Australia, schools at risk amid rising infections, prevention and new containment measures

Despite the biological entry of the viral agent into a semi-endemic stage, Oceania (including New Zealand and the Polynesian islands in this designation) still has a very large number of cases touching 35-40 thousand units per day, despite the severe restrictive measures imposed by health authorities. The virus spreads so much because of a spirit of sheer adaptation that – at least from a medical point of view – reduces its lethality, ensuring only its biological survival. Local schools, with direct reference to the organizational model, the logic of financing and the institutional materials that ensure teaching, are adopting increasingly different measures, which put families and students in serious difficulty, and are forced to observe many rules, practices, stores, tests and offs. The Canberra case (ACT) has caused uproar and resentment among a population very burdened with judgment, especially if it is different from one institution to another, difficult to manage for a family with more than one son or daughter, whose access to the local school is difficult. Bound by various measures aimed at reducing the risk of infection.

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public schools Act It maintained stricter COVID-19 restrictions than those required by health orders. Students who have been in contact with family members who have been tested positive for COVID-19 should not attend classes, and high school students are still required to wear masks indoors. Catholic private schools and charter schools decided against these stricter rules. The second semester of public schools has begun Act, which maintained the strictest measures during the first half of the year. This includes banning close contact – strictly with people who live with someone infected with the COVID-19 virus – from attending classes. Teachers and high school students must also continue to wear face masks when indoors and all adults who need to enter the school yard must log in via the app CBR . Check-in. Those rules, which are stricter than those required by the ACT’s recently relaxed health orders, will remain in place for at least two weeks from late April onwards. However, Catholic and independent schools, most of which will reopen on Wednesday, will not maintain the stricter measures just mentioned. ACT Education Secretary Yvette Berry acknowledged that public school policy will frustrate some families, but she also noted that it is more necessary than ever in the soothing phases of an epidemic.


Meanwhile, Catholic system schools will allow students to attend classes from Wednesday, even if they have been in contact with family, as long as they score negative on a rapid antigen test. Vice Dean of Mercy College, Renee Taylor, said masks will not be mandatory in high school, but are recommended. “We will continue to strongly encourage our students to wear masks indoors, particularly in smaller classrooms and smaller environments, so that we can reduce the risk of transmission” – Taylor noted in a note. The heads of private charter schools met on Tuesday and announced that they will also allow family contacts to come to campus by Wednesday. By the end of the week, schools will also be eliminating the mandatory use of masks. Made a few statements before the confrontation, Carol Matthews, Vice PresidentIndependent Education Consortium ACT/NSWHe said it was nearly impossible to maintain a proper social distance in schools. “We certainly believe that it should be the exception rather than the rule, in our opinion, where family members attend school, even if they are passive.”, I have announced. This issue has critical political repercussions not only in the relevant local or municipal authorities, but also at the parliamentary level, with decisive interventions by opposition parties to the current executive.

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