Remember that if you are unwell with a temperature, cough or cold and flu symptoms, it’s important that you stay at home and practice social distancing.
Schools in South Australia are still open but will be “pupil free” in the week before Easter from 6 to 9 April. This means that the school won’t be teaching in that week (that is, the “pupil free” week) and all students are encouraged to stay at home unless it’s not possible for your family to take care of you at home or it’s not safe for you to stay at home.
If your parents need to go to work, you can still go to school to be supervised up until 3 April but your classes won’t run like normal. You can also go to school if it is difficult or unsafe for you to stay at home, for example if you are in out-of-home care.
The Prime Minister has said that parents can choose to keep their children at home if they wish to. If your parents can take time off work to supervise you, this is what the government would prefer you to do.
If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at a particular school, the school will close temporarily.
For more information you can visit the SA Department of Education website here:
If you go to a private or independent school, they can make their own decisions about whether your school can stay open or not. We recommend that you contact your school directly and ask if they are open.
If you’re feeling stressed or worried about what is happening you can contact:
See the Australian Government recommendations here: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert
See the headspace factsheet on coronavirus here: https://headspace.org.au/young-people/how-to-cope-with-stress-related-to-covid-19/
See Reach Out’s tips for taking care of yourself here: https://au.reachout.com/articles/10-ways-to-take-care-of-yourself-during-coronavirus
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