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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for QTU members

The QTU will continue to work with the department and the Queensland Government and the Queensland Chief Health Officer to ensure that safe school operations  are in place.  For more information please contact QTAD on 1300117823.

Brendan Crotty | Deputy General Secretary

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4 March 2022 : flood recovery and easing of COVID restrictions (Copy of message from ERT Chair)

2:56 pm, Friday 4 March 2022

Dear colleagues


Thank you to everyone who has worked tirelessly to support our communities at this time, and to assess damage and put in place strategies to enable our schools to open where it is safe to do so.

I know that this is a very challenging time, especially for those who’ve been personally affected. I strongly encourage anyone who is struggling to cope during this time to access free confidential counselling services via our external Employee Assistance provider

On a brighter note, our Back to school plan comes to an end today, Friday 4 March, and many restrictions across Queensland will ease. Face masks will no longer be required in schools and restrictions on visitors to school sites will be lifted. I thank everyone for their efforts to keep our schools COVID safe.

Relaxing of COVID restrictions

COVID restrictions in Queensland will ease from 6pm today (Friday 4 March), including at workplaces, schools and early childhood services. 

School operations

On Monday 7 March, all state schools will return to COVID normal operations.

Restrictions that were part of the Back to school plan, such as visitors on school sites, will be lifted. Parents, carers, volunteers, contractors and other visitors will be welcome on school sites.

School camps, excursions, assemblies and large gatherings can recommence.

Managing unwell staff and students

Staff and students who develop COVID-19 symptoms whilst at schools, will continue to be provided a rapid antigen test (RAT) to administer at home. They will also continue to be prioritised at Queensland Health testing clinics for rapid antigen or PCR tests.

Students and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not attend their schools or workplaces.

Weather event

The safety of our staff and students is our highest priority. As some of our school communities start to recover from the recent severe weather event, I would like to remind schools of matters relating to the recovery effort.

Student attendance

Student absence due to severe weather and natural disasters will not count as an absence on the student’s attendance record or the school’s attendance data. The following codes can be used for a range of scenarios.

  • Students collected early on Thursday 3 March 2022

Students in the affected LGAs who were collected from school early on Thursday 3 March 2022, should be recorded as ‘E – Early (no penalty)’ part day absence code. The absence reason code of ‘N – Natural disaster’ should be used.

  • Students absent on Friday 4 March 2022 – partial schools closed

Schools will use the 'non-penalty' code 'B: Attendance not required' for students in the affected LGAs who are absent on Friday 4 March, 2022. Schools should use the OneSchool bulk student absence function to record active students as code 'B: Attendance not required'.

For children of essential workers and vulnerable children who attended school for supervision on Friday 4 March, 2022, schools must maintain a record of all students who are on site. The student's code in OneSchool should be changed to 'A: School Activity'.

  • Schools permitted to record a ‘non-school day’

Those schools that are experiencing emergency closure and cannot accept ANY students for supervision can record a non-school day in the OneSchool calendar.

  • Students unable to attend due to flood issues

Where schools are open to all students but some students are unable to attend due to an extreme weather event or other natural disaster such as flooding, students should be marked absent using the ‘N – Natural disaster’ absence reason code (as per Table 2 in the Roll marking in state schools procedure).


Staff attendance

If your school or workplace is open but you are unable to attend because of road closures, to protect your own or your family’s personal safety or property, or while clean up and repairs are carried out, speak with your principal or manager as you may be able to access Special Leave (natural disaster) in accordance with the Special Leave Directive: 05/17. The following information is also available Accessing special leave following emergencies/disasters (DOCX, 335KB).

Supporting the recovery effort

The fact sheet Staff health, safety and wellbeing in flood affected areas provides tips to safely support our communities with the recovery effort and cleaning up flood affected properties. I encourage you to review this information before embarking on clean-up activities.

Disaster maintenance process

Disaster recovery funding arrangements have been activated and QBuild have raised a M4 Disaster maintenance notifications for affected schools. This notification will be used to capture all work undertaken to repair or replace damaged maintainable assets.

