Term 1, 2021
Information is correct as of March 15, 2021.
School sites are now open to families and carers, but note the following for normal school operations:
- maximum gathering size is 1000 people (excluding staff and students)
- density requirement is one person per two square metres (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, plus are encouraged to use the Check In CBR App at the school (some schools have different codes for different parts of the school and this will help with contact tracing)
- additional cleaning and the provision of hand sanitiser continue
- anyone who is unwell should stay home.
Check In CBR App
The ACT Government is now requiring the use of the Check In CBR App in many situations. This includes wherever a school is used as a venue for an event.
All schools now have QR codes for the Check In CBR App available for use. It is up to the event organiser (eg the P&C!) to ensure that all attendees sign in using these codes and the App. This applies to all P&C-organised events, such as discos, working bees, and even P&C meetings.
COVID-safe plans for all your events
All events in the ACT now require a written COVID safe plan. This includes all P&C-organised events, like discos, BBQs and working bees, plus (arguably) P&C meetings. This plan is simply a formal way of thinking through the risks associated with your event and how you are going to manage these risks - in the same way that you have already been doing when considering distancing and hygiene measures and so on.
To make things easier for P&Cs, Council has created this COVID Safe Event Plan template for your association to quickly adapt to your needs. This is a single plan which can cover all of your small events (fewer than 500 people attending).
Note that there are additional requirments for larger events:
- 501-1000 people - written COVID plan to be submitted to ACT Health
- more than 1000 people - an exemption is required.
P&C meetings can go ahead on school sites, as long as:
- attendees use the Check In CBR App (see above)
- 1.5m physical distancing is maintained
- the one person per 2 square metre rule is applied
- hand santiser is provided
- you manage the risk associated with any food or drink served (see the COVID-safe plan above)
For events, see above.
Cash can now be taken for fundraisers 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.
Volunteers working on schools sites should sign in at the school's front office AND be encouraged to also use the Check In CBR App. They should maintain 1.5m social distancing and abide by "maximum people in this room" signs posted on all school rooms.
Uniform shops and canteens
If your P&C operates the school's unform shop, note the following:
- all volunteers are to sign in at the school's front office AND be encouraged to also use the Check In CBR App
- encourage all customers to sign in at the front office and using the Check In CBR App
- use the 1 person per 2 square metre rule for all adults (customers and volunteers)
- use measures to maintain the 1.5m social distancing such as signage, markings on the floor, a larger space in the school, 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.
- Cash can now be taken 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, or washing/sanitising hands or changing gloves after any cash handling. Money taken can be stored for a couple of days before counting and banking.
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 updated our template (doc) of a simple plan for your canteen - for you to review and modify to reflect your circumstances. Also useful: Worksafe ACT cleaning factsheet, Comprehensive Federal Government CovidSafe business planning worksheet.
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: 6205 0900
Last updated 16 March 2021.