The State Government has today confirmed that all Queensland students will return to school on May 25, to resume face-to-face lessons with their teachers.
Education Minister Grace Grace said that the state’s education facilities are looking forward to “rolling out the welcome mat” for students in years 2 – 10 in the coming weeks.
It comes after those in kindy, prep, grade 1 and years 11 and 12 returned to classrooms full time on Monday.
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“It’s been very successful, I want to thank all the schools for all the work that they have done,” Ms Grace told reporters at a press conference on Friday morning.
“Parents and carers have done an excellent job in drop, stop and go, it’s worked extremely well… and schools will be implementing new guidelines now that years 2 and 10 will return, and we’re very happy that we can welcome all students back.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk praised Queenslanders for their efforts in helping the state get to this stage so quickly.
“This is possible given the low transmission rates in Queensland and I want to thank all Queenslanders for helping us smash the curve,” she said.
Extra hygiene measures and social distancing arrangements will be put in place at schools to help minimise risks to teachers, staff, students and families.
Ms Grace confirmed there will be increased cleaning of all classrooms and toilet blocks, while schools are also helping out by staggering lunch breaks along with start and finish times.
Schools are also implementing smaller classroom sizes when they can, and spacing desks to practice social distancing.
At this stage, interschool sports and all contact sports are still off the cards.
Whilst many will be looking forward to returning to the classroom, teachers, parents and students are being reminded that if they’re unwell, to stay home.
“If anyone is sick, please stay home… Now is not the time to turn up to work or school if you are not feeling well,” Ms Grace said.