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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.