What you need to know
In South Australia, the advice from our Chief Public Health Officer is that schools, preschools and early childhood services are safe for children and staff and should remain open. This includes out of school hours care (OSHC).
Child care services, vacation care and long day care continue to operate.
Schools and preschool
While we have been supporting parent choice during this pandemic, all public school students are expected to attend their school or preschool.
Students are required to attend school unless they:
- are feeling unwell
- have a chronic medical condition or compromised immune system and are not able to attend school on advice from their medical practitioner
- live in a household with others that are deemed vulnerable to COVID-19 and are not able to attend school on advice of their medical practitioner
- have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have been required to self-isolate by SA Health.
Schools will continue to provide support, as they would usually do, for students not able to attend school on advice from their medical practitioner.
Please speak to your child’s teacher if you have any questions.
Individual schools will only be temporarily closed if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Universities, higher education and vocational education
Higher education facilities remain open.
Specific requirements are in place for people who have returned from a country or region that is at high or moderate risk for COVID-19. University, higher education and vocational education administrators are advised to review what measures they have in place for remote learning to accommodate people in those circumstances.
SA Health has recently advised that it is safe for students and staff to attend university, TAFE and other VET institutions, and encouraged them to feel comfortable returning to attend in-person when possible.
However, if you have a chronic medical condition or a compromised immune system, you should consult your GP in first instance. If you are feeling unwell, you should stay home.
International Student Support Package
On 21 April 2020, the South Australian Government announced a new $13.8 million support package for South Australia’s international education sector. The funding, which is part of the Community and Jobs Support Fund, is designed to support international students residing in South Australia impacted by the coronavirus restrictions.
The International Student Support Package will include:
- $10 million fund for university students significantly impacted by COVID-19 restrictions at the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia to distribute to their pathway and international students
- a $500 emergency cash grant to other international students significantly impacted by the restrictions, currently enrolled in a course, living in South Australia and who meet the criteria
- a one-off $200 assistance payment per student living with South Australian families provided to homestay families.
Advice for parents and carers
Information for parents and carers is available on the Department of Education website.