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To: Prime Minister Scott Morrison, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian

COVID-19: Time and Trust - Remote Learning Now!

School employees, parents and concerned community members call on the NSW Premier to follow the lead of Queensland and Victoria and implement an immediate and orderly transition to emergency schooling arrangements.

It is time to empower and trust teachers and support staff to make professional judgements in establishing a new hybrid education arrangement.

School employees, parents and community members deserve unambiguous and timely decisions from government leaders so all can plan and prepare accordingly.

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

With immediate effect, employees with underlying health conditions, those aged 60+, First Nations peoples aged 50+, those who are pregnant and those who provide care for at-risk members of their household should be permitted to work from home or granted ex-gratia paid leave.

Arrangements should include support for continued school attendance of at-risk students and children of essential workers such as emergency services, health care workers, teachers and support staff.

An urgent decision is needed to allow parents the time and space to organise alternative childcare arrangements.

Clear directions for reduced student attendance and immediate attention to work, health and safety issues would allow teachers and support staff the time and safe workplace to institute remote learning.

Teachers and support staff are more than willing to do their bit in this crisis – but they need the time and resources to do it.

Let teachers teach.

Why is this important?

Our union’s primary concern is that schools cannot currently meet either their legislative Work, Health and Safety (WHS) obligations or their duty of care to both their employees and students while the school term continues.


Reasons for signing

  • The school should not be used as a "social experiment or Laboratory" in this fight against Corona. Teachers are in the front line amongst potential carriers of the virus.without masks, sanitiser and other protection. The Government needs to stop sitting on its hands and take decisive action. Education is not important in these unprecedented times but rather the health and well being of teachers, students and the greater community.
  • The best way to stop this virus is to stay home. I do not need to leave my home to teach, yet right now I am required to go to work. It is unnecessary and dangerous. We’re not safe. We’re interacting with children and adults. Please sign this to help protect our communities by allowing us to #stayhome
  • advocating for Teachers so Government recognises their value

Updates

2020-03-27 13:09:47 +1100

1,000 signatures reached

2020-03-27 10:39:35 +1100

500 signatures reached

2020-03-26 14:13:24 +1100

100 signatures reached

2020-03-26 13:39:07 +1100

50 signatures reached

2020-03-26 13:20:15 +1100

25 signatures reached

2020-03-26 13:10:30 +1100

10 signatures reached