Current back-to-school plans under review by the NSW and VIC state governments include twice weekly health testing, surveillance and stand-in parents as supervisors to replace teaching staff
Welcome to the new norm of schooling in Australia.
The New South Wales and Victorian State governments are working together to to push for a twice weekly Rapid Antigen Tests for school children allegedly in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19.
Thanks to the recent government legislation combined with the implementation of RAT testing, the state governments are predicting schools will require skeletal staff, with at least 20 per cent of teachers expected to fall ill with the virus.
A back-to-school plan is to be presented to cabinet by NSW and Victoria later this week yet have refused further information to the media around this plan.
According to sources, both states are exploring surveillance and health testing options, yet a plan is yet to be finalised.
The health testing options would include a twice-weekly testing system requiring over 24 million RAT tests with a further 4 million needed for staff for one term.
If the program runs for four weeks in NSW a whopping 9.6 million tests would be needed.
According to reports, unnamed epidemiologists have suggested a combination of surveillance and tests.
NSW Teachers Federation president Angelo Gavrielatos OAM (pictured) has hand-balled the back-to-school rollout to the state
The NSW Teachers Federation president Angelo Gavrielatos has agreed to the measures, hand-balling the decision of rollout over to the NSW government to employ both strategies.
“Rapid antigen testing clearly has an important role to play as a line of defence, and we would support its use as surveillance but also complemented by test to stay provisions,” he said.
The governments stated as staffing would be an issue due to ill health, they suggested parents volunteer their time to oversee classes with teachers presenting over Zoom.