Students will return to school full-time from Monday after two months of studying from home amid the coronavirus pandemic
- NSW Public Schools will return to class full-time on May 25
- Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian confirmed the return date on Tuesday
- Due to coronavirus, students had to study remotely for two months
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NSW public schools are returning to class full-time next week, two months after the limitations of COVID-19 forced about 800,000 children to study remotely.
Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian confirmed the return date of May 25 on Tuesday.
Face-to-face learning resumed in NSW last week for 12-year-old students in 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 a week.
Meetings or excursions are likely to remain prohibited.
“We want to ensure that face-to-face time in the classroom maintains and supports the curriculum during the pandemic,” said Berejiklian.
NSW public schools will return to class full-time on Monday. Pictured: NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian greets students during a visit to the Prestons Public School in Sydney in January
“But I do say that it will be normal for schools to be temporarily closed, for a specific area to be wary, for a particular school to take additional measures if there is a community outbreak in that community with cases, and we just have to accept. ‘
NSW registered two new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 20 hours on Monday from about 5,300 tests, with five people currently in intensive care.
It comes as Secretary of Transport Andrew Constance warned of an indefinite traffic crisis in Sydney as social distance measures compel people to return to work on location by public transport.
Ms Berejiklian said that bus and train services were already full during rush hour – with only 12 passengers per bus and 32 per train allowed.
Ms Berejiklian and Mr Constance said on Monday that in the near future workers should shift their timetable to valley bus and train transport, take alternative ferry and light rail routes or drive, drop off, cycle or walk.
Mr. Constance said that on Friday, about 87 million vehicle movements were registered in the state as people continued to work from home – down from an average of 105 million.
The maximum number of permitted daily journeys by public transport within the social distance guidelines would be 600,000 a day – down from 2.2 million.
Ms Berejiklian said that public transport commuters should try to travel between 10am and 2pm to save space for essential workers and construction workers.
Social seating in public transportation would be marked with ‘green dots’ in what Mr Constance characterized as a ‘push’ to keep people 1.5 meters apart.