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COVID-19 Update Australia: School Holidays Extended

School Holidays Updated Apr 12, 2022

Upcoming School Holidays Extended. Here’s How To Protect Your Family From COVID-19.

Extended school holidays in Adelaide & SA? COVID-19 News Schools Update: 25 March 2022

Premier Peter Malinauskas has commented that he does not want to extend the upcoming SA school holidays by a week.

"The amount of disruptions [early Easter holidays] would cause parents [and] students, [and especially] people who don't have fixed incomes."

On Wednesday 23 March, it was reported that 491 teachers and 3.4% of public school students were absent due to having Covid or isolating, which is clearly disruptive to many students’ learning and motivation.

In response, South Australia’s teachers union proposed week 11 of term 1, from April 11 to April 14 2022, to be student-free days.

Department for Education chief executive, Mr Persse, said on Wednesday that starting the Easter school holidays a week early was currently "in the mix" and he was planning to discuss it with the new Education Minister, Mr Boyer.

Perth and WA COVID-19 news restrictions update 24 March 2022

WA Covid restrictions will ease next week from Thursday, 31 March 2022. This includes scrapping mandatory check-ins at many venues such as supermarkets and shops, but some restrictions will still remain.

Despite the daily Omicron cases still being high (8616 new cases), the Premier expressed confidence that WA “vaccination rates are the best in the world, and our [hospitals] are well prepared” for the expected “few more days of higher case numbers”.

Because we have such high vaccination levels, many people are contracting Omicron but they're really not getting very sick.

From Thursday 31 March 2022 in Perth and WA:

  • Masks continue to be worn indoors, by both adults and children in Year 3 and above
  • Masks do not need to be worn at outdoor events like the Perth stadium AFL games
  • No need to check-in in supermarkets and shops anymore
  • Check-in remains in place for cafes, restaurants, bars and hospitals
  • Mandatory proof of vaccination needed to enter cafes, restaurants, bars and hospitals
  • Private indoor gatherings are limited to 30 people (including residents)
  • Private outdoor gatherings capped at 200 people and the two-square-metre rule is still in place
  • Cinema, theatre and major stadium capacity limits will be increased to 75%
  • Hospitality venue capacity will remain at 500 until Thursday, April 14 2022

As usual, the effect of eased restrictions will be monitored and more restrictions will be lifted as soon as it’s safe for the government to do so.

Bookmark this page for further restriction updates.

Adelaide and SA COVID-19 news schools update 24 March 2022

Upcoming SA school holidays may start a week earlier because of the growing number of staff and students affected by SA COVID-19 cases.

On Wednesday 23 March, 491 teachers and 3.4% of public school students were absent due to having Covid or isolating. This is obviously quite disruptive to many students’ learning, engagement and motivation, especially for Year 12 students.

Likewise, South Australia’s teachers union proposed week 11 of term 1, from April 11 to April 14 2022, to be pupil-free days.

At this moment, the Department of Education is considering this option, and has not announced its implementation yet.

Are your kids stuck at home?

Don’t miss these fantastic online educational resources, games, books, virtual tours and more, so your little ones can keep learning!

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Fun Indoor Activities For Kids At Home

Here's a list of fun activities at home that will keep your kids busy and happy.

Fun Indoor Activities For Kids At Home

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Check out these best kids movies streaming on Netflix that the whole family can enjoy during weekends and school holidays.

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Update 03 April 2020

Strict social distancing rules and restrictions are in full effect, with police charging those who do not comply.

The chart below summarises the restrictions as announced by Scott Morrison PM on 29 March 2020:

Australia COVID-19 Prime minister update 29 March 2020 Social gathering restrictions
Source: ABC news

This video from Sky News Australia discusses the severity of these rules and the activities banned in various states.

It’s advised to stay home unless you absolutely have to go out, for example, for grocery shopping or exercise.

Update 22 March 2020

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, has released a statement concerning COVID-19 and the next steps for the state.

I will inform National Cabinet tonight that Victoria will proceed over the next 48 hours to implement a shutdown of all non-essential activity across our state to combat the spread of Coronavirus.

Non-essential activity includes restaurants, cafes, events and other public gatherings.

Supermarkets, pharmacies, petrol stations, banks and convenience stores, as well as essential delivery services are still going to operate.

I will also inform National Cabinet that school holidays will be brought forward in Victoria, starting on Tuesday 24 March.

You can read the full statement from the Premier of Victoria here.

