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Face Masks and Woodleigh School

Masks Mandated in Melbourne

As you are all aware, the Victorian Government have announced that the wearing of face masks or coverings is now compulsory for all residents in Metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire. The government have stated that teachers will not need to wear masks while teaching, nor is it a requirement for children under 12.

Masks at Woodleigh

At Woodleigh, face masks are not required in our Early Childhood Centres, or, for those students of essential workers who attend our Junior Campuses. Masks are mandatory for all staff, and Senior Campus students – outside of the exemptions listed above. A $200 fine applies to people who are not wearing a face covering in public.

The link below to the DHHS website link below contains a very easy video to follow, if you would like to make your own reusable facemask.  The pattern is relatively easy and will give you a mask that you can wash and re-use each day. A far more environmentally responsible option, in keeping with our school values. This pattern has been refined and is now on version 3. 

Government Advice

The mandatory wearing of face masks will be in place from 11:59pm on Wednesday 22 July until 11:59pm on Wednesday 19 August 2020.

The Victorian Chief Health Officer has advised that, if you live in Metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire, you must wear a face mask or face covering when leaving home for one of the four essential reasons. Fines of $200 apply from Wednesday 22 July 2020.

Reasons to not wear a face covering will include

  • medical reasons
  • kids under 12
  • professional reasons, for example, teachers
  • if it's not practical, for example, when running

In these circumstances, you will still need to carry a face covering at all times to wear when you can.

For more information on face masks, visit the Department of Health and Human Services

Source: Victorian Government website

Keeping Contact

It seems that each week brings us a new challenge to contend with, and I thank you all for your continued support and flexibility as we respond to this ever-changing Coronavirus threat. Over the past week we have been trying to purchase large quantities of single use face masks for use at the school. Unfortunately, this has been problematic, however, we will continue our search. 

Please contact your Campus Head or me if you have any questions or concerns regarding this new announcement.

Stay safe, stay connected,

DAVID BAKER
Principal