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Home > News > 2020 > March > Move to student free mode for Queensland schools commended

Move to student free mode for Queensland schools commended

Call_for_school_closure.pngToday’s announcement by Queensland Education Minister Grace Grace that all Queensland schools and kindergartens will go into student free mode from next Monday, 30 March has been commended by our union. 

IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said today’s announcement was critical in addressing the needs of vulnerable workers in our schools as well as in providing teachers and school support staff time to develop the remote learning modules and programs needed to facilitate ongoing student learning given the new reality facing our communities. 

Mr Burke said vulnerable school employees included those with underlying health conditions, those aged 60+, First Nations peoples aged 50+, those who are pregnant and those who provide care for elderly relatives within their own household. 

“There must also be an orderly transition to emergency schooling arrangements,” Mr Burke said. 

“The resources and protocols needed to enable remote teaching and online learning require urgent confirmation.”

Mr Burke said it was appropriate that today’s announcement included arrangements to support continued school attendance of the children of workers required in their workplaces including children of emergency services and health care workers.

Our union's view is that non-teaching staff should continue to be employed for the duration of student free days as per existing employment (including term-time staff).

Union support & further advice

Our union is developing two additional resources that will soon be available:  

  1. Working remotely – FAQs for teachers and school officers
  2. Planning for and managing learning continuity

These resources along with other support materials will be forwarded to members in coming days.

We encourage all members to contact our union for further advice and information on 1800 177 937 (QLD), 1800 351 996 (NT) or email memberalert@qieu.asn.au 

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.