Face coverings in schools

As you may be aware, from 11:59pm on Sunday 2nd August all Victorians 12 years of age and over will be required to wear a face covering outside of the home. This means that our students will be required to wear face coverings at school from Monday 3rd August (Week 4).

While we understand that this may present some initial hurdles, we appreciate that this additional measure is designed with the goal of keeping our school community safe.

 

The following information is provided to answer questions that this new measure may raise.

 

When will face coverings be required?

All Victorians 12 years of age and older, including Cobden Technical School students and staff, will be required to wear face coverings outside the home from 11:59pm on Sunday, 2nd August. This means that from Monday 3rd August (Week 4 of the school term), students and staff will be expected to wear face coverings to and from school, including when travelling on school buses, and during the course of the school day. Students and staff are not required to wear a face covering if travelling in a private car with members of their own household.

 

What kind of face covering is required?

A face mask is recommended, and includes any paper or textile covering designed or made to be worn over the nose and mouth to protect the wearer. It does not have to be medical grade and you can make your own. If a face mask is not available other forms of face covering may be used such as a scarf or bandana.

 

Will school be providing face coverings?

Given that all Victorians should be wearing face coverings outside of the home, families should endeavour to provide their child/ren with face coverings. A limited supply may be available at school for students who have not been able to obtain one, but families should not rely on face coverings being provided by the school.

 

Will staff be wearing face coverings?

In line with the new requirements, staff will also be wearing face coverings. Staff may choose not to wear them while in the act of teaching, but will wear them at other times.

 

What if my child has a medical or other condition?

Some students and staff are exempt from these requirements. This includes student or staff who have a medical condition, including problems with their breathing, a serious skin condition on the face, a disability or a mental health condition.

 

Are there times when my child/ren can take the face covering off?

Students and staff will be able to remove the face covering for a limited number of reasons largely guided by common sense, including when doing any exercise or physical activity where they are out of breath or puffing; examples include jogging or running but not walking. Students and staff must carry a face covering on them and wear it when they finish exercising. They may also remove the face covering when consuming food, drink or medication.

 

We thank you for your ongoing support throughout this year. Please also note that

Friday 7th August is a Student Free Day; students are not required at school on this day

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