In addition to below guidelines, stay home if you're feeling unwell. If cases remain unwell, they should seek additional health advice.
Schools connected to a confirmed case
What cases and contacts need to do in Phase 3
For information about what to do if you are a case or contact, and for information about the support available in the different phases, please visit the Unite Against COVID-19 website.
What to do if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in your school
You will need to get in touch with your regional contact person during business hours to let us know you have a case.
We will need to know if the case is a:
- other staff member
Schools no longer need to undertake contact tracing in their schools under Phase 3 of the Omicron response.
In the event there is a case of COVID-19 in your school, you may wish to use these letter templates.
Return to school after recovering from COVID-19
Go to the COVID website for information.
Contacts in group accommodation
If there is a case connected with a school hostel, overnight trip, school camp, or when providing home-based care, no one involved would be classified as a household contact.
Instead, close contacts of that case may choose to self-isolate but are not required to do so. At a minimum, they should be asked to monitor closely for symptoms for 7 days.
As soon as they become symptomatic, they must isolate and ask to get tested.
Click below for more information about school hostels.
Overnight trips and camps
- Anyone who is identified as a confirmed case will be required to isolate for 7 days.
- Anyone from the overnight trip/camp who is a close contact of that case is not required to isolate. However, as a precaution you may choose to ask them to isolate for a period of time following their last exposure to the case. There is no legal requirement for this to occur. A period of seven days from their last exposure to the case is recommended should they choose to isolate (this assumes they are isolating separately from the case).
- Anyone in the group, including close contacts of a confirmed case, who is symptomatic (even if only very mild symptoms) must be encouraged to get tested for COVID-19.
- When cases do arise, they can travel back to their homes to isolate. However, public transport cannot be used to do this. Therefore, your trip/camping plan must include how cases will be returned safely to their homes to isolate. If returning home is not possible, then you will need a plan for cases to isolate:
- they should be separated as much as is practicable from others
- cases can isolate together
- close contacts choosing to isolate should be separated as is practicable from others, but they may isolate together
- close contacts can isolate with the case, but there is an obvious risk of transmission of the virus if sharing the same room while the case is infectious.
- Supporting the health and wellbeing for all members of the group, including staff and volunteers, continues to be a priority.
The guidance for isolating safely in school hostels provides some very helpful information to support people to isolate safely and can be applied to overnight stays and camps.