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COVID-19 update from Department for Education: Face masks

27 July 2021

We received this information from the Department for Education today:

SA Health has advised that due to the biological nature of the virus combined with human behaviour, there is a real risk of further COVID-19 transmission in the South Australian community. The New South Wales outbreak also remains a serious and ongoing concern.

A key protection that allows us to return to our normal daily activities while these risks remain is the use of face masks. When the lockdown period ends at 12.01 am Wednesday 29 July 2021 masks will be required in a range of settings including all indoor public areas.

Leaders are asked to work with their staff to apply these requirements in their setting.

Face masks in schools, preschools and children’s centres

Face masks must be worn by:

  • students in year 8 and above should carry a mask with them and wear it indoors – and where congregating (ie canteen)
  • adults while indoors, except when teaching or engaging with students
  • staff in meeting rooms when present with other adults, and not eating and drinking
  • on school buses and public transport
  • all adult visitors to sites, including Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) and OSHC sites.

The following exemptions from face mask use apply:

  • primary school students
  • any student who attends a disability setting
  • ECEC staff and children
  • staff when teaching or engaging with students
  • during PE lessons
  • all staff and students when outside
  • students or staff who have a medical condition, such as problems with their breathing, a serious skin condition on the face, a disability, or a mental health condition.

Masks in Central and Regional offices

Masks must be worn by all adults when in close proximity to other adults indoors.

Exemptions will be made for staff who have a medical condition, such as problems with their breathing, a serious skin condition on the face, a disability, or a mental health condition.

Mask supplies

Either cloth or surgical masks can be worn by adults and students. 

Supplies of surgical masks have been sent to all sites, regional offices, Hindmarsh and city offices.

To order more masks, please use our new online order form.

For guidance on how to wear a face mask and disposal of face masks, please visit SA Health’s website.

Parent letter

An editable parent letter will be sent to all leaders after today’s press conference.  

More information

If you have any questions about managing the impact of COVID-19 in the workplace, please call the department’s COVID-19 Information Line on 8226 2000 (8.00am to 5.00pm).

Information is also available on the department’s dedicated EDi COVID-19 pages.

You can also call the government’s coronavirus health information line on 1800 020 080. The line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.