*Is my school closed due to COVID-19?*

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.

Short answer – schools are open but will be “pupil free” from 6 to 9 April.

Long answer

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:

https://www.education.sa.gov.au/supporting-students/health-e-safety-and-wellbeing/covid-19-coronavirus

What if I attend a private or independent school?

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. 

Who else you can talk to

If you’re feeling stressed or worried about what is happening you can contact:

  • the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 for free and private counselling (available 24 hours a day, but there can be a wait to get through). They are happy to talk to young people between the ages of 5-25 years about anything that’s troubling them. You can also email them or chat online at: http://kidshelpline.com.au./
  • eHeadspace provides counselling to young people ages 12-25 who are worried about their mental health or are feeling alone. You can email them or chat online at: https://www.eheadspace.org.au./

Other useful resources

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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