As life slowly returns to the COVID-19 ‘new normal,’ schools are once again looking beyond the school gates to educate and inspire their students.
Clearly, things are a bit different than they were 12 months ago, but that doesn’t mean that school activities, school excursions and camps are off the curriculum. It just means they’ll take a little more planning and active preparation.
Remember, what is okay in one State or Territory is not necessarily okay in another, so check with your State or Territory’s health and education departments before you head off on a trip or excursion. However, the general rules and advice around preventing the spread of COVID-19 are similar, no matter where your school is located.
Physical distancing, hand hygiene and meticulous record keeping remain the stalwarts of COVID-safe practice. But there are many more things you can do before and during your school activity to ensure your students, staff and parent helpers remain healthy and COVID-safe.
Consider the range of activities and facilities available to your students and recognise that some facilities and activities may need to be altered, deferred or delivered remotely to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. When making decisions, take into account the potential risk associated with the activity, the potential level of community transmission, and the modifications available to minimise risk.
We have all experienced first-hand just how disruptive COVID-19 has been to our everyday lives, and those of our students. It’s great to look forward knowing that we can cautiously start to plan ahead for school activities, school excursions and school camps – albeit with a COVID-safe approach.
Each state and territory government will continue to assess the COVID-19 situation and make its own recommendations for school excursions, school activities and school camps. For up-to-date information on schools in your state or territory, visit https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/covid19-restriction-checker/education-and-childcare and choose your state or follow the links below:
For national information, visit the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.
It’s great to look forward knowing that we can cautiously start to plan ahead for school activities, school excursions and school camps – albeit with a COVID-safe approach.