NEWSPORT DAILY – “Schools out” until February 7 to avoid the Omicron peak
Ms Grace said schools would still open on January 24 for vulnerable children and children of essential workers.
“Managers will implement staffing arrangements to ensure that only the minimum number of employees are on site, but we will ensure that vulnerable children and children of essential workers can always attend,” said she declared.
“This is the first time most of us in Queensland have experienced widespread community transmission of COVID-19, and it is a challenge for everyone.
“I have worked closely with my department and key stakeholders on a number of plans and scenarios for months, but the emergence of the Omicron variant has seen the number of cases increase much faster than expected.
“A wide range of resources and activities will be available to students through our [email protected] site.
“However, school staff – like the entire workforce – are likely to be significantly affected by the number of COVID cases, so guided distance learning will not be offered at this point.
“Parents and guardians can decide what their children will do during these two weeks.
“Staff capable of working will perform a series of tasks, just as they would on other student days off.
“The ministry will continue to work closely with key stakeholders and ensure that our school communities, parents and caregivers are kept informed. “
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said it was vital to take the time to get the vaccine.
“January and February are going to be tough months for Queensland, with a significant impact expected on all of our workforce, including teachers,” she said.
“But the more people are vaccinated, the lower the impact on our health service.
“I cannot stress enough that getting the vaccine is the best way to protect yourself against COVID-19.
“Whether it’s your first or second jab, or your booster, don’t delay.”
The new quarterly start date of February 7 will apply to all primary and secondary schools in Queensland, including Catholic and independent, as well as public and sessional schools.
The long-term daycare will remain open subject to manpower capacity.