The Premier of NSW, Gladys Berejiklian, has also released a similar statement for the next 48 hours.

...NSW will proceed to a more comprehensive shutdown of non-essential services. This will take place over the next 48 hours.
Schools will be open tomorrow [Monday 23 March 2020], though I will have more to say on this issue in the morning.

Read the full statement from the Premier of NSW here.

With a couple of schools shutting down around the country, numbers of cases growing daily, and supermarkets rallying with customers to keep their shelves stocked up, this is Australia during the worldwide COVID-19 crisis.

While the government is taking some action during this time, including putting a ban on travel and non-essential gatherings, the Department of Education is still undecided about school closures, and it is individual schools that have been taking action. For now, it is important to be patient and look after your own health, while monitoring the Department of Health’s website for any updates.

The government is considering to extend the upcoming April school holidays, according to federal Education Minister Dan Tehan and Channel 7. This extension may be between one or two weeks. However, no official government statement has been released yet regarding this matter, but it is fair to assume an extension to the usual two-week school holiday period may take place.

The NSW Department of Education is going to send coronavirus advice to schools this weekend about managing the outbreak. The secretary of the NSW Department of Education Mr Scott suggests that closing schools across New South Wales could increase the spread of coronavirus because, in his opinion, kids will end up spending time at the shopping centres, playgrounds or at the movies.

Coronavirus has taken a toll on many families, and a longer school holiday period is yet another worry. Travel bans and restrictions, as well as events getting cancelled, make it seem as though there is not going to be much to do during the fast-approaching school holidays.

But this is not the case!

There is heaps to do locally, without crowds, and even in the comfort of your own home if you don’t want to go out. Follow us on Instagram for ideas and how to spend your time during the upcoming school holidays.

There have been warnings and advice issued to the public about health and safety during this time. The most urgent advice is to avoid any overseas travel, especially to the highly affected regions of China, Italy, the Republic of Korea and Iran. A government-issued travel ban is in place for visitors arriving from these places.

This video can help you to understand Coronavirus better.

What is Coronavirus?

COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease 2019) is a respiratory illness that can spread from one person to another. COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan, China, and has now spread to many other countries.

How does COVID-19 spread?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assume that COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source. Now, it is spreading from person to person, and is more likely to spread between people who stay in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet or 1.8 metres from one another) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may also be possible to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your own mouth, nose or eyes. However, this is not confirmed to be the main way the virus spreads.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

Here is another helpful chart on symptoms of COVID-19.

COVID-19, Cold and Flu comparison. Is it coronavirus or something else?
COVID-19, Cold and Flu comparison. Source CDC, WHO.

Is COVID-10 more severe in children?

So far, adults make up most of the known COVID-19 cases to date. According to the BC Children’s Hospital, it is less severe, particularly in children under 10 years old.

How can I protect my family from COVID-19?

To keep you and your family from catching the virus:

  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with a 60% alcohol base.
  • Wash your hands after using the toilet and public transport, and before eating and cooking.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, mouth and rubbing your eyes with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow.
  • Wash fresh produce and thoroughly cook meat and fish.
  • Try to avoid close contact with anyone showing cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Reduce time spent in crowded places (or avoid crowded places altogether).
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces daily in your household common areas such as tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks, etc...
  • Launder items, including washable plush toys, as appropriate according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, wash items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry them completely. You can wash dirty laundry from an ill person with other people’s items.

Sources: CDC and Health Direct.

How to avoid infection or spreading COVID-19
How to avoid infection or spreading COVID-19. Source Health Direct.

Should I wear a mask?

Masks should be used by sick people to prevent the spread of germs to others. A mask can help keep a person's droplets in when they cough or sneeze. If you or your kids are not sick, wearing a mask is not necessary. If you wear a mask, it can give you a false sense of security and you are likely to increase the number of times you touch your face, which, in turn, increases the chance of getting an infection.

Should my child wear a mask?

It is not necessary. If your child is healthy, there is no need for them to wear a facemask. Only people who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who are providing care to those who are ill should wear masks.

What if I am showing symptoms?

Self-isolate and contact your doctor, the emergency department or the Coronavirus hotline if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

For the most recent updates regarding COVID-19 see the Department of Health’s website here.

Let’s do our best to keep each other healthy.

More COVID-19 Resources

See the links below for more information regarding the Coronavirus and Coronavirus in Australia.


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