Should your school identify further disaster-related maintenance, please lodge this with QBuild by telephone or email to the relevant Maintenance Response Centre. This process is required for both Direct-to-Market (D2M) and QBuild schools.

Stay safe

Please keep informed of the latest weather alerts and stay safe.

Remember if it's flooded, forget it.

Along with resources on our OnePortal Staff wellbeing pages, all DoE staff and their immediate families can access free confidential telephone counselling services via our external Employee Assistance provider

Thank you again for your efforts.


17 Jan 2022 : Return-to-school information

  • The return of students to school in Term 1 is delayed by two weeks for prep to year 10.
  • Remote learning will start for students in years 11 and 12 on 31 January.
  • Students of essential workers and student experiencing vulnerability will be able to attend school for supervision only – i.e. they will not receive instruction (the additional two weeks are to be treated as student free weeks).
  • Teachers and school leaders will work together across the two additional student free weeks to determine how students will access the required curriculum across the shortened semester and school year.
  • The school year will end as originally gazetted, on 2 December for remote northern and western communities and on 9 December for all other schools.
  • The year 10, 11 and 12 academic year will also remain as originally gazetted
    • year 12s will finish on 18 November and
    • years 11 and 10 will finish on 25 November

 

See the Statement of collaboration for the start of the 2022 school year : DoE and QTU shared agreement, Jan 2022 (member -access only)

DoE information for parents, students, schools & early childhood services

Education-related COVID-19 support information is now  centralised at qed.qld.gov.au/covid19

This  site contains information for parents, students, schools and early childhood services including as :

  • Currrent restrictions in place
  • Mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Latest news
  • FAQs
  • COVID safe for education
  • School operations information
  • Support advice for students,  parents and carers
  • Advice and support
  • Other Queensland Government links

 

10 Feb : A message from the ERT chair to principals: update on COVID-19 response

12:46 pm, Thursday 10 February 2022

Dear colleagues

The past few weeks have been busier than the average start to the school year. Following the release of the Back to School plan, distribution of rapid antigen tests (RATs) to schools has been a significant undertaking for all of us.

Thank you for your monumental efforts to make the start the school year a COVID-safe one for your school community.

Rapid antigen tests

All state schools across Queensland have received a supply of RATs. Further deliveries are scheduled over the coming days and weeks.

As a reminder, when RATs are provided to symptomatic staff or students, the RATs are to be used for self-testing at home and are not to be administered by staff or students on school sites.

I encourage you to read our Rapid antigen tests for schools fact sheet. It includes essential information on delivery, storage, record keeping and distribution.

Schools should use the RAT register template for recording when they are given to staff, parents or carers.

If your stockpile of RATs is running low, please contact your regional office for additional supplies.

Face masks

All staff – both primary and high school, as well as high school students, including those who are under 12 years of age, volunteers, family members, contractors and other visitors must wear a face mask. There are a number of exceptions to wearing face masks that may apply.

Face masks must be provided to students, where requested, each time they are required. 

For full details of when to wear a mask at school, see our Face masks page. Please also 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.

Notifying your community about confirmed cases

If a confirmed case of COVID-19 is identified in your school, the school community must be notified and reminded to monitor for symptoms, stay home if unwell and get tested if they develop COVID-19 symptoms. Template letters and social media content are available on OnePortal.

Schools should also consider more targeted communication where appropriate. For example, to inform the families of an individual class, or a year level, depending on the size and context of the school. Principals are encouraged to seek advice from their ARD if they are unsure.

Further communication is only required after 5 business days.

If after 5 business days there continues to be confirmed cases in your school, you should provide a further update to your community.

The identity of individuals within your school who have a positive test result should not be disclosed.

Daily survey

From today, the daily attendance survey has ceased. A new survey commencing from Monday will seek information from you about the number of teachers and students who are absent from school due to testing positive for COVID-19.

This will assist us to support schools and to identify hotspots, and to conduct workforce planning to address any staffing shortages.

The survey will also seek information on the number of RATs provided to staff and students.

The survey will be sent at 8am every morning. I ask that you submit your data by 11am. The survey only needs to be completed if you have data to submit (i.e. if you have no teachers who have tested positive, or have not distributed any RATs, you do not need to complete the survey).

