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Changes to COVID restrictions

12 Oct 2020

More adults allowed to end of year events

Changes to COVID restrictions

Social events like formals and graduation ceremonies are part of a rite of passage for students and families – and following guidance from the Chief Health Officer, COVID-related restrictions have been changed across ACT schools for these important end of year events.

In line with the broader community easing of restrictions, up to 200 parents and family members will now be allowed to attend graduation ceremonies on school sites.

While schools will make their own decisions on how events will best operate for their school community, ACT public school graduation ceremonies will generally take place on school grounds, with up to two adults attending per student where possible.

Schools with larger groups of graduating students may need to split sessions or limit family attendance to one adult per student. Some schools may elect to hold ceremonies at larger offsite seated venues, which are now able to have up to 50 per cent of their capacity to a maximum of 1000 people provided a COVID Safe Plan is in place.

Live streaming, filming, and photography will also be considered by schools to support parent and family engagement in graduations.

Most ACT public school formals will also need to be held on site. Schools unable to cater for their student cohort onsite will generally consider another school site in the first instance.

While the number of parents or carers able to attend end of year events may have increased, schools will still need to take added COVID precautions. This means upholding physical distancing for adults and having good hygiene measures in place.

RSVPs and tickets will be used for events in order to manage attendee numbers. Schools must keep contact information about all students, staff and other attendees who have attended an end of year event for contact tracing purposes.

For more information about the COVID restrictions in place across ACT schools, visit