Use of school facilities

Schools may approve use of outdoor facilities on school property, such as ovals if the use aligns with Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) advice for the relevant activity.

Schools may also permit use of indoor facilities on school property by sports and community groups in line with permitted activities in the community.

Conditions of use

Compliance with current DHHS advice is required, regardless of any pre-existing or previous arrangements agreed with a community sporting club or group.

School facilities used after hours must be cleaned before the next school day. Cleaning of facilities used after hours should be appropriate to the:

  • number of people who used the facility
  • type of areas used
  • length of time of use.

For example, it may be appropriate for a small community group that utilise a single classroom, to clean and disinfect the high touch surfaces in the classroom themselves. However, should this community group also use a functional area with a higher risk of infection transmission (such as bathroom or food preparation area), these areas must be cleaned by a professional cleaning service provider.

School principals should work with their community users to ensure the appropriate cleaning requirements are in place, including the timing of any additional professional cleaning services required, as per:

Sport, exercise and physical recreation services sector guidance

For example, it may not be reasonable for a cleaner to attend a school facility late in the evening to clean a single block of toilets. An early morning clean (before the school day commences), may be more appropriate in this situation.

In the event of a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the school community, all access to school facilities must immediately stop while contact tracing and cleaning of the school premises is undertaken, on the advice of the DHHS.

More information

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