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School's back, and masks are on for secondary students

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27 July 2021

With students across the state heading back to school tomorrow (Wednesday 28 July), it’s important to make sure we all stay safe.

Face masks help stop the spread of COVID-19, and by wearing one, students and staff will play a part in protecting their community.

SA Health has determined that all students in year 8 and above must wear a mask indoors, while travelling on school buses and public transport.

Adults, including teachers and school support staff, must also wear a mask while travelling on buses and public transport. They do not need to wear masks while teaching or engaging with students.

All adult visitors to any public Early Childhood Education and Care setting, preschool, or school are also required to wear a mask.

There are some exemptions to this rule. You do not need to wear a mask if you are in one of the following groups:

  • Primary school students, Early Childhood staff and children, and any child in a disability setting
  • Staff when teaching or engaging with students
  • Staff and students when outside, including during practical PE lessons
  • Students and staff if they have an illness, condition or disability, such as problems with their breathing, a serious facial skin condition, or a mental health condition.

Our students are no doubt excited to return to the classroom after a week of learning from home. With these extra safety measures in place, we can all do our part to help keep SA safe from the spread of COVID-19.