Queensland schools will be pupil-free next week, but vulnerable children and the kids of vital workers will still be able to attend.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk issued the student-free directive on Thursday, saying it applies to all schools.
She says it’s vital that parents in essential jobs, such as healthcare workers and people who stock supermarket shelves, can continue to send their kids to class.
Vulnerable children will also be able to attend school.
The premier said giving teachers student-free time from Monday would help them gear up for mass online and remote learning.
“We are making it very clear that student free days mean that teachers are going to be at school. The schools are going to be open,” Ms Palaszczuk told reporters on Thursday.
“We have a lot of frontline workers out there … that actually need to have their students at school.”
She warned parents that next week was not a holiday for kids who are kept at home.
“They should be learning from home next week. They should not be out and about at shopping centres.”
The premier said heath advice that has kept schools open so far has not changed, but the pupil-free directive provides the right balance given community concerns.
Education Minister Grace Grace said community kindergartens would also go pupil-free from Monday, but long daycare centres would remain open.
She said teachers would get the time they need to develop remote learning and online learning resources “for what potentially may lie ahead”, and that all scenarios are being planned for.