Schools and early childhood services

Last Updated: 11 Mar 2022 5:03pm

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Early childhood services

Face masks are to be worn indoors by adults, including teachers/carers, other staff and visitors (aged 12 years and older) at early childhood services, including childcare programs and out of school hours care.  Children aged 11 years and under do not have to wear a face mask.

Primary schools

Face masks are to be worn indoors by adults, including teachers, other staff and visitors (aged 12 years and older) at primary schools, including childcare programs and out of school hours care.

Children in primary school do not need to wear a mask while on school grounds - ie a 12-year-old primary school student does not need to wear a mask in the classroom but will need to wear one in other settings where masks are mandatory eg airports, visiting hospitals.

If there is a COVID-19 outbreak at a school, Public Health may recommend that older primary school children consider wearing masks.

Secondary schools

Face masks are to be worn indoors by all students and adults, including teachers, other staff and visitors at secondary schools. This includes vocational placements and school-based apprenticeships occurring on the school site.

Read more about the measures in place to safely manage COVID-19 in schools.

Tertiary sector

Face masks are not required at tertiary or adult education facilities. Education facilities may require masks in some situations under their COVID-19 Safety Plan and individuals may choose to wear a mask as extra protection if they are in a setting where they cannot physically distance or are vulnerable to COVID-19.

Removing masks

Teachers/carers can remove their masks if required to clearly communicate. An example is to meet the needs of a student or child with disability.

Read about other times you can remove your face mask and exemptions from wearing a mask.