All public school students to return Monday

UPDATE

Phased return: Most public school students are attending school one day a week. Picture: Facebook

Phased return: Most public school students are attending school one day a week. Picture: Facebook

Update

All public school students will return to classrooms next Monday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced this morning.

Speaking at the COVID-19 press conference, Ms Berejiklian said the government had spent the past two months ensuring extra equipment and cleaning had been put in place to make schools a "COVID-safe environment".

"I am very pleased to announce that from next Monday, schools will be going back to full-time face-to-face teaching," she said.

More to come.

Earlier

There has been no word yet on how the NSW Government plans to get all public school students back inside classrooms full-time by the end of this month, as parents across Sydney have a mixed reaction to the return to school.

The majority of NSW public school students began returning to classrooms last week, with most attending for just one day of supervised online learning and not face-to-face teaching.

This was in line with an announcement by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian that public school students would begin returning to school by the third week of term two, after an almost two-month absence brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Ms Berejiklian has since said she would like all students to return to school by the end of May, as part of a phased return to classrooms.

A NSW Education spokesman said there were no other details available at this time about the return to school and the official advice remained the same, that the Premier would like all students back inside classrooms by the end of this month.

The spokesman said about 25 per cent of public school students attended school on Friday, with the number at primary and secondary schools almost the same.

This is in line with Ms Berejiklian's earlier comments that she wanted schools to have one-quarter of their students on campus during this phase of the return to school.

According to the NSW Education website, the phased approach to face-to-face learning will see students gradually return to school, starting with one day a week during phase one, then two days a week under phase two, before students return full time but with social-distancing measures as part of phase three.

Phase four will see a return to full school activities.

While most schools have the majority of students attending one day a week, schools remain open to any child who needs to attend.

Some high schools are concentrating on getting year 12 students back to school first, with Cronulla High School encouraging its senior students to attend class four to five days a week for face-to-face te.teaching.

Meanwhile, independent and Catholic schools in St George and Sutherland Shire have fast-tracked their students' return to school, with some already back full-time, while the remainder will have all students back before the end of this month.