NSW students to return to school full-time on May 25

The state government made the decision today for classes to resume for every student on Monday, May 25, Nine reports.

Face-to-face teaching will return however there will be no assemblies or inter-school sport and parents will be required to stay off campus.

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A phased return of students one day a week began last Monday.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is expected to confirm the start date tomorrow, the ABC reports.

Ms Berejiklian today addressed the significant changes to public transport including new social distancing guidelines set to impact commuters including students.

“When it comes to school children, we recommend, if you can, walking the children to school or dropping them off to avoid the public transport system,” she said.

According to the state government’s plan, “school children will be given priority access” to bus, train and ferry services with distinctive green dots placed on the “safest places to sit and stand”.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is expected to confirm the full-time start date at her daily press conference on Tuesday. Picture: Dean Lewins/AAPSource:AAP

Last week, she said parents should expect schools to temporarily close if cases of COVID-19 were detected.

“We’ll put in a pop-up clinic, we’ll have a number of initiatives to really control the spread in that community,” she told reporters on May 11.

“As was evidenced last week when a child had the coronavirus at Warragamba Public School, we ensured there was a pop up clinic in the vicinity of the school, we encouraged people to get tested and now the health department is confident any community transmission in that area has been under control.”

NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell previously said she hoped “everyone” would be back at school full-time by the end of the month.

Ms Mitchell said more than 2000 litres of liquid soap, 22,000 bars of soap, over 42,000 bottles of hand sanitiser and 20,000 toilet rolls had been dispatched to schools.

“In addition, a first aid room care package containing personal protective equipment and a non-contact temperature monitor has been dispatched to every school in NSW,” she said.

“A rolling program of deliveries is scheduled to continue to meet the needs of schools on an ongoing basis.”

The 2020 HSC exam timetable for year 12 students was released on Friday.

There will be 120 written exams starting with English from October 20 and 51 oral language exams starting on August 15.

The 75,000 students sitting the exams this year will receive their results on December 18.

All Queensland students will also return to school on May 25 while a staged return to on-site schooling in Victoria and Tasmania will see all students back by June 9.

Public school students in the Australian Capital Territory started back today with all grades to return by June 2.

All Western Australian public school students were required to be in attendance by today and students in South Australia and the Northern Territory have been back for weeks.

There was one new case of COVID-19 in NSW announced on Monday and one death, bringing the national toll to 99. A man in his 60s who was linked to another confirmed case died at Concord Hospital in Sydney.


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