Back to School FAQs


Good morning parents and caregivers 

I sincerely hope you are all continuing to stay safe and well.

With the release of the Queensland Government's Back to School Plan, I felt it best to provide you a set of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) in response to this plan as it relates to Benowa State High School.

The Queensland Back to School 2022 plan is now posted on our school website​.

The release of the government's plan provides a direction that intends to support all students and staff as we commence onsite learning from next Monday, 7 February. Year level information for next week's commencement will be sent home to you tomorrow.

For our new Year 7 students and all other new students in the school, we will provide special advice on where you need to come into the school and where you will meet a range of staff and students who will assist you to join your Head of House and House student leaders on your first morning.

Who needs to wear a face mask?

Currently, all high school students, including those who are under 12 years of age, all school staff (primary and high school), along with volunteers, family members, contractors and other visitors are required to wear masks at while at school.

Face masks may be removed in some circumstances (e.g. if seated or if physical distancing can be maintained).

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 should an exemption be applicable to your child.

Does physical distancing apply to students and staff?

When working with children, staff are not required to physically distance from students, including those aged 18 years or older. Students who are 18 years or older are able to interact at school in the same way as their younger peers.

What support is available for student wellbeing?

Our Student Support Services Team will continue to be alert to the wellbeing needs of students. If parents are concerned about their child's wellbeing they should contact the school, or email

What if my child has a medical condition or is medically vulnerable and unable to attend school?

Students who are unable to attend school due to medical reasons (supporting documentation required) will be supported. Please contact the appropriate House Deputy Principal via email, including supporting medical evidence.

What if my child is unwell?

Any child who is showing signs of illness or feeling unwell, must stay at home. If they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, visit the Queensland Health website to determine the right test for their situation.

If your child is showing signs of illness at school, we will immediately contact you to collect your child. There is a new Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) protocol that is explained in the Back to School plan.

Do I come to school to collect a RAT if my child is sick at home?

No. All students who are sick or showing COVID-19 symptoms should visit a Queensland Health testing clinic . The department has advised that students will be prioritised to collect a RAT and be able to take it home to administer.

If the test result is negative and they are well, the student can return to school. If the test is positive, you must follow Queensland Health quarantine and isolation requirements.

Are teachers expected to provide remote learning to unwell children?

No. If your child is unwell, they should rest and recover. Students and families can access teaching and learning on the learning@home site.

What will happen in the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a school?

The Department of Education will follow the advice and requirements from Queensland Health, and will work with our school community to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of staff, students and visitors are prioritised. Students who test positive are currently required to isolate for 7 days.

What if there is insufficient staff to supervise students?

Our school has plans in place to ensure continuity of learning for all students and to minimise disruption to student learning. We will communicate regularly with our school community regarding our school's individual circumstances.

There may be times when we need to adjust the timetable, combine classes, or bring in relief staff to manage any workforce challenges. There may even be a need to close a school on departmental or health advice — in the same manner we would normally take for other health related concerns.

Will sporting events be continuing?

Yes. Sporting events will continue on and off school sites

Except where restrictions are in place, schools will be able to conduct school sport programs, including inter-school and representative competitions, for both indoor and outdoor sports following health and safety requirements to ensure these events are COVID safe.

Are rehearsals and performances allowed for instrumental music programs, ensembles and choirs?

Yes, the school is able to conduct its instrumental music programs, ensembles and choir rehearsals, following COVID safe measures.

Whilst I am certain that I have not responded to all questions, I will continue to update the FAQs based upon staff feedback on questions asked.

Stay safe.

Yours sincerely,
Mark Rickard
Executive Principal  

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Last reviewed 03 February 2022
Last updated 03 February 2022