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Face masks

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​​​​​W​hen to wear a face mask

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.

Posters regarding wearing face masks are available in multiple languages​.

High school students

All high school students including those who are under 12 years of age, need to wear a mask both indoors and outdoors, including on dedicated school transport*, unless they are seated or are able to maintain a 1.5 metre distance from others.

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.

School staff (primary and high school)

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.

Staff can access information regarding using a face mask and shield (departmental employees only)​ as well as strategies for minimising voice strain and tips to help teaching with a mask (departmental employees only).

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.​

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* Dedicated school transport 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.​​​

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Last updated 27 January 2022