COVID restrictions or special arrangements


​​​​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

The following applies to all Queensland state schools and provides guidance to inform decision-making where restrictions are in place, such as mandatory face masks, but a school is not closed​.​



Topic Status
Student attendance

May be limited to children of essential workers and vulnerable students. More 

Roll marking

Students attending school for supervision will be marked present on the roll.

Students learning at home will be recorded as Code F: Off campus activity.

For absence codes and further information, refer to OnePortal COVID-19 attendance and roll marking ( departmental employees only) or OneSchool FAQs for Student Attendance Management ( departmental employees only).

Staff attendance (including preservice teachers)

Onsite. Vulnerable person ( departmental employees only) considerations apply.

Where schools are required to reduce the number of staff on site, this includes preservice teachers, teacher aides, itinerant staff (e.g. therapists) and support staff. Anyone whose work can only be done onsite (e.g. groundscare, cleaning, caring for animals) should attend work where possible. Preservice teachers are to be included in local arrangements for staff on or off school sites.

Staff meetings

Face-to-face staff meetings and professional development should be limited.

Options for teleconference or online platforms must be made available wherever possible.

Boarding schools

Staff: Onsite. Vulnerable person ( departmental employees only) considerations apply.
Students: Onsite learning for all students.

Boarding schools are considered in the same way as a household. Therefore, unless the boarding school is closed, all staff and students who reside at the school will be able to continue learning and working on site.

Where students are able to continue with work placements and/or traineeships, they must follow current heath directions.

Our guidelines outline the operation of state-school-operated boarding facilities (PDF, 464KB) ( departmental employees only) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Information regarding the operation of non-state boarding schools should be obtained from the individual boarding school.

Parent interviews

Face-to-face parent-teacher and enrolment interviews should be limited.

Interviews must be approved by the principal and options made available for teleconference or online platforms wherever possible.

Visitors on school sites

Physical distancing should be maintained at all times, especially at drop-off and pick-up time, in the car park, outside classrooms and at the school gate.

Topic Status
Parents and carers

May be limited dependent on restrictions or special arrangements.

Where access is limited, essential workers and parents or carers of vulnerable children will be permitted on school sites to drop-off or pick-up their children.

Contractors and external workers

Should be limited or restricted to areas that are not occupied by staff and students.

School visitor sign-in arrangements must be adhered to.

Other visitors, including volunteers, religious instructors and essential health and wellbeing service providers

Should be limited. Principal or responsible officer approval is required. School visitor sign-in arrangements must be adhered to.

Curriculum-based activities

Topic Status
Excursions and camps

At a Department of Education (DoE) facility: Should be limited.

At a non-DoE facility: Should be limited. More 

Commencement of excursions or camps or continuation of those already underway, should be reviewed in light of current Chief Health Officer directions and in consultation with the respective regional office.

School activities (instrumental music programs, ensembles, choirs, incursions, religious instruction, dancing and physical education classes

Onsite: Permitted.

Offsite: Permitted. More 

Performances, large gatherings and whole school assemblies

Onsite: Permitted.

Offsite: Should be limited. More

School sports (intra-school, inter-school and representative school sport programs)

Onsite: Permitted.

Offsite: Permitted. More 

Distance education students attending a facility for educational purposes

Permitted. More 

Home education student gatherings

Permitted. More 

Events and functions

Topic Status
School functions

Onsite: Should be limited.

Offsite: Should be limited. More 

Ticketed or seated events

Should be limited. More 

Services, facilities and amenities

Essential health and wellbeing services (non-departmental employees)

May be limited. More 

Outside school hours care and vacation care

Operating as normal. More 

School transport

Operating as normal. More 

Use of school facilities and amenities (playgroups facilitated by external organisations, community users, holiday programs)

Permitted. More 


Use by students permitted. More 

Provision of food/tuckshops

No buffet or sharing of implements. More 

Emergency management

Emergency drills may be limited. More 

Additional COVID-19 management

Topic Status
Face masks

Required as per Chief Health Officer directions. See face masks section for more information.

Health support procedures

COVID-19 level personal protective equipment (PPE). See creating a COVID safe environment health support procedures section for more information.

School cleaning regimes

Additional cleaning based on responsible officer decision. See creating a COVID safe environment cleaning section for more information.

Last updated 27 September 2022