Parents and carers are being told to keep their children away from school, if they're able to do so, from Monday March 30th.
Premier Peter Gutwein announced the new recommendations today, saying for emergency service personel and others unable to supervise kids, those students should continue attending class.
The Education Union has backed the measures.
“Student-free days for the remainder of Term 1, with the exception of essential workers’ children and students who are not supported to learn from home, will give educators some relief as they try to prepare for Term 2 while continuing to provide for the students in their classes now," Helen Richardson, Australian Education Union Tasmania President said.
“The Premier’s appeal to parents to keep their kids at home, if they’re able, is warmly welcomed and will reduce anxiety for educators under immense pressure to plan for a new world of learning in Term 2, while dealing with COVID-19 related health and safety issues.”
“Less students in class makes the social distancing and hygiene measures more practical to implement and frees up some time to prepare Term 2 offsite learning, which has a range of complexities.”