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Home > News > 2020 > March > Time to call time on Term 1

Time to call time on Term 1

Call_time_on_term_1_-_social_graphic.pngOur union is calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner to call time on Term 1 for schools and early childhood education centres nation-wide. 

The health and safety of everyone in the school community is paramount in the face of COVID-19.  

Our union is significantly concerned that schools cannot currently meet either their legislative Work, Health and Safety obligations or their duty of care to both their employees and students while the school term continues.

You can sign and share our petition now.  

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Vulnerable workers should not be in schools

Vulnerable employees should not be in schools, according to the latest health advice of Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young. 

They need to be permitted to work from home or granted ex-gratia leave. 

Vulnerable employees include those: 

  • with underlying health conditions 
  • aged 60+
  • First nations peoples aged 50+
  • who are pregnant 
  • who provide care for elderly relatives within their own household

Transitioning to emergency school arrangements

Our union is also calling for employers to make an orderly and clear transition to emergency schooling arrangements. 

Schools need to urgently organise the appropriate resources and protocols to enable remote teaching and online learning.  

Arrangements should include support for continued school attendance of the children of workers required in their workplaces including children of emergency services and health care workers. 

An end of term with student free days would allow teachers and school support staff time to develop the remote learning modules and programs which will be needed to facilitate ongoing student learning given the new reality facing our communities. 

It’s time to call time on Term 1 now. 

Members concerned about their health and safety should contact our union on FREECALL 1800 177 937 (QLD), FREECALL 1800 351 996 (NT) or email industrial@qieu.asn.au

For the latest COVID-19 updates from our union click here. 


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