Catholic schools follow state's lead

UPDATE 1PM: Catholic schools will implement student-free days next week following the State Government's announcement earlier today.

Similar to arrangements made for state schools, children of essential workers and vulnerable children will still be able to attend Catholic schools and will be supervised throughout the week.   In a statement released this afternoon, Catholic Education said its schools would regularly review the situation during the holiday period and follow health advice on whether it is appropriate for school to resume for Term 2.   Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Dr Lee-Anne Perry said Catholic schools had been planning for the possibility of implementing learning from home options and were ready to support students in a variety of learning environments in Term 2.   "The scale of the pandemic response is new territory for all schools," Dr Perry said.   "The way Catholic schools are responding is focused on providing students and families with the support they need to keep young people engaged with their learning and maintain their wellbeing. "Schools continue to also carefully manage those staff who may be at high risk from the virus and to provide appropriate arrangements for them."

EARLIER: THE STATE Government has announced all Queensland state schools will go pupil-free after Friday, but private schools are still weighing up options.

A teacher from an Ipswich private school this morning said discussions were still going on and there was "no clear direction" to private school teachers on what would happen.

"We are still working out where we stand," he said.

"We need some further clarification."

A formal announcement from Ipswich's private schools is expected late on Thursday afternoon, but it is possible they could follow the lead of state schools.

The Queensland Teacher's Union on Thursday morning confirmed that following the close of school Friday, only teachers and principals will go onto school grounds, with teachers to start planning for remote and flexible learning to be delivered if normal school operations are suspended by the government in response to coronavirus.

Supervision will still be provided for the children of essential services workers and vulnerable children.

Schools will close as planned on Friday April 3 for the Easter break, and reopen on Monday April 20, unless health advice forces a change.



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