Isolating symptomatic students

If you have students who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms while at school, as per previous advice, they should be isolated in a safe place and made comfortable until their parent or carer collects them.

Depending on the layout of your school, there may not be an indoors location where the student can be safely isolated away from others. If this is the case, please consider if there is an outside location, such as a courtyard, that could be used for this purpose.

Please ensure the student is safe, sheltered, comfortable and can be supervised.

If staff and students have been in contact with a confirmed case during the course of the day, they are not deemed to be close contacts as defined by the Chief Health Officer. Therefore, they do not need to be isolated or sent home, unless they are displaying COVID-19 symptoms or are unwell.

Check In Qld app

Earlier this week the Premier announced that the Check In Qld app would is no longer required at businesses or venues where there is no requirement to be vaccinated to enter, such as supermarkets.

Please be aware that as schools do have a vaccination mandate, the Check In Qld app is still in use.

Schools can use the Check In Qld app to confirm the vaccination status of visitors, including volunteers, contractors or visiting specialists. The app is not required to be used for parents or carers unless they working as a volunteer at the school.

Promoting vaccinations for young children

The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect ourselves, our families and our community. Social media content and images are available on OnePortal for schools to share with their families.

Health and wellbeing

Resources to support you are available on our Your health and wellbeing during COVID-19 page.

Free confidential telephone counselling services are available for you or your immediate family members for work or non-work related concerns. Contact LifeWorks, the department's external Employee Assistance provider, 24/7 on 1800 604 640.

Further information

Stay up to date by regularly checking the Queensland Government COVID-19 website and visiting our COVID-19 pages on our Departmental website and OnePortal.

Please stay COVID safe. As always, I will continue to update you on any further developments as they arise.

4 Feb : A message from the ERT chair to all principals

2:51 pm, Friday 4 February 2022

Dear colleagues

Next week we welcome all of our staff and students back on school sites. During this transition, it is important we continue to focus on keeping our school communities COVID safe.

The Back to school plan outlines a range of current and additional COVID-19 prevention and health measures to limit the risk of transmission. One of the key components of the plan is the rapid antigen tests (RATs).

Throughout this week and over the coming weeks RATs will be delivered to your school for all staff and students who develop COVID-19 symptoms while at school.

If staff or students have symptoms they must stay home and access a test from their local testing clinic. Testing clinics are prioritising our staff and students so they can collect their RATs quickly and return home to administer the test. If the test is negative and the staff and/or students are well, they can return to school. If positive they must stay home and follow Queensland Health isolation requirements.

Key points for RATs at schools

  • The testing kits are for self-testing at home and are not to be administered by staff or students on school sites.
  • RATs are being delivered this week and early into next week. The number of tests distributed varies depending on the size of your school. For the start of the week you should have at least one box of tests, with more arriving over the coming week.
  • These boxes maybe singular or in packs of 5 or 20. The packs of 5 or more can be separated and provided to staff and parents/carers individually. Please ensure all required test pieces and the instructions are given to staff and parents/carers. You may wish to put these into individually sealed bags, so they can be safely transported home.
  • The rapid antigen cassettes supplied are nasal swab tests and are approved by the Australian Therapeutic Goods (TGA) Register.
  • A follow-up survey tool is being developed for the re-ordering/replenishment processes.
  • Please contact your ARD if your first delivery of RATs has not arrived by Monday 7 February or if you have run out or are close to running out.


I encourage you to read our Rapid antigen tests for schools fact sheet. This fact sheet includes essential information on delivery, storage, record keeping and distribution. Please share this fact sheet with all staff, including those who are responsible for their distribution.

Schools should use the RAT register template for recording the RAT details and date of distribution when they are given to staff or parents / carers.

Student absences

If a student is unwell or displaying any COVID-19 symptoms, they should remain at home to rest and recover. A parent/carer may contact their school to discuss possible learning at home arrangements if their child is well enough to learn from home.

Schools are not obligated to provide lessons for students whose parents choose to keep their children at home due to the pandemic.

Students and parent/carer can access teaching and learning materials on the learning@home site.

Roll marking

Ordinary roll marking will resume on Monday 7 February.

