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There were only half of the kids today in my child’s kindy class. Despite many parents voluntarily self-isolating themselves and their kids, the Prime Minister is adamant that there will be no school closures as yet.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a number of more stringent restrictions due to the Coronavirus threat. These include elevating the Australian travel advice to Level 4 for the very first time in the country’s history. This basically restricts Australians from travelling to any overseas destination.

In addition, the PM has also banned all gatherings of greater than 100 people in indoor venues. The limit for outdoor gatherings remains at no more than 500 people.

The Advice About School Closures Hasn’t Changed

However, on the subject of school closures, the government is not giving in, despite many parents choosing to pull their kids out of classes.

The PM maintains that keeping kids in school was for the best interests of children, their families and the country as a whole.

“The health advice here, supported by all the Premiers, all the chief Ministers and my government is that schools should remain open,” the Prime Minister said.

Prime Minister Morrison used Singapore as an example, saying that schools are still open in Singapore and that despite this, the country has been “effective in managing and limiting the transmission of this virus”.

It’s Different For Younger Kids

“The virus operates very differently among younger people. It has a different manifestation among younger people and that presents a very different health challenge to the broader population.

“Many of us here are parents and obviously we are concerned about the health of our kids and the health advice that I’m happy for follow for my kids is the same health advice I’m asking all other parents around the country to follow.

“There’s only one reason your kid shouldn’t be going to school and that is if they are unwell,” the PM added.

Big Impact

Mr Morrison explained that school closures would have a significant effect on the economy and could adversely impact our health system.

He said that these measures could go on for at least six months.

“So that means the disruption that would occur from the school closures around this country, make no mistake, would be severe. Tens of thousands of jobs could be lost if not more.

“The impact on the availability of health workers, a 30 per cent impact of the availability of health workers is our advice. That will put people’s lives at risk.

Keep Calm And Send Your Kids To School

“So let’s keep our heads as parents when it comes to this. Let’s do the right thing by the country and by each other and follow the proper advice. There is a national public interest here in keeping schools open and our advice is that is not being done at the detriment of the health of any child.

“We need to ensure that when we put these sustainable measures in place that we are doing things that improve the situation not worsen the situation and lessen our capacity to deal with this.”

Are you pulling your kids out of school? Do you think the government should reconsider their stance on school closures? Tell us in the comments below.

  • I feel like we were flattening the curve so well, I feel like these new changes will drastically effect that

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  • So glad to be heading back towards normality

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  • I have as per the premiers advice but I want them back ASAP

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  • Australia seems to be doing a good job of flattening the curve

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  • I was, but we have now been home schooling 10 days

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  • Most people I know are keeping their kids at home. But then I see some are letting their kids out and about in shopping centres or having play dates. My daughter in law works in a kindergarten. She said only 3-4 kids were turning up each day. She said it was disappointing that a couple of those parents were still dropping there child off because “I couldn’t cope with them home all day with me !” :/

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  • It’s such a hard choice in vic we finished up on the Tuesday. On Monday they had 8 kids in class. How are we to send them back at this stage with so many restrictions like can’t take the kids to the park but ok to take your kids to school. We stopped the park 2 weeks ago.

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  • I am so undecided on what to do. There is barely any kids left in my daughters kindy class so I’m not sure if I should join them and pull her out or keep her in as she is less likely to pick anything up when there’s so few kids.

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  • I elected to stop school last Friday. We made the decision to extend our school holidays and self isolate at our beach house. It was a tough decision but we decided being somewhere quieter and less chaotic would be better for our family.

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  • They could just as well get the virus from someone if they are staying home. If they are thinking it will take 6 months then that’s 6 months to try and keep your kids at home and away from people. Do we completely shit down everything for a few weeks or so some restrictions for months? No one knows!

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  • If the kids stay home from school there’s a good chance that they will be outside and interact with someone who may have the virus but not know it yet. It’s difficult to know what to do at this time. I hope everyone stays well during this scary period.

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  • It’s a strange time. Praying for wisdom for the government to make the right decisions.

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  • My kids are going to school still. I will reevaluate each day as to whether it still seems safe.

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  • I really think it is up to the individual. I can understand parents feeling anxious. Morrison is only doing what he can as no one has ever had to deal with this before. If it is the wrong call we will all know about it.

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  • I haven’t removed my child from school or any after school activites. However every day more and more kids are absent and at sport we had 11 out of 25 kids show up.
    I think the government can only take it day by day as more information I and statistics are available and advise us accordingly

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