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Masked Education: COVID-19 Restrictions on School Learning

Updated: Jul 10, 2023

While students across Queensland have since returned back to their 'normal' classrooms, the impact of COVID-19 and the need for masks in the classroom has continued to affect student education and learning at school.

Crowd of older students wearing masks at school

The Queensland Government has announced that impacted areas across South East Queensland in 11 local government areas means a continuation of Stage 3 restrictions and face mask requirements between 4:00PM AEST 10 September until 4.00pm AEST 24 September 2021. The impacted areas are:

  • City of Brisbane

  • Moreton Bay Regional Council

  • City of Gold Coast

  • City of Ipswich

  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council

  • Logan City

  • Noosa Shire Council

  • Redland City

  • Scenic Rim Regional Council

  • Somerset Regional Council

  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council

For students regardless of age, this means that they will have to continue to wear face masks during their indoor classes. Many teachers have already noted that the necessity of masks at school has resulted in reduced student engagement and monitoring, interrupted social interaction and reduced learning support for students with additional needs. Also, many students have complained about the physical side effects of wearing masks all day, such as headaches. As a result, teachers have said that it has become increasingly difficult to manage students in class to ensure that they are each still learning effectively.

Despite these challenges, the majority of students have shown to have adapted well to the online platforms that schools are now implementing that have been put in place in order to be able to adjust to any new changes or challenges of this pandemic. In the end, we hope that schools across Australia will continue to effectively address and manage the problems presented by COVID-19 to avoid any significant impact on the health, learning and support of our students.

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