Frequently asked questions


​​​​Current operational status

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COVID normal​

Queensland state schools will be operating under COVID normal conditions. However, in some circumstances, schools may be required to implement restrictions. More

Important notices:

  • ​From Friday 9 September 2022, the isolation period for anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will reduce from 7 days to 5 days, as long as the person does not have any symptoms. More
  • COVID-19 vaccination is no longer required in education settings. More
  • Queensland's declared public health emergency has been extended to 11.59pm, 22 September 2022. More
  • ​Close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 must wear a face mask in schools or early childhood services. More

Information regarding operations in state schools and early childhood education and care services during COVID-19 is available on this page. Check out the common topics outlined below.


COVID safe requirements

Who is required to wear a face mask?

Face masks are not required to be worn in Queensland, including at schools and early childhood centres, except for close contacts or anyone following isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19. More information is available on the face masks page.

What are schools doing to keep our children safe?

Schools and early childhood services have a number of measures in place to create a COVID safe environment for our children and staff, including hygiene measures, cleaning, physical distancing and ventilation. More information is available on the creating a COVID safe environment page.

Who is required to be vaccinated for COVID-19?

There is no longer a requirement for workers attending an education setting, including parents, carers, workers and volunteers, to be vaccinated for COVID-19. State schools do not need to verify the vaccination status of visitors, including workers or volunteers, and the Check In Qld app is not required to be used in schools.

COVID case management

Are staff and children considered close contacts?

When determining whether someone is a close contact, schools and early childhood services are not considered a household or household-like accommodation or care facility. Therefore, schools and early childhood services can continue to operate within COVID safe guidelines and staff and children do not need to follow Queensland Health close contact requirements, unless directed to do so. More information is available on the COVID case management page.

How do school staff and students access a rapid antigen test?

Children and staff who are displaying COVID-19 symptoms should attend a Queensland Health testing clinic where they will be prioritised to receive a rapid antigen test. School staff or students who develop COVID-19 symptoms whilst at school will be provided a rapid antigen test to be administered at home. More information is available on the COVID case management page.

What do schools or early childhood services do if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19?

Schools and early childhood services will notify families if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19. This may be via an individual letter or in regular communications such as newsletters. If a child becomes ill whilst at school or their early childhood service, parents will be contacted to collect their child. School students will be given a rapid antigen test to be administered at home. In line with Queensland Health directions, children and staff are required to stay home if unwell, isolate and get tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms. More information is available on the COVID case management page.

Health and wellbeing

How will schools support students who have a medical condition or are immunosuppressed?

Students who are unable to attend school or kindergarten due to medical reasons, including those who are immunosuppressed, will be supported by their school, just as they would in the case of any extended medical absence. Any adjustments advised by a student’s health practitioner will be included in the student's individual health plan. More information is available on the support during isolation page.

How can parents and carers support their children during the pandemic?

Parents and carers should visit the support and advice pages for wellbeing resources, contact details of organisations that can provide assistance and information about talking to children about COVID-19 and supporting students' mental health and wellbeing. More information is available on the support for parents and carers page.

School operations

How do I know what activities can occur at my child’s school?

State schools may be operating at different response levels, depending on the impact of COVID-19 in their local community. Activities such as school sports, performances and functions, and camps and excursions may be impacted by local conditions. Schools will keep their community informed of local arrangements. More information is available on the school operations pages.

Early childhood

What can I do to support my young child to understand the impacts of COVID-19?

Parents and carers are encouraged to access the resources available to support children, including talking to your child about COVID-19. More information is available on the support for parents and carers page.

Last updated 27 September 2022