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School operations

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Whilst most COVID restrictions have been removed, there remains actions that schools and families can take to limit the transmission of infection.

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Student attendance

​If a parent or carer chooses to keep their child at home due to their personal concerns about COVID-19 or other respiratory infections, where necessary, schools will engage with the parent or carer and offer support to ensure their child returns to school as soon as possible.

Roll marking and abse​​nce ​notification

Full details of OneSchool attendance and absence codes for use when students are attending school sites or learning at home are available on the OnePortal attendance and roll marking page ( departmental employees only).

Same day student absence notification ( departmental employees only) requirements apply at all times. Schools must notify parents or carers of an unexplained absence of their child as soon as practicable on the day of absence.

Academic report​ing

For academic reporting, schools will make reporting decisions based on what has been taught and assessed. The requirements for academic reporting are set out in the reporting to parents section of the P–12 curriculum assessment and reporting framework.

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on senior secondary schooling and share relevant information, as required.

Continuity o​f learning

Schools are not required to provide home-based learning options, unless there are specific circumstances impacting a student’s attendance.

Students unable to attend school because they are sick are not expected to do schoolwork. However, schools may choose to provide access to resources, such as the learning@home page​, to help students continue their learning.

Where medical advice supports the need for a student to remain at home and still access their learning program, they should be supported by their school. The school's approach to learning for the student should consider the expected duration of absence, the student's learning needs, available tools and resources, and the school's established approach to supporting continuity of learning.

Boarding schools

Guidelines for the operation of state school-operated boarding facilities is available in the guidelines for state-school-operated boarding facilities (PDF, 209KB) ( departmental employees only)​.

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

Excursions and camps​​

Excursion and camp risk assessments must be undertaken prior to approval of the activity. Risk assessments must take into account approved infection control measures should anyone attending the excursion or camp develop symptoms of COVID-19 or an acute respiratory illness during 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 consent 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​

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.

COVID-19 testing

Schools may consider providing a rapid antigen test (RAT) to families or staff to be administered at home before attending camps to reduce the risk of transmission of infection in a camp environment.

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Last updated 19 October 2022