If a student is absent from school because they are unwell, use the absence reason code ‘I – Illness and medical appointments’. If a student is absent from school because they are following Queensland Health (quarantine requirements), use the absence reason code ‘ B – Attendance not required’.

If a parent/carer chooses to keep their child at home due to their concerns about COVID-19, such absences should be recorded using the absence reason code ‘O - Other’ and indicating ‘COVID’ in the comments field.

Face masks

All schools will be receiving a delivery of face masks in readiness for Monday.

Schools will have received via email a survey asking for information about the quantity and types of face masks currently held in stock at schools. Please complete this survey promptly so that additional supplies can be dispatched as quickly as possible.

To receive another copy of your face mask survey, email Procurement.OCPO@eq.edu.au advising the email address to which you want it sent, or phone Procurement on 3034 4709.

While staff are encouraged to bring their own face masks to school, masks may be provided to staff and students from the stock held by your school should they not have their own.

Frequently asked questions

Will before and after school swimming and sporting events be permitted?

Yes. Sporting events will continue on and off site. Examples include swimming carnivals, school sports and swimming lessons which occur before and after school.

What evidence do I need to receive my priority RAT at a Queensland Health testing clinic?

If you are a school staff member and have developed symptoms of COVID-19, you can receive a RAT from your local Queensland Health testing clinic. You will be required to provide either your current staff ID card or payslip.

Are schools of distance education able to conduct face-to-face inductions, mini-schools or cluster events during this time?

No. All schools will be suspending school camps, excursions, assemblies and large gatherings. This includes limiting activities such as face-to-face parent-teacher interviews, staff meetings and professional development.

Can pre-service teachers and specialists supporting children experiencing vulnerability attend on school sites in Term 1?

Yes. Pre-service teachers and specialists supporting children are welcome onto school sites, noting they must be fully vaccinated in the same way as all other workers.

Please continue to review frequently asked questions (FAQ) as these are regularly updated.

Materials to communicate with your school community

The following social media materials have been developed for your use with your school community; please adapt them to your context.

Back to School social posts – part 2.docx 

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Further information

Resources to support you are available on our Your health and wellbeing during COVID-19 page, and our external Employee Assistance provider can be contacted 24/7 on 1800 604 640.

Stay up to date by regularly checking the Queensland Government COVID-19 website and visiting our COVID-19 pages on our Departmental website and OnePortal

30 Jan : Copy of ERT update to all principals from Deputy DG

11:55 am, Sunday 30 January 2022

Dear colleagues

As outlined in the Director-General’s message this morning, today the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, and the Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard, announced Queensland’s plan for the safe return of school.

You can access the Back to School plan here.  

The plan outlines the current and additional COVID-19 safe measures to ensure our school communities remain COVID-19 safe. 

Key features of the plan that will be implemented from 7 February until 4 March 2022 include:

  • priority access to Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) at Queensland Health testing clinics for students and staff who have COVID-19 symptoms
  • RATs available in schools for students and staff who develop symptoms while on site
  • mandatory mask wearing for staff in all schools, and all high school students 
  • masks supplied and strongly encouraged for students in Years 3 to 6
  • suspension of school camps, excursions, assemblies and large gatherings
  • limiting visitors on school sites, with exceptions for parents and carers of students experiencing vulnerability, and all students attending Early Childhood Development Programs, Kindergarten, Prep or Year 1
  • limiting face-to-face staff meetings, professional development, and face-to-face parent-teacher interviews
  • COVID-19 safe practices which may include staggered drop off and pick up times, and a range of drop off and pick up points to limit gatherings.


Curriculum activities and school sport will continue as normal during this time.

If staff or students are sick, they are not to attend school. This is a critical message that we are reinforcing in all our communication, and I ask that you do the same for your school community.

These restrictions and limitations will be reviewed as we approach 4 March.

Essential information and FAQs on the department’s public facing website, and for staff on OnePortal, have been updated.

Limiting activities

Schools will need to consider a range of options to limit activities to enable a COVID-19 safe environment. This includes assessing how parents/carers and visitors who are able to enter school sites can attend safely.

