Schools and preschools across the state are preparing to welcome many students back into the classroom for term 2 this morning.
Advice from Professor Nicola Spurrier and her team, as well as the AHPPC, has remained consistent that schools, preschools and early childhood facilities are low risk environments and should remain open.
Physically attending school provides a better learning environment for young people, with access to specialist facilities and more opportunities to talk with teachers and fellow students. However, with many staff in vulnerable cohorts working from home this term, there will be a period of adjustment in many schools.
Teachers, educators and support staff have been true community leaders during this unprecedented time, and will continue to be pivotal in supporting our children and their families when they return to school today.
Our strong protocols remain in place for a minimum 24-hour closure in instances where a positive test for coronavirus is received by a student or staff member who has been attending a school or preschool, allowing SA Health to contact anyone at risk and to undertake a deep clean of the site.
We will continue to follow the latest public health advice and will act accordingly if that advice changes.