School operations

COVID-19 — School Operations


COVID-19 information for schools and school staff

The new Victorian Government COVID-19 website has a large amount of information for schools and school staff which is regularly updated:

School Operations Guide

The School Operations Guide sets out comprehensive advice on school operations during COVID-19. It is available from the Department's intranet:

Health and safety measures

Information on health and safety measures in schools including face masks, infection prevention and control eLearning module, school bus services, outside school hour care services and pre-teacher placements:

Personal protective equipment

Current advice on COVID-19 for school staff on the intranet

The Department regularly updates its advice for school staff on the intranet:

COVID Safe Plan and other employee health, safety and wellbeing supports for schools

The Policy and Advisory Library (PAL) OHS Management System has been updated to include information on employee health, safety and wellbeing, including advice on COVID Safe Plans for Victorian government schools:

COVID-19 Infection Prevention training in schools

All staff working onsite in schools are required to complete the eLearn module School infection prevention and control during COVID-19 (login required). This module provides COVID-19 infection control training specifically designed for Victorian government schools.

School communications to community

The Department has developed resources to assist schools to communicate COVID-19 related information to their communities, including:

  • Posters communicating COVID-19 restrictions, face mask requirements, OHS staff noticeboard and school closures
  • Social media and website images and videos to inform your school communities of the current restriction levels
  • A template local school policy to communicate operational requirements to parents and students
  • Information and communication resources relating to school closures and reopening
  • Template letters (including in different languages)

Refer to: Communications Support Pack (login required)

Health advice for schools

This website contains a range of information for schools on supporting health during COVID-19:

Temperature Checks

Due to the low rate of community transmission of COVID-19, schools have been advised they can cease daily temperature checks for the time being. Further information is available in the School Operations Guide (staff login required).

Learning from home in a school setting

The Department's website contains a number of teaching and learning resources for schools including information on digital platforms and online tools for learning:

School camps

Information on school camps in Term 4 is available at: School Camps during COVID-19

Financial management

The Department's intranet page on managing the financial impact of the COVID-19 response contains information on financial assistance and other financial management topics:

Previous advice sent to schools by the Department

The Department has collated all direct send emails and School Update articles containing COVID-19 information on one intranet page:

Information for parents on the Victorian government COVID-19 website

The Department's website contains information specifically written for a parent audience:

DET COVID-19 phone line

A dedicated COVID-19 advice phone line is available for principals, teachers and school staff to ask questions or provide feedback on Department services.

Phone: 1800 338 663
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

DHHS COVID-19 phone line

A dedicated COVID-19 advice phone line is available for the general public:

Phone: 1800 675 398
Hours: 24 hours / 7 days a week

Resources for school operations including Return to School Operations Guide In Word or PDF, links to Chief Health Officer advice and links to other Department websites relating to COVID-19

Reviewed 05 February 2021

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