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COVID-19 update: step 3

16 June 2020

We received this information from the Department for Education yesterday:

The Premier has announced step 3 of the COVID-19 roadmap.

This means we can prepare to ease some of the restrictions currently in place for schools, preschools and early years settings.

Physical distancing requirements remain in place

All adults must continue to follow the density and physical distancing guidelines outlined by SA Health:

  • no more than 1 person per 4-square metres in an enclosed space
  • maintain a minimum social distance of 1.5 metres.

A reminder that the AHPPC does not believe that it’s appropriate or practical for students and children to maintain physical distancing requirements in classrooms or corridors.

From Monday 29 June, there will be no cap on the number of people in 1 room, however the above physical distancing and room density requirements must be followed by adults e.g. staff meetings. 

Step 3

From Monday 29 June, the following activities can resume providing government health advice and physical distancing requirements are strictly followed:

  • parents, volunteers, departmental support and other service providers may again enter school and preschool grounds. All external service providers and volunteers must complete the site access form on entry
  • school assemblies
  • class photos
  • all intrastate camps and excursions
  • all school sport competitions, sports days and carnivals, including inter-school competitions (use of change rooms and shower facilities is not permitted)
  • inter-school choirs, bands and other performing art activities
  • school formals, socials and discos
  • playgroups and occasional care
  • larger face-to-face professional learning activities.

Please note that this is a list of activities that can recommence at the discretion of the site leader.

Requirements that remain in place

  • It’s important that students and staff stay home if they are unwell.
  • Physical contact (even between students) must be limited. Non-physical greetings should be encouraged.
  • Daily student attendance reporting for all schools must continue to be reported by 4pm each day, and weekly for preschools.
  • School, preschool or early childhood visits to nursing homes cannot recommence.
  • The general public should not access school playgrounds or play equipment.
  • Parents must continue to physical distance, including at school pick up and drop off.
  • Interstate and overseas travel remains on hold.

While all SA borders will open on 20 July, the department will consult with SA Health regarding interstate school camps and provide further advice to schools.

Current school/preschool access arrangements (until 29 June)

A reminder that essential service staff (including departmental supports) can attend schools, preschools and early childhood services at the request of the principal, preschool director and/or education director. Online or remote site supports are encouraged to proceed where it is appropriate.

This is likely to include psychologists, speech pathologists, social workers, curriculum and school improvement support, and any other service that is vital to the health, wellbeing and learning outcomes of our students.

Vulnerability to COVID-19

Employees and students who are considered vulnerable to COVID-19 should consult their medical practitioner when deciding to return to the workplace or school/preschool.