As you would be aware, the Premier has announced that, thanks to the efforts of people in the affected Local Government Areas (LGAs) and the efforts of those who adhered to home quarantine requirements, from 4pm Friday 20 August there will be an easing of restrictions.
Some key changes in schools with the easing of restrictions in the 11 LGAs include:
Parents/carers on school site
Parents/carers and visitors will now be allowed back on school sites, with the requirement they adhere to the ongoing direction regarding the wearing of masks.
This means masks must be worn by all adults inside school buildings (unless they can stay 1.5m apart from other people) but may be removed outdoors, as long as they can keep 1.5 metres apart from other people.
Assemblies and other large group activities including instrumental music groups, choirs, performances, extra curricula sporting activities, and dancing are permitted, adhering to COVID-19 health directions including wearing of masks.
If students are able to remain 1.5 metres apart from others during these activities they are able to remove their mask.
Sport and excursions
Interschool sport and excursions are permitted.
Wearing face masks
In the 11 LGAs masks must be carried by all adults and all secondary aged students.
Masks must be worn by teachers and staff (all schools), plus students in high school in the 11 LGAs, unless you can stay 1.5 metres apart from other people. This applies to both indoors and outdoors.
Based on this advice, and the difficulty of implementing a 1.5 metre rule in classrooms, it is expected that secondary students will continue to wear masks in classroom settings in most cases for another week unless health advice determines otherwise.
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 contact the relevant Deputy Principal or Head of Year regarding any questions you have about mask wearing.
Stay up to date by regularly checking the Queensland Government COVID-19 website .
The lifting of restrictions will be welcome news for many. However, we must continue to remain COVID safe.
As always, I will continue to update you on any further developments as they arise.