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Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination information​​​From 11.59pm 23 January 2022, mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for all people working or delivering a service at a school or early childhood education and care setting. This includes contractors, volunteers regulators and auditors. Workers will need to have received 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccination by 17 December 2021 and the second dose by 23 January 2022. Learn more about the vaccination requirements for workers in high risk settings​.​

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Vaccinations

Mandatory vaccinations for any a​dult attending any education facility

From 11.59pm 23 January 2022, mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for all people working or delivering a service at a school or early childhood education and care setting. This includes contractors, volunteers regulators and auditors. Learn more about the vaccination requirements for workers in high risk settings​.

Workers entering education settings, including schools, kindergartens and childcare centres, will need to have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination by the 17 December 2021 and the second by the 23 January 2022.

How do I register for a vaccination?

To register for the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the Queensland Health vaccination registration page or call 134 COVID (134 268).

Parents of children aged 12–15 years should register their child as a dependent​.

Who is eligible for t​he COVID-19 vaccine?

Anyone aged 12 years and over can receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

More information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and getting vaccinated, visit the Queensland Health website​.

Queensland​ border restrictions

Students and children

Students and children who live in a non-restricted LGA in the New South Wales border zone, you can cross between NSW and Queensland to attend school, childcare, university or any other educational institution for the purpose of receiving instruction or care. This includes kindergarten or Early Childhood Development Programs (ECDP) and registered training organisations (RTO). A parent or carer can also cross the border to transport a child to or from these facilities. All persons entering Queensland must ensure they comply to Queensland Health border pass requirements.

If you are travelling to Queensland from a restricted border zone, COVID-19 hotspot or an interstate exposure venue, further restrictions may apply.

Children under 18 years who are Queensland residents and in the care of the state, are permitted to re-enter Queensland to fulfil statutory care obligations.

What if my child cannot cross the border?

If your child is unable to travel to Queensland, you should contact your child’s school for advice around their learning program.

Students can also access the learning@home​ website for information, advice and learning materials to support students with their learning outside of the classroom.

Boarding school students

Queensland Health has published a class exemption to facilitate the travel of boarding school students in and out of Queensland. This allows students who attend a boarding school in a restricted border zone, COVID-19 hotspot or an interstate exposure venue, to be safely return to Queensland.

However, the student and any accompanying adult:

  • will be required to undertake 14 days quarantine at a standalone private residence or government-nominated accommodation once they arrive in Queensland, along with anyone who will be staying at the quarantine location
  • while in quarantine, only leave the accommodation for limited reasons, such as to get a COVID-19 test or in the case of an emergency. You will not be permitted to go shopping (even for essential items) or have visitors.

Interstate residents​ (PDF, 245KB) are also permitted to enter Queensland for the purpose of collecting a student from a Queensland school to return to their residence outside of Queensland at the end of the 2021 school year.

All persons entering Queensland must ensure they comply with Queensland Health border pass​ requirements.

Staff

A staff member who lives in a non-restricted LGA in the New South Wales border zone, can cross between NSW and Queensland to attend work at a school, childcare, university or any other educational institution. This includes those delivering instruction for a kindergarten, Early Childhood Development Program (ECDP) or registered training organisation (RTO). All persons entering Queensland must ensure they comply with Queensland Health border pass requirements.​​

If you are travelling to Queensland from a restricted border zone, COVID-19 hotspot or an interstate exposure venue, further restrictions may apply.

What if a staff member cannot cross the bord​er?

Staff members who is unable to travel to Queensland should contact their supervisor, manager or principal to discuss work arrangements, including any equipment they may need.

If you are unable to undertake work whilst you are within a hotspot and cannot cross the border into Queensland, you are able to utilise your leave entitlements. If you are unable to utilise your leave entitlements, please discuss options with your supervisor, manager or principal Please refer to the COVID-19 leave entitlements for further information.

Contractors

Contractors who are engaged to undertake work in a Queensland state school and are located in a non-restricted LGA in the New South Wales border zone, can cross between NSW and Queensland to work at a school, childcare, university or any other educational institution. All persons entering Queensland must ensure they comply with Queensland Health border pass requirements.

Contractors who are unable to travel to Queensland, should contact their Department of Education representative to discuss the impact on the work required and agreed timeframes.

School operations

Support for students in isolation/quarantine

If your child is required to quarantine or isolate, please contact your child's school to enquire about the assistance available based on your child’s specific requirements. The department's learning@home website also provides valuable resources. We will support students to ensure continuity of learning for those impacted by COVID-19.

School buses operating in the New South Wales and Queensland border areas

Transportation via school buses can occur, ensuring all persons comply with Queensland Health border pass requirements. Please contact your local bus service for more information.

Interstate excursions

Excursions outside of Queensland, including to a restricted area or hotspot, need careful planning and must be approved by the principal and regional director prior to any arrangements being made.

Anyone travelling to or from Queensland from a restricted LGA in the New South Wales border zone, a COVID-19 hotspot, or an interstate place of concern or exposure site, must abide by the Queensland border restrictions. This includes school groups crossing the Queensland border in either direction.

Wearing face masks at school

Currently, there is no requirement for staff, students, parents, carers or visitors to wear a face mask while on school premises or travelling on dedicated school transport.

Everyone is encouraged to carry and wear a face mask when physical distancing is not possible.

Students who wish to wear a face mask when the requirement is not mandatory, should be supported to do so.

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.

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


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Last updated 06 December 2021