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Queensland classrooms could be back in full swing on May 25

Ms Richardson said there was a variety of reactions among members ahead of the review but they were willing to follow the government’s decision.

“If rates are still low, we’re expecting students will return, and should that be the announcement, we will continue to consult with government,” she said.

“We will support our members in schools like encouraging hygiene, additional cleaning, and social distancing between kids and adults in the school grounds.”

Ms Richardson said she urged parents to use “drop and go” to reduce the number of people on school grounds during the pandemic and stressed schools needed to speak up to avoid previous cleaning product shortages.

“We still need to maintain this,” she said.

“I believe it’s sorted and there should be hand sanitiser in each room and regular handwashing is encouraged.

“However, if stocks are getting low, we encourage schools to be proactive and contact their regions.

“We can’t get to the point of not being able to use equipment in schools. We need to keep our staff and students safe.”

Queensland Education Minister Grace Grace said she hoped classes would resume for all students from May 25.

“We moved quickly to a learning-at-home model when the health advice directed us to do so, it has worked incredibly well in providing students with lessons and activities in the home,” she said.

“But of course, we know that nothing can match that face-to-face learning children get in the classroom.

“Our staged return to school has gone so smoothly this week, that even Victoria is copying our model.”

Ms Richardson agreed that the first stage went without issues.

“Teachers were happy for the most part, kids were excited to be back and things were running smoothly,” she said.

“In saying that, it’s still not business as usual. We’re still working in a pandemic but it’s been a relatively positive start.”

Ms Grace said measures to ensure the health, wellbeing and safety were in place as students returned.

“Principals, teachers, teacher aides and staff have done a fantastic job throughout this pandemic and I want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this time,” she said.

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