Students across New South Wales will return to school full-time in one week.
The state government made the decision today for classes to resume for every student on Monday, May 25, Nine reports.
Face-to-face teaching will return however there will be no assemblies or inter-school sport and parents will be required to stay off campus.
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A phased return of students one day a week began on May 11.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is expected to confirm the start date tomorrow, the ABC reports.
Breaking: Students at NSW public schools will return to classrooms full-time from next Monday after weeks of remote learning.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian will confirm the May 25 start date tomorrow.
Most students have been attending school one day a week since last week.
— Kirsten Aiken ? (@kirstenaiken) May 18, 2020
Ms Berejiklian today addressed the significant changes to public transport including new social distancing guidelines set to impact commuters including students.
“When it comes to school children, we recommend, if you can, walking the children to school or dropping them off to avoid the public transport system,” she said.
media_cameraNSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is expected to confirm the full-time start date at her daily press conference on Tuesday. Picture: Dean Lewins/AAP
Last week, she said parents should expect schools to temporarily close if cases of COVID-19 were detected.
“We’ll put in a pop-up clinic, we’ll have a number of initiatives to really control the spread in that community,” she told reporters on May 11.
“As was evidenced last week when a child had the coronavirus at Warragamba Public School, we ensured there was a pop up clinic in the vicinity of the school, we encouraged people to get tested and now the health department is confident any community transmission in that area has been under control.”
NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell previously said she hoped “everyone” would be back at school full-time by the end of the month.
All the best to the thousands of students and their teachers returning to the classroom this week. Today is the first step back to face to face teaching in NSW. If all goes well, we hope to have everyone back full time by the end of May.
— Sarah Mitchell (@smitchellmlc) May 10, 2020
Ms Mitchell said more than 2000 litres of liquid soap, 22,000 bars of soap, over 42,000 bottles of hand sanitiser and 20,000 toilet rolls had been dispatched to schools.
“In addition, a first aid room care package containing personal protective equipment and a non-contact temperature monitor has been dispatched to every school in NSW,” she said.
“A rolling program of deliveries is scheduled to continue to meet the needs of schools on an ongoing basis.”
The 2020 HSC exam timetable for year 12 students was released on Friday.
There will be 120 written exams starting with English from October 20 and 51 oral language exams starting on August 15.
The 75,000 students sitting the exams this year will receive their results on December 18.
Originally published as NSW students back to school full-time