Premier announces plan to get kids back to school

Some Queensland students will return to school on 11 May, the premier has announced.

And all students in the sunshine state could be back in the classroom as early as 25 May.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk outlined her plan to get children to return to school as she again praised Queenslanders for slowing the spread of COVID-19.

“Compare what has happened in this state to what has happened in other parts of the world and Queensland can be very proud,” she said.

“It’s only because of these good results we are able to once again lead the progress on the road to recovery.”

Queensland has recorded a total of 1038 confirmed coronavirus cases. Of those, six people have died and 980 people have recovered.

The steps to full resumption of school are:
May 11: Kindy, Prep, Years 1, 11 and 12 return to school
May 15: Assess state-wide response to easing of restrictions
May 25: Proposed re-opening to remaining students in remaining grades

Ms Palaszczuk said the group of students who would return to class on 11 May were at critical points in their education.

“These are the children who are at the most important junctures of schooling – the beginning and the end of their educational journey,” she explained.

Education Minister Grace Grace said the government’s plan had been endorsed by the independent and Catholic school sector as well as principals and teachers.

“Most of all, we have listened to Queensland parents who have done such an incredible job for their children supporting them through home learning,” Ms Grace said.

“I think we all appreciate our teachers and school staff like never before.

“And their health and safety remains paramount. When students begin to return to school, our schools remain safe and hygienic environments for the teachers and staff who will be in the workplace.”

There will be social distancing measures to protect adults at schools, including:

  • Staff and students who are unwell must not attend school
  • All adults must maintain social distancing of 1.5 metres
  • Adults must not gather in groups in and around school grounds, car parks, school gates and outside classrooms
  • Parents should use stop, drop and go options rather than walking children into school grounds
  • Strict personal hygiene protocols, such as the cleaning of high touch surfaces such as desks and door handles