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Local schools face uncertainty

after roadmap announcement

The Berejiklian Government’s roadmap announcement yesterday that the Central Coast will remain under stay-at-home orders is concerning for parents, students and teachers.

10 September 2021

 

SCHOOL children have been partaking in at-home learning for 11 weeks, and there remains some uncertainty as to when the Coast will return to normal.

 

Under the NSW Government’s return to school plan, schools across the Coast will begin a staggered return to face-to-face learning from October, HSC exams will be delayed until 9 November and vaccinations for school staff will be mandatory from 8 November.

 

The staggered return will begin on Monday 25 October and the following year groups will return on these dates:

 

  • From 25 October - Kindergarten and Year 1

 

  • From 1 November - Year 2, 6 and 11

 

  • From 8 November - Year 3, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10


It will be mandatory for all school staff to be vaccinated from November 8, despite huge problems accessing vaccines on the Central Coast.

 

Liesl Tesch, Member for Gosford, says the uncertainty of today's Roadmap to 70% vaccination rate is a cause of concern for students and parents across the Central Coast.

 

If Central Coast Covid case numbers do not decrease, the Coast could join the Greater Sydney plan to return to learning, even though we are now classified as part of Regional NSW.

 

Member for Gosford Liesl Tesch said: “I am hearing first-hand from students, parents and teachers right across our community about the rigmarole they are being forced to undertake just to keep up with the constantly evolving Public Health Orders and the disruptions   to an already challenging school year.

“The Central Coast community is going through a very stressful period right now. The Berejiklian Government needs to provide certainty so that all of us can have the peace of mind to know how we can give our children the best opportunity at a quality education.

 

“Making sure there are clear rules will make a huge difference when every single Year 12 student sits their HSC exams from 9 November.”

 

All students and staff want to know they are safe. Many teachers, parents and students are also concerned about the rollout of vaccines on the Central Coast. Yet the Coast still continues to miss out on its fair share of vaccine.

 

 

“The rollout of Pfizer on the Central Coast has been diabolical from the start. I know it’s very hard at the moment with Pfizer currently not available on the Coast and our “local” hub being designated in Belmont," said Liesl Tesch.

 

“Adding insult-to-injury, teachers this week have been forced to travel to-and-from Sydney just to get their priority vaccine at Qudos Bank Arena. We need priority vaccines here on the Coast.”

 

With the Pfizer vaccine also being approved for 12-15 year olds, more needs to be done by the Berejiklian Government to make it accessible here, on the Central Coast.

 

“Coasties want to be vaccinated, we just cannot get our hands on the vaccines we need,” Liesl Tesch said.

 

“If you know me then you know I am all about accessibility and that includes accessibility for all Coasties to vaccines.

 

“I will continue to push for more Pfizer and a Central Coast Vaccination Hub so we can have our fair share of vaccinations and enjoy the freedoms we so desperately need.”

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