Message to Parents/Carers – COVID-19 Update – Returning from Queensland

Dear parents/carers,

If you have been in Queensland recently, you may now be required to stay at home.

The Tasmanian Government, on advice from Public Health, has announced that Tasmania’s borders are closed to non-essential travellers from the eleven Queensland local government areas declared high-risk (Level 2) (excluding transit through Brisbane Airport).

If your child has been in a high-risk (Level 2) area in Queensland (as listed at www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/facts/important-community-updates) at any time on or after 12:01am on 17 July, they MUST stay home and not attend school.

The stay-at-home order commenced at 6:00pm on 31 July and will continue until 5:59pm on Tuesday 3 August. This timeframe could be subject to change and further updates will be provided.

In line with the protocol that applied in recent weeks to returned travellers from Victoria and South Australia, students and staff affected by state specific restrictions for Queensland, should not attend school on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 August.

Please advise us of your child’s absence and to discuss any concerns that you may have.

Importantly, there are Learning at Home resources available at https://www.education.tas.gov.au/learning-at-home/ for impacted students, to support them to continue to engage in education through this period. We will also reach out to support.

Those students in Years 11 and 12 that are impacted, are asked to make contact with us to advise of their situation. Every effort will be made to ensure these students are able to continue to participate in their learning.

 

Please remember to keep safe

This is a reminder that although Tasmania is currently tracking well, thanks to everyone’s commitment to doing the right thing, it is important that each one of us remains vigilant and continues to abide by the Public Health guidelines. This includes:

  • maintaining physical distancing;
  • practising good hygiene and washing your hands;
  • getting tested if you have even the mildest of symptoms;
  • keep students at home if they are unwell;
  • downloading and using the Check in TAS app whenever required, including when you enter school sites – more information can be found here: https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/check-in-tas

The Department will continue to keep staff, parents/carers and students updated regularly, and in close collaboration with Public Health will review the situation and provide a further update prior to Wednesday 4 August ensuring students, their families and schools have clarity.