Managing the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission in school boarding premises

The Department has published advice for school boarding premises on managing the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission in their facilities.

This advice has been updated since the introduction of Stage 4 restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and Stage 3 restrictions in rural and regional Victoria.

School boarding premises should seek to minimise the number of students in attendance at their facility. It is strongly recommended that all students residing at school boarding premises who can safely and practically return to their family home should do so.

Where it is not possible, practical or safe for students to return home (for example for international students, or students interstate where it is not possible for parents to quarantine with their child), school boarding premises should continue to operate with health and safety precautions in place. The advice for school boarding premises includes guidance on transmission reduction strategies for students and staff, in addition to guidance on facility management. School boarding premises must also follow Health and safety advice for all Victorian schools and the Chief Health Officer's Workplace Directions.

School boarding premises must also undertake and continue to review a specific systematic risk assessment and mitigation process to manage the risk specific to that facility, including risk to boarders and staff. The Department has published an updated risk assessment template that school boarding premises can use as a guide to undertake a risk assessment of their facility. This risk assessment is required in addition to any COVIDSafe Plan that a school boarding premises undertakes. COVIDSafe Plans are intended to help workplaces to protect their staff and visitors to prevent and prepare for a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in the workplace.

School boarding premises are also being encouraged to create individual action plans for each student and staff member in attendance, outlining steps to be taken if they are a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.

Managing the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) in school boarding premises