October 2022: Covid-19 Update
We have been advised by Qld Health the following:
As of 14 October 2022, it is no longer mandatory for Queenslanders to self-isolate at home when they test positive to COVID-19.
Parents are to keep the school informed of any infectious illness their child contracts and students are not to come to school if they are ill.
Adults that become close contacts are to wear masks if they cannot maintain 1.5 metres distance or in closed spaces.
April 2022: Covid-19 Update
From 6pm Thursday, 28 April, there will be no quarantine requirements for COVID-19 close contacts if they:
- do not have COVID-19 symptoms
- test negative every second day for a week from the day of becoming a close contact (day 0, 2, 4 and 6). A self-test using a RAT kit will be allowed, testing does not need to occur at a testing clinic.
- wear a mask outside of home for 7 days
- let their employer know they are a close contact, and work from home if possible.
Due to RATs now being readily available, schools will not be required to supply these for students or staff who are close contacts.
CMS is happy to provide RATs tests to staff and students until supplies have run out.
February 2022: Covid-19 Update
This is a gentle reminder to our community the keep monitoring and to keep maintaining hygiene. We thank you all for your support and vigilance.
December 2021: Covid 19 Update (2)
Schools to enforce vaccine mandate
According to numerous news reports this week, the State Government will expect Queensland schools and childcare centres to police the upcoming COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
The news comes after the Government announced on Wednesday (1/12), that COVID-19 vaccines would be mandatory for anyone aged over 16 who enters a school, childcare centre, prison or airport for work or volunteering, bringing the state into line with vaccine rules in the rest of the nation.
Education Minister Grace Grace said unlike the upcoming venue vaccine mandate, which police have promised to enforce, employers will be expected to police the mandate.
“It’s up to the employers in those centres because this does cover all of the government and non-government sectors and they will have to ensure that people coming onto their site, similar to other areas are vaccinated, particularly their staff at this point in time,” she told ABC Radio on Tuesday (30/11).
December 2021: Covid 19 Update (1)
From 17 December 2021, workers in education settings must have had one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and be fully vaccinated by 11:59pm on 23 January 2022. You need to provide evidence of your vaccination status to your employer and the education setting. If you start a new role in an education healthcare setting after 11:59pm on 23 January 2022, you must be fully vaccinated.
Parents: Visitors are not in the required mandated vaccination direction, but volunteers are. For further information, please visit the Queensland Government Website: Vaccination requirements for workers in high-risk settings.
- administration officers
- an employee of a company that supplies services to an education setting, such as plumbing, electrical and building services
- a contract teacher or early childhood instructor engaged for relief work
- volunteers who assist in delivering support activities and services in education settings such as tuckshop, reading programs, etc.
- chaplains, entertainers or support workers visiting education settings
- university students on practical placement in education settings
- psychologists or therapists providing support for individuals in education settings
- a dentist in a school dental clinic
Workers in higher educational facilities, such as universities, are not included in the vaccination mandate.
A Privacy statement is provided to assure required privacy/confidentiality with COVID information is maintained at all times. Vaccination Record Privacy Statement
For privacy reasons, please ensure that any vaccination information you are providing to the school, is sent to the Principal only: firstname.lastname@example.org
November 2021: Covid 19 Update
Easing of Queensland restrictions – Face masks
The 11 local government areas in South East Queensland are no longer considered impacted areas. This means that all of Queensland has the same restrictions for face masks. Face masks are only required in certain circumstances:
- Masks must be worn in all indoor areas of a Queensland airport. Face masks do not need to be worn in outdoor areas of an airport unless you are in a passenger transport or passenger waiting area.
Air crew and airport workers who are not interacting directly with passengers do not need to wear a face mask.
- If you’ve been in an impacted or locked down area in the last 14 days, you must continue to wear a mask until 14 days have passed. There are currently no impacted areas in Queensland.
