NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian indicated she is keen for students to get back inside school classrooms in Term 2.
Government and education stakeholders were now in discussions over an “increase in the level of face-to-face teaching” in Term 2, the premier said.
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But after that initial transition period, Ms Berejiklian said she would “like to see a change” for the remainder of the term.
Term 2 is scheduled to begin in 12 days.
There was widespread confusion across NSW at the end of term one with Ms Berejiklian insisting schools were safe and open but at the same time urging parents to keep kids at home.
The health advice that schools were safe remained the same, Ms Berejiklian urged at today’s morning briefing today.
However, she acknowledged some teachers were at greater risk because of students and parents at school gates, dropping off and picking up children.
The premier said NSW education was working on “interesting and innovative” strategies for Term 2 teaching.
It also comes as Scott Morrison pleaded with Australia’s teachers to keep classrooms open during the coronavirus pandemic.
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The prime minister said it was especially important for the children of essential workers who cannot be effectively homeschooled.
NSW has reported 16 new cases overnight, increasing total infections to 2886, but testing for COVID-19 has dropped significantly.
Around 1300 tests were carried out yesterday, down from a peak last week of 4500 tests one day last week. Twenty-nine patients are seriously ill in ICU, 18 of those are ventilated.
Twelve areas in the state have been identified as community transmission hot spots.
The premier urged anyone living in those areas – Penrith, the inner west, Liverpool, Randwick, Waverley, Woollahra, Blacktown, Cumberland, Westmead, Ryde, Manning and Lake Macquarie – to get tested if they have symptoms.
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