Ask The Expert: Going back to school

He said top medical advisors had declared classrooms posed no risk of spreading coronavirus, and that the risk for teachers was “not in the classroom – their risk is in the staff­ room”.

Medical evidence also showed students were not required to keep 1.5m from each other when studying in class, Mr Morrison said.

“The four square metre rule and the 1.5m distancing between students during classroom activities, is not ­appropriate and not ­required,” he said. “I can’t be more clear than that.”

Some state schools are already back for term two, while others are due back this week. Each state has adopted a different approach to schooling, Some have opted for total online learning, while others are combining this with face-to-face classroom teaching.

Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan said parents and teachers would be reassured that the community risk from children returning to the classroom was low.

“The risk remains from adult-to-adult transmission, so schools should limit contact between teachers and parents, allow older and vulnerable teachers to work from home and follow the advice from the AHPPC (Australian Health Protection Principal Committee) when it comes to schools,” he said.

Mr Tehan will be online at noon today (AEST) to answer your questions in an hour-long Q&A. You can ask your questions in advance in the comments below or during the session.

Due to the number of questions, Mr Tehan may not be able to answer everyone.


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