COVID-19: Gold Coast schools close, students told to “stay home”

A number of schools across the Gold Coast have been affected by the lockdown in Greater Brisbane, causing many education facilities to close their doors to students of non-essential workers.

Several schools across the city sent emails to parents overnight, requesting they keep their children at home if possible.

In a note sent by Pimpama State Secondary College, parents were told a number of teachers had been caught up in the lockdown.


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“Our school has a significant number of teaching staff that live in the impacted areas. In addition, many of our non-teaching staff including cleaning staff also live in the impacted areas,” the email said.

“As a result, we are unable to provide supervision for all classes over the next three days.

“If you are able to keep your children home for the remaining 3 days of term that would be greatly appreciated. Students will not be penalised for their absence over the the next 3 days.”

Coomera State School also issued a similar notice to parents.

“Please be aware that the directives from Queensland Health and the Premier have resulted in many of our staff being required to work from home,” they said.

“This means that supervision at school will be provided as best as we can. With limited supervision, parents may choose whether to send their children to school over the next three days.”

Helensvale State School confirmed the school will remain open, however, said that there would be disruptions to normal timetables.

“During this 3-day period, the school will remain open. However, due to the impact on staffing availabilty and student attendance, the normal program of instruction may be changed to accommodate the daily circumstances,” the school said.

Due to minimal staff being available on site due to the restrictions, Foxwell State Secondary College has also requested parents keep their children at home.

While Pacific Pines State School said the school would only remain open for vulnerable children and children of essential workers.

Aquinas College, Guardian Angels, Biggera Waters State School and Coombabah State School are also operating on skeleton staff and have requested students stay at home if they can.

If you know of any other educational facilities affected, let us know in the comment section below.