Students at NSW public schools will return to classrooms full time from next Monday after weeks of remote learning.
- Students will go back to class full time from May 25
- The NSW Government announced a gradual return to school from May 11
- Under the plan students attended class one day a week
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian will confirm the May 25 start date on Tuesday.
Most students have been attending school one day a week since last week.
Last month the NSW Government announced students across the state would make a staggered return from May 11.
At the time Ms Berejiklian said she hoped students would be back in classrooms full time by term three, which does not start until July 21.
Ms Berejiklian said health advice continued to be that schools remain open, and parents, teachers and students could be confident schools were safe.
“We are grateful to all families who kept their children home from school at the end of Term 1 and to teachers who worked tirelessly to deliver education online,” Ms Berejiklian said at the time.
She said the period of learning from home had “allowed us critical time to prepare our schools to develop better online learning options and for considering additional hygiene measures to allow schools to return”.
Under the gradual return schools were told they could stagger students’ days as they saw fit.
NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said the aim was for one-quarter of pupils from each grade to attend campus each day.
Throughout the pandemic schools have remained open for children who needed to attend and the Government insisted no child would be turned away.
The move prompted criticism from some teachers who argued they should not be expected to return to work.
Sydney University Associate Professor Jen Scott Curwood who gathered accounts from teachers about their professional experiences during the pandemic, said one deputy principal said he felt like one of the “the leaders in Gallipoli”.
“I have to be brave and motivate staff to ‘go over the top’ with disregard to their safety without letting them know how scared we are,” he said.
“They want me to fix it and protect them, but I can’t.”