Further guidance will be provided by your Assistant Regional Director regarding the limiting of activities relevant to your school context. These arrangements will need to be communicated to your school community.

Materials to communicate with your school community

Letter templates and social media posts have been developed for your use with your school community, please adapt them to your context.


Rapid antigen testing for staff and students

If you are sick/symptomatic

  • To keep our school communities COVID-19 safe, students and staff must not attend school if they are sick or showing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Staff and students should attend their local Queensland Health testing clinic where they will be prioritised to receive a free rapid antigen test (RAT).
  • If the test result is negative and the staff member or student is well, they can return to school. If the test is positive, the staff member or student will need to follow Queensland Health quarantine and isolation requirements


If you become symptomatic at school

  • If a student becomes symptomatic at school, they will be immediately isolated in a safe place, and their parents/carer will be contacted to collect their child.
  • When the student is collected the parent/carer will receive a RAT to administer at home.
  • If a staff member becomes symptomatic at school, they will immediately leave the school and be provided with a RAT to administer at home.
  • If the test result is negative and the student or staff member is well, they can return to school. If the test is positive, they will need to follow Queensland Health quarantine and isolation requirements


This plan ensures that staff and students have priority access to RATs at Queensland Health testing clinics.

RATs are also being provided to staff entering remote discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and staff and students in our boarding schools.

Delivery and storage of RATS

This week RATS will be delivered to your school. Please ensure you have a staff member available to accept the delivery.

You will be sent a survey within the next two weeks seeking information from you about whether more RATs are required to meet the demand within your school. Please keep a look out for this survey.

RATs must be stored in a secure place at a temperature below 30 degrees. Please ensure that the storage location is secure and lockable.

If you are concerned about the number of RATs supplied to your school to meet the demand, please email Procurement or telephone on 1300 366 612.

Face masks

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

Schools need to provide students in years 3-6 with face masks and strongly encourage them to wear them when social distancing is not possible.

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 a 1.5 metre distance from others while teaching or interacting with students or children.

Masks can be removed when outdoors if 1.5 metres distance can be maintained from others.

Please refer to the Queensland Health mandatory face masks restriction for more information.
 
An email survey is being sent to school principals to collect information on the quantity and types of face masks currently held in stock by schools. All schools are requested to respond to the survey so that an accurate assessment of the current stock can be developed and where necessary further orders can be placed. Primary schools will need to consider the size of face masks required (where they are being provided to Year 3-6 students).

Ventilation

Our Queensland weather means that ventilation of learning spaces can often occur naturally by opening windows and doors, or relocating learning to outdoor settings.

If principals are concerned about ventilation in any of their classroom spaces, please contact your Regional Infrastructure Advisor.

For further assistance

If you have any questions or concerns about your planning for the school year, please contact your Assistant Regional Director.

Any staffing or workforce concerns should be directed to your Human Resources Business Partner.

Essential information and FAQs on the department’s public facing website, and for staff on OnePortal have been updated.

And as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, please ensure you take all necessary precautions to keep safe as advised by Queensland Health.


Attached resources: Back to School 2022 Comms Pack.pdf Back to school plan.pdf

30 Jan : Copy of COVID-19 message to all DoE staff from the DG

11:42 am, Sunday 30 January 2022

Dear colleagues

Thank you for your efforts to support a positive start to the school year.

This morning the Premier announced Queensland’s 2022 Back to school plan.

The plan outlines the current and additional COVID-19 safe measures to ensure our school communities remain COVID-19 safe. 

Key features of the plan that will be implemented from 7 February until 4 March 2022 include:

  • priority access to Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) at Queensland Health testing clinics for students and staff who have COVID-19 symptoms
  • RATs available in schools for students and staff who develop symptoms while on site
  • mandatory mask wearing for staff in all schools, and all high school students 
  • masks supplied and strongly encouraged for students in Years 3 to 6
  • suspension of school camps, excursions, assemblies and large gatherings
  • limiting visitors on school sites, with exceptions for parents and carers of students experiencing vulnerability, and all students attending Early Childhood Development Programs, Kindergarten, Prep or Year 1
  • limiting face-to-face staff meetings, professional development, and face-to-face parent-teacher interviews
  • COVID-19 safe practices which may include staggered drop off and pick up times, and a range of drop off points to limit gatherings


Curriculum activities and school sport will continue as normal during this time.

