26 September 2023

Boarding schools reboarded after COVID

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The Department of Health has given the go-ahead for boarding school students to return to school next term.

Minister for Health, Steven Miles said the move followed the latest update from the pandemic driven Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) .

“This is a fantastic outcome for regional and remote families, especially the students who have had to continue to learn at home while their classmates returned to school,” Mr Miles said.

Minister for Education, Grace Grace said it was a positive move to get more boarding school children back into the classroom sooner.

“It is essential that we balance the lifting of all restrictions with ensuring we keep everyone safe during the ongoing global pandemic,” Ms Grace said.

She said each boarding school facility would be required to undertake COVID-19 Risk Management Plans that were specific to their school and facilities.

Meanwhile, up to 10,000 spectators are to be permitted to attend sporting events from next Saturday (27 June).

Mr Miles said the increase in crowd numbers was in line with the professional codes’ COVID-19-safe plans.

“Measures protecting the health of spectators include extra cleaning and sanitisation of high traffic areas such as hand-rails; seating plans of segmented zones and dedicated facilities and exits to reduce potential for virus spread,” the Minister said.

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