Queensland restrictions at 80% double-dose vaccination
Please read the information provided in the link below regarding eased restrictions for businesses, restrictions for unvaccinated people and essential services and activities
October 2021: Covid 19 Update
Once 80% of Queensland’s eligible population have been fully vaccinated (expected on 17th December, 2021):
- Travelers from an interstate hotspot can arrive by road or air
- They must be fully vaccinated
- They must have had a negative COVID-19 test in the previous 72 hours
- No quarantine required.
Direct international arrivals can undertake 14 days (subject to review by AHPPC) home quarantine and subject to conditions set by Queensland Health provided they are:
- Fully vaccinated
- Have a negative COVID test in previous 72 hours.
It is important to note that at 80% vaccination coverage, there will not be government financial assistance available in the event of increased restrictions or lockdowns.
August 2021: Covid 19 Update #3
Easing of restrictions
The Queensland Government has announced the easing of restrictions for people living in the 11 affected LGAs allowing for larger home gatherings, bigger weddings, and capacity crowds at stadiums and ticketed venues. The Premier announced that Queensland would enter Stage 3 of the Unite and Recover Roadmap at 4.00pm today (27/8). Stage 3 allows for 100 percent capacity for stadiums, however masks must be worn at all times, except when eating or drinking. Likewise, ticketed venues with allocated seating, like indoor sporting events and theatres, can operate at 100 percent capacity. All restrictions are removed for community sport.
Please see the Queensland Health website for details: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/public-health-directions/restrictions-impacted-areas
Masks in the Community
South-East Queenslanders are required to continue carrying a face mask with them at all times unless they have a lawful reason not to. They must also be worn on public transport and in ride-shares and indoors, unless you can stay at least 1.5m away from other people.
Masks in schools extended
In South-East Queensland, masks must be worn by teachers and staff (all schools), plus students in high school in the 11 LGAs, unless you can stay 1.5 metres apart from other people. This applies to both indoors and outdoors.
Queensland Health has advised that face shields are an acceptable alternative to masks for teachers to enable their mouths to be seen by students to aid in expression and understanding. However, face shields are only approved for teachers, not students or other staff, who must wear masks unless they have an exemption.
The Premier advised all restrictions around masks will be reviewed on Friday, 10 September.
August 2021: Covid 19 Update #2
Planning framework for COVID-19
Yesterday, the Premier announced an easing of restrictions in the affected Local Government Areas (LGAs) from 4pm Friday 20 August.
- For schools in the Cairns region and Yarrabah, the easing of restrictions means that State schools will follow scenario 1 (COVID normal) of the Queensland COVID-19 planning framework;
- For the 11 Local Government Areas in the South East, state schools will follow scenario 2 (restrictions in places but no lockdown) of the Framework.
All schools should continue to refer to the Queensland Health website for the latest information about what restrictions apply if you have visited one of the LGAs, but do not live or attend school there.
Parents are allowed to be back on school site, with the requirement that they adhere to ongoing direction of wearing of masks. This means masks must be worn by all adults inside school buildings (unless they can stay 1.5m apart from other people) but may be removed outdoors, as long as they can keep 1.5 metres apart from other people.
Auguste 2021: Covid 19 Update #1
CMS is now using the Check In Qld app – a couple of FAQs are answered (from Unite & Recover website)
Why is providing contact information important?
When a person is diagnosed with COVID-19, the local public health unit commences contact tracing. Timing is critical. Using the Check In Qld app means your information will be provided to contact tracers quickly. Public health officers will assess the movements of the person with COVID-19 while they were infectious and determine who in the community are considered ‘close contacts’. That’s why it’s important to provide accurate and legible contact information, so we can contact you if you are affected. This will help us respond quickly and effectively to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community, and to minimise the potential for you to spread the disease to others.
If visitors/clients do not check-in with the Qld App, it would take a lot longer to complete any tracing of COVID in the community, if there is a case of an infected person. This leaves the person vulnerable and time to transmit the virus to more people. Lockdowns will continue if the virus is circulating in the community.
Do QR codes collect my personal information and data?
QR code-generating software does not collect personally identifiable information.
The data it does collect – and which is visible to the code’s creators – includes location, the number of times the code has been scanned and at what times, plus the operating system of the device which scanned the code (i.e., iPhone or Android).