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NSW Students to Return to School Full Time Next Week


NSW public schools will return to the classroom full-time next week, two months after COVID-19 restrictions forced around 800,000 children to study remotely.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed the return date of May 25 on Tuesday.

Face-to-face learning resumed across NSW last week for year 12 students at state and independent schools, but only for an average of three to four days a week. Other student year groups were allowed to return at least once per week.

Assemblies or excursions are likely to remain banned.

“We want to make sure that face-to-face time in the classroom is what maintains and sustains learning through the pandemic,” Berejiklian told reporters.

“But I do say it will be common for schools to be shut down temporarily, for a specific area to be on high alert, for a particular school to take extra measures if theres a community breakout in that community with cases, and we just have to accept that.”

NSW recorded two new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm on May 18 from some 5300 tests, with five people currently in intensive care.

It comes as Transport Minister Andrew Constance warned of indefinite Sydney traffic chaos as social distancing measures force people returning to on-site employment off public transport.

Berejiklian said peak-hour bus and train services were already at capacity – with just 12 passengers per bus and 32 per train carriage permitted.

Berejiklian and Constance on Monday said workers would for the foreseeable future need to shift their schedules to off-peak bus and train transport, take alternative ferry and light rail routes or drive, drop off, cycle or walk.

Constance said some 87 million vehicle movements were recorded around theRead More – Source