4. COVID-19 employee health, safety and wellbeing supports for schools
COVID-19 Safety Management Plan (COVIDSafe Plan)
The (COVIDSafe Plan) applies to all schools and outlines the key OHS risks and links to the latest guidance. All schools must have a copy of this plan available at their school. This document in conjunction with the sets out the approach for managing safety risks in schools in accordance with the minimum requirements for the COVIDSafe Plans.
The department’s OHS Advisory Service () or local can assist in tailoring the plan to individual school needs. Principals must consult with their staff through local health and safety representatives (HSRs) and health and safety committees (if applicable) or via staff meetings to implement the health and safety guidance to the extent reasonably practicable, and escalate unresolved issues via (staff login required), which is being proactively monitored by the department to provide support.
Managing the risk of COVID-19 in schools
COVID-19 Infection prevention and control training and information
All staff working on-site in schools are required to have completed the eLearn module (staff login required). A parallel module is now also for pre-service teachers, casual relief teachers and other staff working in schools who do not have eduPay access. Staff may complete the training again as a refresher, at any time.
COVIDSafe Assurance Program for Schools
The COVIDSafe Assurance Program for Schools provides COVID-19 support and monitoring to schools through risk based or reactive support that is available for all schools. The program involves trained OHS Support Officers providing remote or on-site support to any schools that are identified as needing support, or in response to requests for support to implement the COVIDSafe controls.
Other information and useful sources
Reviewed 20 January 2023