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Coronavirus lockdown: Students at New South Wales schools return to full-time class NEXT WEEK

New South Wales

The New South Wales state government indicated early on that returning to full-time face-to-face learning was a priority.

Students were initially told to expect to return five days a week for the start of term three, or July 21.

In the meantime, the government had introduced a gradual and staggered approach to returning to classrooms, which brought students back one day per week. 

Following a successful transition into part time learning earlier this month, state premier Gladys Berejiklian will bring students back full-time from next Monday, May 25.


Queensland announced it would also gradually return students to classrooms in early May.

Students in prep (kindergarten), grade 1, 11 and 12 were all welcomed back to school on May 11.

All other students will return from May 25.

Schools remain open for any students who have no other option but to attend classes.


Schools moved to remote and flexible learning in Term 2. 

A staged return to face-to-face learning will begin from Monday May 25

In the first stage, students in Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2, senior secondary (Year 11 and 12 VCAL and VCE) students and all students enrolled in specialist schools will return to school from Tuesday 26 May.

To support all school staff to prepare for the transition, Monday 25 May will be a pupil-free day. 

Western Australia

Schools reopened on April 29 for any students who wanted to attend. 

But as the state worked toward a cautious relaxation of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, premier Mark McGowan said classrooms would return to full-time learning from May 29.

Northern Territory

Government schools in the Northern Territory remain open based on the latest advice from the Australian and Northern Territory Governments.

From 20 April, all Northern Territory students were expected to physically attend school.

Students who are unwell must remain at home.

Where families elect not to send their child to school, the child must be learning from home.  


In Tasmania, students in Kindergarten to Year 6, and Year 11 and 12 will return to school on a full time basis from Monday May 25.

All other students are expected to return to school from Tuesday June 9

Families whose children attend Catholic and Independent schools are urged to contact the school to confirm return dates.

South Australia

Schools, early learning centres and before and after school care facilities are all open in South Australia and students are encouraged to attend.

Remote learning is still available for students who are kept at home.

If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at a site, the individual school or preschool will temporarily close.

Australian Capital Territory

The ACT will return to full-time face-to-face learning in three stages.

The first stage began on Monday, allowing students in preschool, kindergarten, and years 1, 2, 7, 11 and 12 to return to normal learning.  

Years 3, 4 and 10 will return to classrooms on Monday May 25.

Years 5, 6, 8 and 9 will go back on Tuesday June 2.