WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
If your student is not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, they can continue to attend school, but you should monitor for symptoms.
Students who show symptoms of COVID-19 are required to do a rapid antigen test immediately
- On receipt of a negative test result, the student can return to school
- If students are too unwell to attend school, usual absence policies apply
For information on symptoms visit: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/symptoms-and-risks.
For more information on how to get tested visit: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/taking-test-covid-19.
If your student returns a positive result, your student has COVID-19.
- You must isolate your student at home for 7 days
- You must advise the school about the positive result
- A negative test is not required to return to school following 7 days of isolation
Reporting your student’s positive test
If your student was at school when they were infectious you need to report the positive case through the Student COVID-19 Test Portal and notify the school by phone.
You must also report your student’s positive test to the Department of Health via the COVID-19 Positive Rapid Antigen Test Self-Reporting Form or call centre on 1800 675 398.
If you have recovered from COVID-19, you are not required to get tested or isolate if you are re-exposed to a case within 4 weeks of ending your isolation period. After 4 weeks, you must follow the relevant advice depending on the type of contact you are.
Household contacts are no longer required to quarantine if they take additional safety measures, but are required to:
- Notify the school if returning during their 7 day household contact period;
- Undertake rapid antigen testing five times within the 7 days;
- Wear a face mask when indoors (if aged 8 years and above or unless they have a valid exemption);
- Are not permitted to visit hospitals or care facilities unless an exemption applies.
A student is a household contact or household-like contact if:
You have spent more than four hours with someone who has COVID-19 inside a house, accommodation or care facility.
Contact at school is not included in this definition, unless contact has occurred in a school-based residential setting, e.g. school camp or boarding school.
While recommended, face masks are no longer required in any school setting except if you are a household contact where you are required to wear a face mask for your 7 day household contact period. Any students who wish to wear a mask at any other time may do so.
Everyone including students aged 8 years and above must wear a face mask when travelling on public transport, taxis or ride share vehicles.
Further information for languages other than English
- For school information in languages other than English, call TIS National on 131 450.
- Please ask them to call the DET COVID-19 hotline on 1800 338 663 and they will help interpret.
- For translated written information about COVID-19, please visit: Translated information about COVID-19 | Coronavirus Victoria.
- For health advice in languages other than English, visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/translated-information-about-coronavirus-covid-19
General advice and support
For general advice and support please call the Department of Education and Training COVID-19 hotline on 1800 338 663.
You can also contact the school: 9531 9566
Advice and further resources about what to do if you test positive to COVID-19, or you have been told you are a contact, are at: Your COVID Checklist | Coronavirus Victoria, or call the 24/7 Coronavirus hotline on: 1800 675 398