Assemblies

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

Staggered recess breaks and lunch breaks

Schools will put in place strategies to reduce congestion involving adults during the school day, including staggering school start and finish times, break times and altering the timetable.

Staggered lunch and recess times will reduce mixing of grade levels where possible and also reduce possible congestion in staff rooms.

Where possible, grades and year levels will be allocated to different areas of the school grounds during breaks, to reduce mixing amongst different year levels.

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 capital works and maintenance staff.

Additional staff, including parent volunteers, are discouraged from attending school at this time. Activities dependent on and involving parents (e.g. specialist programs, 1:1 reading) have been cancelled.

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

School tours

Schools are not conducting on-site school tours for prospective students and their families at this time.

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

Follow advice from your child's school about drop-off and pick-up protocols.

You may need to plan for and adapt to altered arrangements to arrive at specified times. You are encouraged to drop your child off without entering the school grounds. Younger children and children with special needs may require some support.

Entry and exit points may be different to limit congestion and prevent mixing between year levels. Your child's school will have signage to guide you.

If you do need to enter the school grounds, you must maintain physical distancing between yourself and other adults and minimise time in or around the school grounds.