What you need to know
In South Australia, the advice from our Chief Public Health Officer is that schools, preschools and early childhood services should remain open. This includes out of school hours care (OSHC).
Parents can choose to keep their children at home.
Child care services, vacation care and long day care are still available and will remain available throughout school holidays, unless there is different advice from health authorities.
Schools and preschool
For now, schools and preschools in South Australia will stay open including out of schools hours care (OSHC).
If your child’s school is open and your child is well, it is safe to send your child to school. You can also choose to keep your child at home.
Individual schools will only be temporarily closed if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19.
The Education Department implemented four pupil-free days from 6 to 9 April 2020, ahead of school holidays. School holiday dates in South Australia have not changed.
Universities, higher education and vocational education
Higher education facilities remain open.
Specific requirements are in place for people who have returned from a country or region that is at high or moderate risk for COVID-19. University, higher education and vocational education administrators are advised to review what measures they have in place for remote learning to accommodate people in those circumstances. For more information see the higher education information sheet.
SA Health has recently advised that it is safe for students and staff to attend university, TAFE and other VET institutions, and encouraged them to feel comfortable returning to attend in-person when possible.
However, if you have a chronic medical condition or a compromised immune system, you should consult your GP in first instance. If you are feeling unwell, you should stay home.
International Student Support Package
On 21 April 2020, the South Australian Government announced a new $13.8 million support package for South Australia’s international education sector. The funding, which is part of the Community and Jobs Support Fund, is designed to support international students residing in South Australia impacted by the coronavirus restrictions.
The International Student Support Package will include:
- $10 million fund for university students significantly impacted by COVID-19 restrictions at the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia to distribute to their pathway and international students;
- a $500 emergency cash grant to other international students significantly impacted by the restrictions, currently enrolled in a course, living in South Australia and who meet the criteria; and
- a one-off $200 assistance payment per student living with South Australian families provided to homestay families.
Learning from home
Parents, children and students can access online learning resources to support learning at home. Our Learning SA provides curriculum based educational resources for preschool children up to year 12.
Advice for parents and carers
Information for parents and carers is available on the Department of Education website.