When to wear a face mask at school
Please regularly check the Queensland Government website to stay up-to-date with the current COVID-19 restrictions for wearing face masks as this advice can change frequently. As at 04/02/22.
Currently, all high school students, including those who are under 12 years of age, need to wear a mask both indoors and outdoors, unless they are seated or are able to maintain a 1.5m distance from others. Students are expected to arrive with their own mask.
- Walking around at any time within 1.5m of others – mask on
- Walking into any building – mask on
- Enter a classroom - mask on. Sit down in class – mask off (students may leave their mask on whilst seated if they prefer)
- School meal breaks. Canteen line – mask on
- School meal breaks. Sitting down to eat/drink – mask off
The Queensland Health video protecting yourself and the community: mask-wearing for adolescents will help students to understand why wearing a face mask is important. It provides tips for the kind of mask to wear and how to wear it properly.
There are a number of exceptions to wearing face masks, including for children under 12 (unless they are in Year 7) and people with particular medical conditions or disabilities. Please email Racheal McAlpine on firstname.lastname@example.org an exemption be applicable to your student.
School staff are required to wear masks while standing or moving about indoors, but may remove their mask when seated or if able to maintain physical distancing of 1.5m from others while teaching or interacting with students or children. When outdoors, face masks can be removed if physical distancing of 1.5m from others can be maintained.
Walk into any building – mask on
Stand and teach – 1.5m from others – mask off (staff may choose to keep their mask on whilst teaching)
Sitting in the classroom – 1.5m from others – mask off ((staff may choose to keep their mask on whilst seated in the classroom)
Moving around the classroom amongst students – mask on
Walking outdoors within 1.5m of others – mask on
Outdoors – 1.5m from others – mask off (staff may choose to keep their mask on whilst physically distanced from others)
Volunteers, family members, contractors and other visitors
Volunteers, family members, contractors and other visitors are required to wear a face mask while on school grounds, unless they are seated or physical distancing of 1.5m can be maintained.
Dedicated school transport
Face masks must be worn by anyone travelling on dedicated school transport services. These services are for students to travel to and from school and school-related or outside school hours care activities such as inter-school sport, excursions and camps. Services include specialist school transport for students with disability in minibus and taxi services.