Face coverings in schools

Based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government announced that mandatory wearing of face coverings will extend to all of Victoria from 11.59pm Sunday 2 August. This means everyone over the age of 12 must wear a face covering when they leave their home for one of four reasons:

  • study or work — if you cannot work from home
  • medical care and caregiving
  • shopping for essentials
  • daily exercise.

Face coverings are also recommended in situations where maintaining 1.5 metres of physical distance is not possible in enclosed spaces.

For information about face coverings, visit the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website

Face coverings for staff and students in schools

All school-based staff must wear face coverings at school, and when travelling to and from school.

Teachers and education support staff

Teachers and education support staff will not be required to wear face coverings while teaching, but those who wish to do so, can. Teachers should wear face coverings in other areas of the school when not teaching (for example, in the staffroom, on yard duty and when providing first aid or taking temperatures), and when travelling to and from school.

Students

Students who attend primary school for on-site supervision, including students in Prep to Year 6 who attend a P-12 school, will not be required to wear a face covering. Students who are aged 12 or over by Year 6 will not be required to wear face coverings.

Exemptions

Some students and staff are exempt from these requirements, this includes students who attend specialist schools, are over the age of 12 and are unable to wear a face covering due to the nature of their disability. This also includes students or staff who have a medical condition, such as problems with their breathing, a serious skin condition on the face, a disability or a mental health condition.

Read about specific exemptions from these requirements.

Parents and carers

Parents and carers will be required to wear face coverings whenever they leave the house, including for school drop off and pick up. If they are travelling in a car alone, or only with members of their household, they do not need to wear a mask.

Use of personal protective equipment in education

School staff should refer to guidance for the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in education to determine when additional PPE is required. Education login is required.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline

The Department’s coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, call 1800 338 663.