Queensland schools could still remain closed to a majority of students until term three, says a recent update from the Teacher’s Union.
For the first five weeks of term two, classrooms are only taking in children of essential service workers and vulnerable children, with the rest of the student body learning at home through virtual and digital methods.
Newscorp reports that the Queensland Teachers Union has written to the principals this week saying that it will push for schools to remain closed, if it guarantees the health and safety of kids and teachers.
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It comes amid concern that getting kids back into the classroom too soon could have serious consequences, though federal ministers and health authorities still maintain that schools are safe.
“If health and safety is compromised – whether by lack of hygiene products or too many students attending – the union will seek to have the operation of schools suspended until the safety issue is resolved,” the update reads.
It would mean around 450,000 children would be forced to remain at home until July 13.