These are in addition to the range of measures we already have in place.

To keep our school communities COVID-19 safe, students and staff must not attend school if they are sick or showing symptoms of COVID-19.

31 January – 4 February

As you are aware, until Friday 4 February, students experiencing vulnerability and those whose parents are essential workers can attend school for supervision on school sites. Please ensure that any students who attend school this week continue to be welcomed.

From this week, Year 11 and 12 students will commence online learning.

Priority rapid testing for staff and students

If you are sick/symptomatic

  • To keep our school communities COVID-19 safe, students and staff must not attend school if they are sick or showing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Staff and students should attend their local Queensland Health testing clinics where they will be prioritised to receive a free rapid antigen test (RAT).
  • If the test result is negative and the staff member or student is well, they can return to school. If the test is positive, the staff member or student will need to follow Queensland Health quarantine and isolation requirements

If you become symptomatic at school

  • If a student becomes symptomatic at school, they will be immediately isolated in a safe place, and their parents/carer will be contacted to collect their child.
  • When the student is collected the parent/carer will receive a RAT to administer at home.
  • If a staff member becomes symptomatic at school, they will immediately leave the school and be provided with a RAT to administer at home.
  • If the test result is negative and the student or staff member is well, they can return to school. If the test is positive, they will need to follow Queensland Health quarantine and isolation requirements


This plan ensures that staff and students have priority access to RATs at Queensland Health testing clinics.

RATs are also being provided to staff entering remote discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and staff and students in our boarding schools.

Health and wellbeing

Ensuring as many Queenslanders as possible are vaccinated is the most effective way for us all to stay safe as we continue to enjoy relaxed restrictions and achieve Queensland’s COVID vaccine plan to unite families.

It is important to make sure you access information from credible sources, and maintain a practical and calm approach. Resources are available on our Your health and wellbeing during COVID-19 page.

What to do if you test positive

Look after yourself and if your symptoms get worse take action.

Further information and support

Free confidential telephone counselling services are available from the department’s employee assistance provider LifeWorks 24/7 on 1800 604 640.

Stay up to date by regularly checking the Queensland Government COVID-19 website and visiting the COVID-19 pages on our departmental website and OnePortal.

Regards

Michael De'Ath
Director-General
Department of Education

17 Jan : Copy of COVID-19 message to all DoE staff from the DG

3:40 pm, Monday 17 January 2022

Dear colleagues

As you are aware, on 9 January 2022, the Premier announced changes to the start of the academic school year for Queensland state schools.

For Kindergarten to Year 10, the start of the school year will be delayed by two weeks from 24 January to 7 February.

From Monday 31 January, Year 11 and 12 students will undertake remote learning until the revised formal start of the school year on 7 February.

Students experiencing vulnerability and those whose parents are essential workers will be able to attend school and will be provided supervision on school sites throughout the two week period.

The end of the school year

While it was also announced that a proposed additional week of schooling would occur at the end of Term 4, today the Minister for Education confirmed that following consultation with relevant unions and stakeholders, this would no longer be the case, and the school year will end as scheduled on Friday 9 December (or 2 December for some schools in regional, rural and remote areas).

As a result of these consultations, a shared agreement to ensure the curriculum is delivered in the 18 weeks of Semester one has been developed. Queensland principals and teachers are highly skilled in planning for student learning and have demonstrated expertise adjusting curriculum to meet the needs of all students.

ARDs will support principals across the state to implement plans to adjust educational delivery in order for students to receive their full learning experience. This will also include contingency plans should there be workforce shortages and/or changes to learning required as a result of any unforeseen COVID requirements.

With these measures in place the Queensland community should feel confident that students will receive the required education delivery and will not be disadvantaged by the impacts of COVID-19.

I would like to acknowledge the high level of professionalism, expertise and capability of principals and teachers to be flexible in their delivery of curriculum, and to be agile in their responses to changing events.

