By Rose Astley
Queensland schools are to become ‘student-free’ as of next week Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced.
Children who’s parents work in ‘essential’ services will still be allowed to attend.
The Premier said that due to Queensland’s growing cases of COVID-19 that the decision to make schools student-free will allow teachers to prepare essential learning materials for online teaching.
“It’s not just our health workers, it’s not just our emergency services workers, it’s not just our police workers, it actually involves anyone who’s in our workforce including people who stack shelves at Woolies and work in a whole [range of] different industries that their students will still be allowed to go to school,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
Ms Palaszczuk said she listened to the community and teaching staff which shifted Queensland’s stance of attendance of all school aged children.
“Let me give this very clear message to parents who will have their children at home: They should be learning from home next week,” she said.
The Department of Education currently has two weeks of learning materials available on their website.