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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Thursday 30 September
Due to community transmission of COVID-19, the Premier and Chief Health Officer have determined to place a number of LGAs back into stage two restriction from 4pm today for a period of two weeks.
The impacted LGAs are as follows:
- Gold Coast
- Moreton Bay
- Palm Island.
The details including the need for all school staff and student in high schools is included in these LGAs.
Importantly if you have traveled to one of these LGAs over the school holiday period, you will also need to comply with the Level 2 restrictions.
There have also been some changes to the border zone arrangements.
The QTU will continue to advocate for members who are not permitted to travel to their place of work because of these restrictions.
If you have questions about these revised restrictions please contact QTAD on 1300117823 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
30 Sep : Copy of COVID-19 message to all DoE staff from DG
12 pm, Thursday 30 September 2021
As we all prepare for schools to return for Term 4, I hope staff in our corporate and regional offices have also been able to take advantage of the school break.
By now we have become accustomed to changes in the COVID-19 landscape. Today the Premier announced we are moving to Stage 2 Restrictions from 4pm in a number of Local Government Areas across Queensland, to help manage the impacts of the recent COVID-19 cases. This includes the LGAs of Brisbane City, Moreton Bay, Gold Coast, Logan, Townsville and Palm Island.
As announced earlier today by the Premier and outlined in the current Restrictions for Impacted Areas Direction, there are new restrictions in place for anyone who has been in, or is currently in, any of these LGAs.
You must wear a face mask outdoors when you are unable to stay 1.5 metres away from people who are not from your household (including at public transport waiting areas or taxi ranks and in outdoor workplaces) unless:
- you are alone or with the members of your household
- you are alone in your car or with the members of your household
- you are eating or drinking
- you are participating in strenuous exercise
- it is unsafe to wear a mask.
You must wear a face mask at all times when you are indoors, including workplaces unless:
- you are alone in an office or meeting room with the door closed
- you are at your residence and there is no one else there except people you live with
- you are eating or drinking
- it is unsafe to wear a mask
Masks are to be worn by all staff in both the corporate and school settings and all high school students when indoors, even where physical distancing is possible.
Secondary school students are required to wear masks while sitting at their desks and while on dedicated school transport.
Outside impacted LGAs
Everyone is encouraged to carry a mask and wear it when physical distancing is not possible.
Anyone who has been in an impacted area (e.g. SEQ, NSW, ACT, Victoria) should adhere to the relevant restrictions for those locations until 14 days have passed since they departed the area.
Throughout the state (i.e. outside SEQ), masks should be carried at all times and must be worn when at stadiums, airports, and on domestic or international flights.
For people outside SEQ impacted LGAs, there are some exceptions to the requirements to wear a face mask. Visit the Queensland Health website for more information.
Changes to the Qld/NSW border zone
Non-restricted border zone
As outlined in the latest Border Restrictions Direction, travel for essential work and essential purposes, between Queensland and some Local Government Areas in the New South Wales border zone is allowed.
Essential work means any work or volunteering that cannot be reasonably done from home. Essential purposes include attending school and receiving medical care.
Staff and students living and working or attending school within the non-restricted border zone are able to cross the border for this purpose, as long as you follow the requirements outlined on the Queensland Health Website, including –
- completing a Queensland entry pass
- getting tested if you develop any COVID-19 symptoms after arriving in Queensland
- monitoring the list of interstate exposure venues daily (at least once every 24 hours) from the time you complete a declaration and for 14 days after arriving in Queensland
- complying with face mask requirements.
Staff living in the NSW non-restricted border zone entering Queensland for work are required to have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Travel across the border for recreation or social visits is not permitted.
Read more about the non-restricted border zone.
Restricted border zone
Staff and students living in or who have been in the NSW restricted border zone in the previous 14 days are only able to enter Queensland for a limited number of essential purposes. This means staff and students in the restricted border zone are unable to cross the border to attend their workplace or school. Please continue to discuss arrangements with your Principal or supervisor.
Read more about the restricted border zone.
For those who have been interstate, please review the latest travel restrictions that apply.
These restrictions are relevant for places of concern, declared COVID-19 hotspots and exposure venues. This map provides more detail.
I strongly encourage all staff to take up the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Being vaccinated helps ensure your own safety, and also the safety of your families, your colleagues, students and our community.
Any vaccination appointments that fall within work time will be accommodated through paid time, including reasonable travel time. Should you have an adverse reaction to the vaccination and are unable work you will be able to access your leave entitlements.
Students aged 12–18 years
Schools may be contacted locally to assist with either promotion of vaccination to school communities including children aged 12–18 years, or the potential use of school facilities to deliver vaccine hub services.
The department is supporting a range of local options where requests are made by Queensland Health and supported by the school community.
Principals should discuss any requests with their ARD to ensure appropriate approvals are negotiated before proceeding.
Health and wellbeing
Throughout this time, helpful resources are available on our Your health and wellbeing during COVID-19 page.
Free confidential telephone counselling services are available for you and your immediate family members for work or non-work related issues. Contact LifeWorks 24/7 on 1800 604 640, the department's external Employee Assistance provider.
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.
Department of Education
COVID-19 checklists for principals, managers and employees (supplied by DoE 8 July 2021)
This checklist is for managers to use where they have been advised an employee has tested positive for COVID-19 or an employee is required to self-quarantine following close contact with someone who has tested positive to COVID-19.
This checklist is for Principals to use where they have been advised of an employee or student who has tested positive to COVID-19 or has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive to COVID-19.
This checklist is for employees to use where they have been advised that they are a confirmed case of COVID-19 or are a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case.
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