COVID-19 FAQS for ethics volunteers

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The basics 2022

Schools are operating with a number of ‘COVID-smart measures’ that have been developed with NSW Health to minimise transmission of the coronavirus and keep schools open.

These key measures include:

  • from the beginning of Term 3, mask-wearing indoors  is strongly encouraged for all students and staff
  • it is strongly recommended that all eligible students and staff, including volunteers, be fully vaccinated for Covid-19
  • maximising ventilation
  • encouraging regular hand washing and continuing enhanced cleaning of schools
  • assessing high risk activities and applying appropriate safeguards.


A four-week mask-wearing blitz commences from 18 July for four weeks in Term 3, 2022. Mask-wearing indoors is strongly encouraged for all school-based staff and for all students. Masks are also required for people returning from having COVID and other groups – see here for details.

Watch our video and download printed tips on teaching ethics while wearing a mask >>


  • The Department of Education strongly recommends all eligible students and staff be fully vaccinated, including booster vaccinations as they become available to different groups
  • No one is to attend school if unwell, even with mild symptoms – get tested immediately for COVID-19 if you become symptomatic
  • As from 1 August 2022, unvaccinated staff and volunteers can return to schools.

You should try to maintain distance where possible and to make sure doors and windows are open for good ventilation where possible.

Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs)

RATs are advised only if the person going to a school has symptoms.

  • If you have any Covid-like symptoms, stay home (even if you take a RAT and it is negative).  
  • If you have no symptoms, it is up to you whether you take a RAT before attending to teach ethics. 
  • If as a volunteer you want to take a test (bearing in mind that they are not mandatory or protective and that your personal protection comes through vaccination, masking, hand hygiene and following the distancing protocols), you will need to source your own. 
  • Some people will be eligible to get free tests – find out if you are here >> 
  • Please contact your coordinator or the Primary Ethics Helpdesk if you need support or further information.