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COVID-19 update: Vaccinations and term 4 operations

12 October 2021
We received this information from the Department for Education today:

COVID-19 vaccinations

School COVID-19 vaccination hubs

From Monday 25 October, SA Health will run pop-up vaccination hubs at 18 of our schools across both metropolitan and regional areas.

Staff, students, parents and members of the public will be able to attend these hubs to receive their first and second dose of Pfizer.

These locations were chosen with SA Health based on current vaccination data and identified priority areas.

We’ll continue to work closely with SA Health on other ways of encouraging staff and students to be vaccinated.

Getting vaccinated

Along with pop-up vaccination hubs in some schools, SA Health is introducing different ways to make getting vaccinated even easier including mobile and walk-in clinics. Pharmacies and GP clinics also have increased supplies available.

To find out what is available or to book your appointment, visit the SA Health website.

One you’ve received your first or second dose, please, please, please, please update your details in the EIK.

Vaccination consent letter from Professor Nicola Spurrier

Professor Nicola Spurrier has written a letter to help schools communicate with students and families about the COVID-19 vaccine and vaccination consent.

Please share this with parents and carers within your school community.

Download the letter (PDF 359KB) >

Student COVID-19 vaccination survey

SA Health are surveying people aged 12 to 25 about COVID-19 vaccination. Please encourage your students to complete this survey as soon as possible.

The link to share with students is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HTJL72Y

Term 4 operations

Face masks

Face masks are an additional physical barrier to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and must continue to be worn as outlined on EDi.

We’re investigating at what stage mask use can be reduced.

Students will not be required to wear masks while sitting their SACE exams. Exam seating must accommodate physical distancing and COVID safe measures.

Ventilation in schools and preschools

A well-ventilated space can lower the risk of aerosol transmission of COVID-19.

Here’s a few things schools, preschools and children’s centres can do to improve ventilation.

  • Increase fresh air into indoor spaces whenever possible by opening windows and doors, including staff rooms and administration areas.
  • Airing out rooms when not in use.
  • Using ceiling fans where natural ventilation is available to encourage airflow, however you should avoid using fans in enclosed spaces (where fresh air is not available).
  • Continue to use air conditioners and ceiling fans (where installed) and consider opening windows and doors to maximise fresh air and minimise recirculation.
  • Maximise the use of outdoor learning environments where appropriate.

While important, improved ventilation does not replace other infection control mechanisms such as physical distancing, personal hygiene and use of masks. 

Please make sure you don’t prop any fire doors open and ensure that all windows and doors are closed at the end of the day.

The department has been working on a plan to audit our buildings.

End of year events

End of year events can go ahead providing government health advice (physical distancing, room density and hygiene) is strictly followed. Details on holding COVID-19 safe events for schools and preschools is available on EDi.

Please note that planned events may be subject to sudden change or cancellation in accordance with the latest public health advice. It is important that you consider alternative arrangements during your planning.

COVID-19 Site Safety Plan

The COVID-19 Site Safety Plan - Term 4 has been reviewed to assist in managing the risks associated with COVID -19.

The COVID-19 Site Safety Plan STAR task needs to be completed to ensure that all sites have a plan in place and have consulted with staff and health and safety representatives.

Contact: Education.WHS [at] sa.gov.au (Work Health and Safety), phone 8226 1440.

COVID-SAfe check in

It’s vital that all staff, contractors and visitors, including parents, COVID-SAfe check in whenever entering one of our buildings.

The QR code for your site should be clearly displayed at all entrances to buildings and a hard copy sign in sheet should also be readily available.

Security in central offices

Along with using the QR code, staff in corporate offices are reminded to also swipe in using their access pass when entering the office, including accessing different areas of the building.

Security doors shouldn’t be left open.

For more information

Work Health and Safety – COVID-19
Phone: 8226 2000
Email: education.whs [at] sa.gov.au