Members Statement – COVID-19

Mr D O’BRIEN (Gippsland South)

Our kids need to get back to school in regional areas. It is great that from tomorrow our preps, year 1, 2 and 12 will be back to in-school learning, but the government has caused confusion.

Initially, all schools were told there would be no return to class in term 3, but now it is a staggered return. I know this flip-flopping has caused enormous angst for teachers, parents and students, but particularly teachers, who are having to deal with two systems.

Evidence by researchers out of NSW today shows again that while transmission is high among children, hardly any actually get sick from COVID and they are less likely to pass it on to adults than to catch it from them.

The damage being done to our children by remote learning is enormous. The COVID risk is low.

From term 4, we must get them all back into the classroom.

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