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COVID-19 restrictions​

In effect for all Queensland state schools and sessional kindergartens. More

Important notices:

  • ​The formal start of Term 1 for Queensland state schools and sessional kindergartens has been delayed to 7 February 2022, except for Years 11 and 12 who will learn from home for 1 week from 31 January. ​ More
  • Requirements for isolation, testing and quarantine of confirmed cases and close contacts have changed. More
  • Masks must be worn indoors across​ Queensland, unless exempt. More
  • COVID-19 vaccinations are mandatory for all workers or volunteers delivering a service at a school or early childhood education and care setting. More

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Change to start of school 2022

The formal start date for all Queensland state schools has changed to 7 February 2022, ​except for Year 11 and 12 students who will learn from home from 31​ January for one week.

This delay also applies to sessional kindergartens and kindergarten delivered on state school sites.

Students experiencing vulnerability and whose parents are essential workers will be able to attend school and will be provided supervision on school site. Learning at school for all students in Prep to Year 12 will commence on Monday 7 February.

Students and families can access the departments extensive range of resources and activities available to students via our comprehensive learning@home site​.

There is no change to the Term 4 dates, with the school year ending as originally scheduled on Friday 9 December (or 2 December for some schools in regional, rural and remote areas).

Independent and Catholic schools may have different arrangements—contact your school to confirm their plans.

Download the 2022 school calendar (PDF, 104KB).

More information.​

More information for staff (​departmental staff only).​

Wearing face masks at school

Please regularly check the Queensland Government website​ to stay up-to-date with the current COVID-19 restrictions for wearing face masks as this advice can change frequently.

Currently, all high school students, including those who are under 12 years of age, need to wear a mask both indoors and outdoors, including on dedicated school transport, unless they are seated or are able to maintain a 1.5 metre distance from others.

School staff (primary and high school) are required to wear masks while standing or moving about indoors, but may remove their mask when seated or if able to maintain physical distancing of 1.5m from others while teaching or interacting with students or children. When outdoors, face masks can be removed if physical distancing of 1.5m from others can be maintained.

Volunteers, family members, contractors and other visitors are required to wear a face mask while on school grounds, unless they are seated or physical distancing of 1.5m can be maintained.

There are a number of exceptions to wearing face masks, including for children under 12 (unless they are in Year 7) and people with particular medical conditions or disabilities.

See our Face masks page for more information.


Mandatory vaccinations for any a​dult attending any education facility

COVID-19 vaccinations are mandatory for all people working, delivering a service or volunteering at a school, kindergarten 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​.

Information for existing and prospective Department of Education workers (excluding Office of Industrial Relations) who attend a high-risk setting as part of their role or the services is available in the Employment Direction 1/21 – COVID-19 Vaccination effective from 15 December 2021.

Travelling to Queensland​​

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

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

Interstate excurs​ions

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

Last updated 28 January 2022