Thursday, 1 October 2020
Queensland schools get reopening dates

The Queensland Government announced the dates children will return to school.

The Premier said a gradual return was only possible because of the slowing spread of COVID-19.

“It’s only because of these good results we are able to once again lead the progress on the road to recovery.”

On May 11, Kindy, Prep, Years 1, 11 and 12 can go to school followed by a May 15 reassessment of the state-wide response to easing of restrictions and finally May 25, as the proposed reopening to all students in remaining grades.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said the state was in a strong position to start easing restrictions.

“You only have to look at what we were dealing with prior to the school holidays with what we have now to appreciate why Queensland is in the strong position it is,” Dr Young said.

Social distancing measures to protect adults at schools will include:

  • Staff and students who are unwell must not attend school
  • All adults must maintain social distancing of 1.5 metres
  • Adults must not gather in groups in and around school grounds, car parks, school gates and outside classrooms
  • Parents should use stop, drop and go options rather than walking children into school grounds
  • Strict personal hygiene protocols, including the cleaning of high touch surfaces such as desks and door handles, will remain in place.