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Education, schools and childcare – Queensland

Updated on 10 September 2021, at 18:00 AET

All of Queensland

Schools and childcare

All Queensland students can attend school — including kindergarten. Early childhood education and childcare centres can open. If your child is unwell, don't send them to school.

Some parents or carers may still wish to keep their children home from school due to special circumstances, medical vulnerability or concerns about the risk of COVID-19 transmission. If you choose to keep your child at home, you're responsible for their supervision, learning, safety and wellbeing at home.

When students have a medical reason for needing to stay at home or in isolation, schools will support their learning at home — just as they would for any extended student medical absence.

These school activities are allowed:

  • indoor and outdoor sport — including inter-school and representative competition
  • excursions and camps — if locations and businesses have a COVID Safe industry plan. Some extra-curricular activities can occur if people practise physical distancing.
  • outdoor school events — such as sporting carnivals — can have up to 1,500 people if a COVID Safe Event Checklist is in place. Larger events will require a COVID Safe Plan.
  • formals and graduations at venues with a COVID Safe Industry Plan or Event Checklist in place — including in-school venues. Dancing is allowed.
  • outside of school hours care (OSHC)
  • music programs, and ensemble and choir rehearsals
  • school concerts and musicals
  • assemblies

Boarding schools

Boarding schools can open.

Boarding students — whether at a state, Catholic or independent school — who reside in designated Indigenous communities and haven’t yet returned to boarding will continue to have their learning program provided by their school.

These students may continue to access their local school where there is a documented agreement signed by both principals.

Boarding school students can sleep over at friends’ houses on weekends and holidays.

Face masks

In the 11 local government areas in South East Queensland — Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Noosa, Somerset, Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim — all staff in schools and students in high school must wear a mask until 4pm Friday 24 September 2021.

See ‘Face masks — Queensland' in the Restriction Checker for more details.

Other education

Students can attend universities, TAFEs and other vocational educational facilities if physical distancing is observed.

Large lecture settings are allowed up to 100 per cent capacity if seating is ticketed and allocated — if not, there should be no more than 1 person per 2 square metres. All other settings — such as tutorials and laboratory-based learnings — are not subject to density limits.

Vocational education and training (VET) courses will continue. Registered Training Organisations (or RTOs) can attend schools to deliver these programs. Students can attend RTO sites, if physical distancing and effective hygiene protocols are adhered to.

For more information and support:

  • visit the Queensland Government Department of Education website: qed.qld.gov.au. Scroll down to ‘COVID-19 latest advice’
  • call the state school hotline: 1800 570 793
  • call the early childhood families hotline: 1800 454 639

Contact information

Some businesses must collect contact information from staff and patrons for the purpose of contact tracing using the Check In Qld app. For more information, visit covid19.qld.gov.au/check-in-qld.

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