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Curriculum-based activities, functions and events

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Excursions and camps

Under COVID normal conditions, excursions and camps are permitted to occur. However, when restrictions or special arrangements are in place, these activities may be limited and the commencement or continuation of an activity that is already underway should be reviewed in light of current Queensland public health directions and in consultation with the respective regional office.

Excursion and camp risk assessments must be undertaken prior to approval of the activity. Risk assessments must take into account approved COVID​​​​-19 control measures and isolation or close contact requirements should anyone attending the excursion or camp develop COVID-19 symptoms during or following the excursion or camp. As there is a possibility of staff or students needing to return home during a camp, careful consideration should be given to excursions or camps that involve extensive and/or complex travel arrangements.

The activity conse​nt form must be completed for any student attending an excursion or camp. The form enables information to be shared in compliance with legal obligations.

If consent has not been provided via the activity consent form, or by other written means, the student will be unable to participate.

Accommodation

As each camp facility will be unique in its layout and configuration, planning should consider the sleeping arrangements for staff and students and the likelihood of individuals being deemed a close contact should a positive case of COVID-19 be identified.

Cohorting of students should occur where possible, and the school must ensure there are records of which students shared accommodation and which staff shared accommodation to enable identification of close contacts.

Isolation

Anyone who develops COVID-19 symptoms while at camp must be isolated in an appropriate, supervised space.

When a student is unwell, their parent or carer will be contacted and arrangements made for the student to return home as soon as practicable.

Staff who are unwell should speak to their principal or supervisor regarding leave arrangements.

Close contacts

Similar to the state school residential boarding school guidelines (departmental staff only), staff and students attending a camp may be considered a close contact if they shared sleeping quarters with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in any of the following conditions:

  • an enclosed bedroom, e.g. twin room
  • a cubicle and adjacent cubicles where rooms are partitioned and the partitions do not create separate rooms
  • 2 adjacent beds on either side of the confirmed case in an open dormitory.

Anyone who is deemed a close contact must follow Queensland Health directions.

Staff and students who were not accommodated overnight in any of the above conditions will not be considered a close contact.

Students who are not deemed to be a close contact can continue attending the camp and school as usual.

COVID-19 testing

Schools can consider providing a rapid antigen test (RAT) to families to be administered at home before attending camps, to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in a camp environment. Similarly, RATs can be provided to staff for the same purpose.

If students or staff develop COVID-19 symptoms while at camp, they should be provided with a RAT to be administered at home.

Once a staff member or student has completed their period of isolation and they do not have symptoms, they are free to return to school. They do not need to produce a negative COVID-19 test result before they can return.​

Excursions/camps at a non-departmental facility

Offsite premises must adhere to current Queensland public health directions.

If vaccination is a Queensland Health requirement to attend the venue, adult chaperones (including staff, parents, carers and volunteers) may be asked to verify their vaccination status. Venues may choose to use the Check In Qld app for this purpose.

School activities

Activities include:

  • instrumental music programs, ensembles and choirs
  • incursions
  • dancing
  • PE classes
  • religious instruction.

Under COVID normal conditions, these activities are permitted to occur. However, when restrictions or special arrangements are in place, activities may be limited and should be reviewed in light of current Chief Health Officer directions.

Parents, carers and visitors are welcome to attend these events adhering to COVID safe measures, unless attendees and visitors are limited due to restrictions or special arrangements.

Please note: schools are required to follow the instrumental music program guidelines for managing hazards associated with COVID-19.

Offsite

Offsite premises must adhere to current Queensland public health directions.

When attending events at an external venue, a school group is not required to check in school-aged children. If vaccination is a Queensland Health requirement to attend the venue, adult chaperones (including staff, parents, carers and volunteers) may be asked to verify their vaccination status. Venues may choose to use the Check In Qld app for this purpose.

Schools must retain details of students attending an external venue.

Performances, large gatherings and whole school assemblies

Activities include:

  • performances
  • large gatherings
  • whole school assemblies.

Under COVID normal conditions, these activities are permitted to occur. However, when restrictions or special arrangements are in place, activities may be limited and should be reviewed in light of current Chief Health Officer directions.

Parents, carers and visitors are welcome to attend these events adhering to COVID safe measures, unless attendees and visitors are limited due to restrictions or special arrangements.

Offsite

Activities are permitted to be held at external venues adhering to current​ Queensland public health direc​tions.

When attending an external venue, a school group is not required to check in school-aged children. If vaccination is a Queensland Health requirement to attend the venue, adult chaperones (including staff, parents, carers and volunteers) may be asked to verify their vaccination status. Venues may use the Check In Qld app for this purpose.

Schools must retain details of students attending an external venue.

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

Schools are able to conduct intra-school, inter-school and representative school sport programs for both indoor and outdoor sports (including contact sports).

Under COVID normal conditions, these activities are permitted to occur. However, when restrictions or special arrangements are in place, sporting activities may be limited and should be reviewed in light of current Chief Health Officer directions.

Parents, carers and visitors are welcome to attend these events adhering to COVID safe measures, unless attendees and visitors are limited due to restrictions or special arrangements.

Further information regarding Queensland School Sports, including FAQs, planning documents and a calendar of state championship events, is available to support schools and sports organisers to train and compete in a safe, responsible and low risk manner that complies with the latest health advice.​

Offsite

School sports are permitted to be held at an external venue, adhering to current Queensland public health directions.

When attending an external venue, a school group is not required to check in school-aged children. If vaccination is a Queensland Health requirement to attend the venue, adult chaperones (including staff, parents, carers and volunteers) may be asked to verify their vaccination status. Venues may use the Check In Qld app for this purpose.

Schools must retain details of students attending an external venue.

Distance education students attending a facility

Students of Distance Education are permitted to attend facilities for educational purposes. If the facility is not a state school or operated by the department, the venue and any attendees must adhere to current Queensland public health directions.

If vaccination is a Queensland Health requirement to attend the venue, adult chaperones (including staff, parents, carers and volunteers) may be asked to verify their vaccination status. Venues may choose to use the Check In Qld app for this purpose.

Home education student gatherings

Students undertaking home education are permitted to gather. Gatherings that occur at a non-departmental premises or a facility where restrictions are in place must adhere to current Queensland public health directions.​

Functions and events

School functions

Schools can hold functions and events under COVID normal conditions. However, when restrictions or special arrangements are in place, activities may be limited and should be reviewed in light of current Chief Health Officer directions. Onsite and offsite events must adhere to Queensland public health directions​​​​​.

Parents, carers and visitors are welcome to attend these events adhering to COVID safe measures, unless attendees and visitors are limited due to restrictions or special arrangements.

Onsite

​At onsite events, schools may choose to record the details of parents and carers in attendance. All other visitors must adhere to school visitor sign-in arrangements.

Offsite

School functions are permitted at an external venue adhering to current Queensland​ public health directions.

A school group attending an external venue is not required to check in school-aged children. If vaccination is a Queensland Health requirement to attend the venue, adult chaperones (including staff, officials, volunteers and spectators) may be asked to verify their vaccination status. Venues may choose to use the Check In Qld app for this purpose.

Schools must retain details of the students attending.

Ticketed or seated events

Under COVID normal conditions, ticketed or seated events are permitted with 100% capacity. In situations where restrictions or special arrangements are in place, events may be limited and capacity must be reduced in line with Queensland government guidelines.​

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Last updated 24 June 2022