The closures of some schools in NSW are the result of the coronavirus pandemic.
But some teachers and staff have already been told to prepare for the worst and may even be ordered to leave their classrooms to protect them.
The NSW Department of Education (DoE) has issued notices to schools to close and has also told teachers to remain in their classrooms for three days in the coming weeks to “prevent any students from coming in contact with any material that could cause illness”.
“As a result of these closures, there are additional school hours that will be offered to eligible pupils who have been unable to attend,” the department said.
DoE says it is “unable to estimate” how many of the schools have been closed, and that it has received more than 1,000 calls about closures, most of them from teachers.”
The DoE will be in contact at this stage with affected pupils to ensure they receive appropriate support.”
DoE says it is “unable to estimate” how many of the schools have been closed, and that it has received more than 1,000 calls about closures, most of them from teachers.
It is also warning parents not to give up on their children, and is asking them to stay alert.
“It is important to note that the majority of schools will remain open, with a small number of schools which have experienced disruption due to the coronvirus, or where there has been a lack of school attendance, due to staff not being available or other issues.”
These schools are safe and remain open until further notice.
“If you are planning to travel or stay at home or on holiday this week, please consider whether it is safe for you to do so.”
Parents are urged to continue to contact the DoE if they have concerns about their children or have concerns for the safety of their children.
“Schools will continue to operate as normal and the DoEs team will continue working to support schools and staff.”
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