COVID-19 Information

Information and advice for Parent Associations

Term 1, 2021

Information is correct as of February 2021, and, of course, is subject to change!

School operations

School sites are now open to families and carers, but note the following:

  • maximum gathering size is 500 people (excluding staff and students)
  • density requirement is one person per two square metres for regular school events/operations (inside and out).
  • staff and visitors should keep 1.5 metres apart from each other
  • parents, carers and visitors to schools should check in at the front office as usual
  • additional cleaning and the provision of hand sanitiser continue.
  • anyone who is unwell should stay home. 

See the Education Directorate's updated COVID restrictions for schools and FAQ for families for details.

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These can now go ahead on school sites, as long as:

  • 1.5m physical distancing is maintained
  • the one person per four square metre rule is applied. If P&Cs use the Check in CBR app (or the school's Check in CBR App, check with your school to see if they have registered), the indoor density can increase to one person per two square metres.

P&C events

Events such as discos, working bees, info sessions and fundraisers can now go ahead, as long as measures are taken to ensure 1.5m distancing and gathering and density requirements are met. These requirements are different depending on who is attending. Events involving members of the general community are more risky than events which are only open to members of the school's families, parents and carers.

Events involving only families and carers of students at the school:

  • Maximum gathering size =  500 (does not include students or staff)
  • Outdoor density = one person per two square metres
  • Indoor density =  one person per four square metre rule. This reduces to one person per two square metres if the Check in CBR App is used (check with your school, they may already have registered).

Events involving members of the broader community who are not the families of students at the school:

  • Maximum gathering size =  200. This can be increased to 500 if you have,, submit to ACT Health, and follow a COVID Safe plan for the event.
  • Outdoor density = one person per two square metres
  • Indoor density =  one person per four square metres. This reduces to one person per two square metres if the Check in CBR App is used.

In addition, events open to the broader community must comply with broader event restrictions and guidelines as per ACT Public Health Directions.

Tips for a safe event

  • follow and encourage good hygiene - eg provide hand sanitiser
  • think carefully about how you will maintain social distancing, eg, spacing seats, directions and markers where adults are queuing (eg for pick-up/drop-off/signing in of students at a disco), making volunteers aware of the need to remain 1.5m from each other
  • keep attendance records if possible (and where not using the Check in CBR App).

P&C services and operations

Cash
Cash can now be taken for fundraisers and P&C services such as uniform shops and canteens, but other payment methods are still preferred. It is up to P&Cs to manage the risk that cash presents, such as by having separate people handling cash and stock/food, or washing/sanitising hands or changing gloves after any cash handling. Money collected for fundraising can be stored for a couple of days before counting and banking.

Volunteer and staff safety
The density requirement of 4 square metres per adult must be met for volunteers and staff, as well as any customers at your service (eg uniform shop). Measures to handle crowds and queues of adults is still required to keep the 1.5m physical distancing.

Uniform shop tips

  • to maintain the 1.5m social distancing you could use signage, markings on the floor, a larger space than usual, additional volunteers to direct traffic, an outside waiting area, or 10 minute appointment slots to reduce crowding.
  • practice good hygiene and make hand sanitiser available for customers
  • consider not allowing students to try on clothes, but instead have a clear return policy for poor fit. Returned clothes can be put aside for 3 days before offering them for sale again.

Canteens

Must have a COVID Safe plan
From June 5 2020, all Food Businesses in the ACT are required to have a written Covid Safety Plan, available in the canteen for inspection by Health Protection Services Inspectors. To assist, Council has created this template (doc) for a simple plan for your canteen - for you to review and modify to reflect your circumstances.  This can now include cash handling, if you choose to take cash, and the measures you will take to manage risk (such as those suggested above).  Also useful: Worksafe ACT cleaning factsheetComprehensive Federal Government CovidSafe business planning worksheet.

Training
ACT Health and the CIT are providing Free infection control training for workplaces, including for food businesses. It's online and takes around 18 hours. Enquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (6207 3196)

General information for P&Cs

Please regularly check the latest advice from ACT Health, available from www.health.act.gov.au

The ACT Government's business liaison help line is a great place for advice and details of regulations on activities (can my canteen use cash? (yes), can we run a sausage sizzle (also yes)): 6205 0900

The ACNC also has information for Charities and other not-for-profits about operating during the COVID19 crisis.

Help for parents

See this guide for parents of younger children.

The Commonwealth Department of Health has published the Return to School for Students with Disability COVID-19 Risk Management Plan  to help families and schools prepare for the return to school.

Please regularly check the latest advice from ACT Health, available from www.health.act.gov.au

 

Last updated 2 Feb 2021.