COVID-19 News: PM’s statement on schools

On 22 March the Prime Minister gave a statement about schools:

Statement on schools

“…All leaders agreed that children should go to school tomorrow [23 March 2020]. Leaders agreed that we cannot see children lose an entire year of their education as a result of school closures caused by COVID-19.

Leaders committed to the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advice that says that it is safe to keep schools open.

Leaders also thanked all teachers and school staff for their support.

State Premiers and Chief Ministers agreed that schools will remain open through to the end of the current school terms to support students whose parents choose to send their children to school. Victoria’s school break will commence on Tuesday 24 March 2020.

All Leaders have committed to re-open schools at the end of the school break, subject to the advice of the Australian Health Principal Protection Committee.

If parents choose to keep their children home from school, parents must be responsible for the conduct of the children and to ensure they adhere to the social distancing arrangements in place. Parents must be aware that while the majority of adults who contract COVID-19 have mild forms of the virus, the elderly or those with co-morbidities can have more significant symptoms.

Schools will be encouraged to provide access to online and distance learning….”

To read the full statement please visit the Prime Minister’s website.

At 23 March, the following changes to term holidays have been announced:

  • Victoria - school break will commence on Tuesday 24 March 2020.
  • ACT - pupil free days will commence on Tuesday 24 March through to the school holidays (9 April 2020).

Refer to the relevant state or territory education authority website for further information.

Updates will be made to the COVID-19 landing page as more information becomes available.

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