*Is my school closed due to COVID-19?*

Remember that if you are unwell with a temperature, cough or cold and flu symptoms, it’s important that you stay at home and practice social distancing.

Short answer – schools are open 

Long answer

Schools in Tasmania are still open; however, the Prime Minister has said that parents can choose to keep their children at home if they wish to.

Tasmanian schools have introduced social distancing measures which means the following activities have been cancelled 

  • assemblies and presentation nights
  • excursions
  • travel
  • fetes
  • fairs
  • concerts (with audiences)
  • all sports carnivals
  • school camps (both local and interstate)
  • parent teacher meetings (consider using phone or other technology).

All Library Tasmania sites closed on 25 March 2020, however online services are still available.

These restrictions will be in place until further notice.

For more information, you can visit the Tasmanian Department of Education website here: https://www.education.tas.gov.au/about-us/alerts/

What if I attend a private or independent school?

If you go to a private or independent school, they can make their own decisions about whether your school can stay open or not. We recommend that you contact your school directly and ask if they are open. 

Who else you can talk to

If you’re feeling stressed or worried about what is happening you can contact:

  • the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 for free and private counselling (available 24 hours a day, but there can be a wait to get through). They are happy to talk to young people between the ages of 5-25 years about anything that’s troubling them. You can also email them or chat online at: http://kidshelpline.com.au./
  • eHeadspace provides counselling to young people ages 12-25 who are worried about their mental health or are feeling alone. You can email them or chat online at: https://www.eheadspace.org.au./

Other useful resources

See the Australian Government recommendations here: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

See the headspace factsheet on coronavirus here: https://headspace.org.au/young-people/how-to-cope-with-stress-related-to-covid-19/

See Reach Out’s tips for taking care of yourself here: https://au.reachout.com/articles/10-ways-to-take-care-of-yourself-during-coronavirus

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