Queensland students to begin staged return to class next week

The State Government has announced students will start returning to Queensland schools from next week.

Students in kindy, prep and years 11 and 12 will go back to the classroom from next Monday in the first stage of a return to face-to-face lessons

The remaining grades have been slated to return to schools on May 25.


However a final decision on that hinges on the number of new coronavirus cases across the State remaining low.

The final call will be made on May 15.

Queensland schools have only been open for the children of essential workers as well as vulnerable children from the beginning of term two.

“This has been an issue for a lot of people and I know that is been really tough on parents at home who have been juggling, working and also the balance of ensuring that their kids are following the online learning,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Monday.

“If we want to get back to some form of normality in this state we need to make sure too that we are looking after our kids, our teachers and the whole school community.

The Premier says there has been extensive discussion with stakeholders over the last few weeks and now is the right time to begin a stagger return to class.

“I said very clearly we were working on plans with the schools to ensure that the teachers are safe and abiding by that 1.5 metres distancing especially in their tea rooms and their staff rooms  where they congregate, and also really good measures for school drop-off and pick up to make sure that parents aren’t going to be congregating around those school gates.”

Ms Palaszczuk has cautioned that the return to school is subject to change should there be an increase in new cases or evidence of community transmission.

But she says today’s announcement should give parents some certainty.

“We know that there may be some hiccups along the way but this is a measured and responsible plan that we’re taking to the Queensland community.”


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