More than 100,000 school pupils have been sent home after a state-led lockdown was imposed to prevent a major coronavirus outbreak.
Key points:More than 100000 pupils have returned to school after a lockdown was lifted on Saturday morningThe state’s Department of Primary Industries said most of the students were in classOne parent who returned to their daughter said she felt the lockdown had left her “disappointed and distressed”.
“I’m not in a position to be going home and being completely in shock, but I do feel like I have a responsibility as a parent to ensure my children are safe,” said mother and primary school teacher Jennifer Anderson.
“If I wasn’t in the classroom, I don’t know what I would be saying.”
Ms Anderson said she had not spoken to her daughter since she returned home from a week-long lockdown.
“I just feel like they have put it into my head that they can’t leave me alone.”
They just need to be safe.
“It’s really upsetting that they are putting us through this.”
In an effort to ease the pressure on schools, the state’s primary industry, the Commonwealth Fund, announced it would donate $10 million to the state to ensure the schools reopen on Sunday.
It said most students would return to school on Monday.
“The Commonwealth Fund will help fund the Commonwealth Government’s efforts to restore schools to normalcy and reopen on time,” the foundation said in a statement.
“Schools will be reopening to students, staff and community members at 11am (local time) on Sunday, May 18.”
As a community, we can’t wait to see all of our children and staff back to work.
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