Victorian schools have returned to on-site learning with COVIDSafe Plans in place.

Operating guidelines

Health and safety measures

This guidance applies to all schools.

  • Face masks in schools

    Face masks are mandatory for all Victorians aged 12 and over when indoors, or where physical distancing cannot be maintained outdoors

  • Infection prevention and control eLearning module

    All school staff are required to complete training on how to work safely during COVID-19. Education login required

  • Cleaning supplies and services

    Additional cleaning is being implemented at all schools. The extended and increased cleaning involves progressive cleaning throughout the day, with a focus on high-touch surfaces

  • School buses services

    The School Bus Program continues to operate as normal across Victoria

  • Outside school hours care

    OSHC programs continue to operate with risk mitigation measures in place

  • School boarding premises

    Advice for school boarding premises on managing the risk of COVID-19 transmission in their facilities

  • Pre-service teacher placements

    Supervised PST placements should go ahead as planned, within the operating guidelines circulated to schools

  • COVID-19 Safety Management Plan (COVIDSafe Plan)

    Manage safety risks in schools in accordance with the minimum requirements for COVIDSafe Plans, in conjunction with the School Operations Guide, endorsed by the Victorian Chief Health Officer

  • Communicate with your school community

    Template letters and translations in community languages for school leaders to send to parents and guardians

  • COVID-19 phone line

    Ask questions about COVID-19 and education settings by calling 1800 338 663, 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). If you need an interpreter, call 131 450 first

Health advice for schools

Schools should consider a variety of strategies to support physical distancing and good hygiene practices to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission within the practical limitations of a school environment. The following actions are to be considered, adapted and implemented as necessary according to the education setting and the individual needs of the staff, students and the wider school community.

Student learning