25 May 2020 : Today marks the return of all students to school-based learning following the successful transition of K-2 and years 11and 12 over the past fortnight
- *Term 2 operating guidelines, effective 25 May
- *Term 2, 2020 Operating Guidelines for Queensland State Schools : Schools/Special Education Programs and Health Supports at School , 15 May 2020
- Departmental FAQs for staff (updated 21 May 2020)
- Departmental FAQs for parents (3 May 2020)
- Return to school planning considerations (updated 22 May 2020)
- Leave guide during the COVID-19 health pandemic (updated 22 May 2020)
- *Summary of Chief Health Officer briefing on 5 May re: student return to school
- QTU members' newsflash No. 17-20, 7 May 2020 : Term 2 - staggered return to at-school attendance
- includes : Strategies to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 infection in schools | Guaranteed teacher transfer process
- *QTU advice to members- full return to school (25 May)
- Includes information on school operations (Students who choose to stay at home | managing workload | Vulnerable teachers | use of supply and contract teachers and more ) , Social distancing; Continuity of learning, school transport and much more .... for members only
- Sick leave and COVID-19 (11 May 2020)
- easy-to-follow flowchart
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing considerable anxiety among QTU members. The QTU has been meeting with the department and government officials regularly to be briefed on developments and to work on solutions to emerging issues. These emerging issues include a range of concerns raised by members in circumstances such as remote communities, special education facilities and members with specific personal and family situations. All of these issues are the subject of ongoing discussions with the department as we work through emerging issues on a day-by-day basis. We will continue to advise members of the outcomes of these discussions as the situation progresses.FAQs for QTU members: COVID-19 (updated 7 May 2020)
More cleaning for Qld state schools (19 March)
19 March 2020:
In response to our advocacy on behalf of members the Queensland Government has announced a major additional investment in cleaning time allocated to schools to ensure that during the COVID-19 crisis, all workplaces are cleaned in accordance with the recommendations of the Queensland Chief Medical Officer.
The QTU will continue to work with both the state government and the Department of Education to deliver other solutions to current and emerging member concerns.
The press release of the Minister for Education, Grace Grace follows:
More cleaning for Qld state schools
The Palaszczuk Government will increase the amount of cleaning in Queensland state schools in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Education Minister Grace Grace said schools would now be provided with additional resources to enable progressive cleaning across the course of the day.
“In line with advice from all of Australia’s Chief Health Officers, schools across the nation remain open,” Ms Grace said.
“But the role our hard-working cleaning staff play in helping to manage this public health issue is vital.
“The health, wellbeing and safety of our staff and students is our highest priority throughout this crisis.”
Minister Grace said late today the Department of Education ordered for extended and additional cleaning to commence in all schools.
“We are taking immediate action because there is nothing more important than keeping our students and staff safe,” she said.
“This additional cleaning will focus on the high touch points in schools and will happen throughout the day to ensure the risks of transmission are reduced.
“Schools should pay extra attention to health and hygiene measures including increasing the frequency of the cleaning of toilet facilities and providing additional soap and sanitiser.”
Minister Grace said soap and sanitiser products are essential for the maintenance of good staff and student hygiene.
“We will continue to work with suppliers to ensure schools have access to adequate cleaning and hygiene supplies such as soap, sanitizer, disinfectant.
“I sincerely thank all of our principals, teachers and staff for your attention to health and hygiene standards in our schools.
"But I particularly want to thank our cleaners for their dedication and commitment to the wellbeing of our students."
Schools are being asked to follow the below protocols when cleaning.
- use disposable microfibre cleaning cloths or, wash or change micro-fibre cloths daily and avoid re-using cloths across multiple surfaces
- use a general cleaner and follow with a disinfectant such as Q-sol, Peersol or S-Clean for precautionary cleans
- pay extra attention to high touch point surfaces such as door handles, light switches, desks, toilets, taps and sinks and use bleach/disinfectant solutions where appropriate for heightened cleanliness
- allow rooms to be exposed to sunlight and be well-ventilated.
QCAA advice/information for schools
The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) is providing advice to and information to schools about the coronavirus.
15 March 2020 : The QCAA, like other government agencies, is preparing for a range of scenarios by reviewing and updating its business continuity and contingency plans. We will be meeting with the three schooling sectors this week to inform this planning. If required, we will implement alternative ways of working that support schools to deliver internal assessment and enable us to provide key services and processes, including confirmation.
Pandemic Directive (Employment arrangements in the event of a health pandemic) (PDF) Implementation guide to the directive (PDF) Leave flowchart for accessing leave (extract from implementation guide) Directive: School and Early Childhood Service Exclusion Direction