Regards

Michael De'Ath
Director-General
Department of Education
 

7 Jan : Copy of COVID-19 message to all corporate and regional staff

4:30 pm, 7 January 2022 

Dear colleagues

In response to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant across the state, we continue to monitor the situation closely.

Following on from my email on 3 January 2022, and as per the Chief Health Officer's advice, staff are to continue their work-from-home arrangements wherever possible for the month of January. 

Managers are reminded to ensure their business continuity plans are enacted. Information to support teams working from home can be found on OnePortal.

COVID safe

Employees who are attending the office must wear a face mask unless an exception applies. However, masks may be removed when seated and where physical distance can be maintained.

It is important you continue to monitor your health, stay home if unwell and follow current health advice. Please also continue to maintain physical distancing and good hand hygiene, and use the Check in Qld app.

What to do if you test positive

Be protected

Vaccination remains the most effective way of protecting yourself, your family and colleagues from COVID-19. If you have not already done so, I strongly urge you to get vaccinated or receive your booster.  

I also ask that you voluntarily provide your vaccination status to the department by submitting your details via the Vaccination Update form in MyHR Home (accessible from DoE locations or via VPN/vDesktop only).

Directors or managers will need to sight individual vaccination evidence to verify your vaccination status. This must be approved in MyHR.

Health and wellbeing

Resources are available on our Your health and wellbeing during COVID-19 page.

Free confidential telephone counselling services are available for you or your immediate family members for work or non-work related concerns. Contact LifeWorks, the department's external Employee Assistance provider, 24/7 on 1800 604 640.

Be informed

Stay up to date by regularly checking the Queensland Government COVID-19 website and visiting our COVID-19 pages on our departmental website and OnePortal

Thank you for your support and adaptability. As always, I will continue to keep you informed.

Please stay COVID safe.

Kind regards

Sharon Schimming
Deputy-Director-General
Department of Education

2021

Copy of COVID-19 message to all DoE staff from DG

1 pm, Saturday 11 December 2021

Dear colleagues

As previously communicated, on 30 November the Premier announced the introduction of a new Chief Health Officer Direction requiring workers in high risk settings (early childhood, primary and secondary education settings, youth detention centres, police watch houses, prisons and airports) to meet mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

The Chief Health Officer has issued the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Workers in a high-risk setting Direction. This Direction has now been published and takes effect from 8.30 am Saturday 11 December 2021.

It is essential all staff are aware of the Direction and the requirement to receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination by 17 December 2021 and to be fully vaccinated by 11:59 pm AEST on 23 January 2022, (unless they have a medical contraindication or are participating in an eligible clinical COVID-19 vaccine trial) if they are working in or providing a service in a school or early childhood education and care service.   

Vaccination status
All school staff have received information on how to provide evidence of their vaccination status. Thank you to those staff who have completed the survey and uploaded their evidence. For staff who have not yet completed this, it is essential you provide this information to us by the 7January 2022.

Further information about how to access and provide evidence of your vaccination status is available on OnePortal.

If you have not received your COVID-19 vaccination, I urge you to view the vaccination locations webpage and arrange your vaccination as soon as possible.

Further information will be provided to corporate and regional staff early next week.

Frequently asked questions
The latest frequently asked questions (FAQs) have been developed in response to the enquiries we have received. These FAQs are updated regularly, so please continue to check the department’s website.

If you have any questions about your individual circumstance, please email staff vaccinations.

Health and wellbeing
Ensuring as many Queenslanders as possible are vaccinated is the most effective way for us all to stay safe as we continue to enjoy relaxed restrictions and achieve Queensland’s COVID vaccine plan to unite families.

It is important to make sure you access information from credible sources, and maintain a practical and calm approach. Resources are available on our Your health and wellbeing during COVID-19 page.

Free confidential telephone counselling services are available for you or your immediate family members for work or non-work related concerns. Contact LifeWorks 24/7 on 1800 604 640, the department's external Employee Assistance provider.

Further information
Stay up to date by regularly checking the Queensland Government COVID-19 website and visiting our COVID-19 pages on our Departmental website and OnePortal.

Please stay COVID safe. As always, I will continue to update you on any further developments as they arise.

Regards

Michael De'Ath
Director-General
Department of Education

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