School’s back for all but with changes

School is back for all Queensland students.

Kindergarten, Prep, Years 1, 11 and 12 students returned to the classroom on 11 May.

Children in all other year levels went back to school on Monday (25 May).

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has assured parents that the health and wellbeing of students remains paramount.

“With fewer active cases of COVID-19 and low transmission rates in Queensland, it’s now time for all students to return to school, in-line with the advice from our Chief Health Officer and the progressive easing of restrictions,” she said.

“As we move forward the health and wellbeing of students, staff and school communities will continue to be our top priority and our decision making will be guided by the expert health advice.”

Education Minister Grace Grace said schools had implemented strict hygiene practices and increased cleaning of classrooms and equipment.

There are also a range of resources to support the wellbeing and mental health of staff and students.

School arrangements to minimise interaction of students and adults within the school and at school entry points may include:

– Restricting visitor and parent access to school grounds

– Staggered start, break and lunch times

– Supervision at school gates, including during drop off and pick up times

– Supervised movements between the school gate and classrooms

The staged return to schooling has been a success with encouraging attendance rates.

The attendance rate for Prep has been around 84 per cent, while attendance rates have been between 80 and 82 per cent for Years 1, 11 and 12.

Students unable to return to school due to medical reasons will continue to be supported, with their supervision and continuity of learning the responsibility of their parent or carer.

The state government’s learning@home website will continue to be updated throughout Term 2, with new resources for Prep – Year 10.