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 This page provides advice to parents and school communities about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in 2022. 

Masks at school

  • While recommended, face masks are not required in any school settings from 11.59pm 22 April 2022. 

  • Any students or staff members who wish to wear a mask may do so, including those who are medically at-risk, this means students in Grades 3 to 6 and staff and visitors to primary schools are no longer required to wear face masks. 

  • Household close contacts attending school who are over 8 years of age are required to wear face masks indoors unless they have a valid exemption. See updated household contact requirements below.

  • Everyone, including students aged 8 years and above must wear a face mask when travelling on public transport, taxis or ride share vehicles.

  • Face masks may use as an additional temporary risk-mitigation measure in exceptional circumstances, for example if a school experiences high levels of or prolonged transmission.

Screening Requirements

  • Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have completed their 7-day isolation period, do not need to undertake rapid antigen test (RAT) screening for 12 weeks after their release from isolation. This was previously 8 weeks.

Household Contacts

  • Students and staff who are household contacts of a COVID-19 case are no longer required to quarantine. They can return to school as long as they undertake rapid antigen tests (RAT) 5 times within their 7-day period and wear face masks indoors if they are aged 8 and above unless they have a valid exemption. If any household contact returns a positive RAT result during this period, they must isolate for 7 days and not attend school.

RAT screeing program continuation

  • From Monday 23 May 2022, it is recommended RATs are used by students and staff when symptomatic. RATs are also required to be used for 5 days if a student or staff member is a close contact of a confirmed case and they are attending or working at a school.

  • It is no longer recommended that non-symptomatic students or staff conduct RATs twice a week in mainstream schools and 5 days a week in specialist schools.

Vaccination requirements for visitors to schools

  • Parents, carers and other adult visitors (not performing work) are no longer required to show evidence of two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Community use of school facilities

  • Schools will no longer need to request evidence of vaccination of staff or workers from external community groups who use premises outside the school’s normal operating hours.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline

The Department of Education and Training’s coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline is available from 8am - 6pm, 7 days a week (excluding public holidays), phone 1800 338 663.

Latest Advice

The latest information on the restrictions issued by the Victorian Government is available from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website.

Translation Resources
Translated information about coronavirus: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/translated-resources-coronavirus-disease-covid-19

Current as of 22 June, 2022

Bendigo Office

120 Hargreaves St
PO Box 477
Bendigo, 3552
Ph: (03) 5443 2377

Tatura Office

74 Hogan St
Tatura, 3616
Ph: (03) 5831 3811

Wangaratta Office

71 Ryley St
PO Box 1181
Wangaratta, 3677
Ph: (03) 5723 0000

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