The confusion comes after the ACT government released a statement on Sunday which said “pupil–free” days will begin in all public schools in the ACT on Tuesday (March 24), effectively closing all schools – public and private – ahead of the Easter holidays.
But the conflict arose when Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday night urged the nation that schools across Australia will remain open.
But it wasn’t the ACT government’s fault, apparently, with Chief Minister Andrew Barr blaming a changed national cabinet meeting. He told a press conference yesterday afternoon that the confusion was because the meeting, which was supposed to be on Tuesday, was brought forward to Sunday.
Since, updated information was sent yesterday afternoon to ACT Public School parents and carers from directorate director general Katy Haire.
“This morning’s communication has caused confusion, for which we apologise. I’m writing to provide you with corrected information about COVID-19 and ACT public schools,” the statement said.
“From Tuesday, March 24, all ACT public schools will go pupil-free until the school holidays, due to begin on Friday, April 10. ACT schools will remain open to students who absolutely need to attend.
“Schools will still be able to safely receive and provide learning for students whose parents and carers must attend work to provide essential services and unable to care for their children at home, as well as vulnerable children and those with additional needs. No child will be turned away.
“This also applies to ACT government preschools. At this stage, other early childhood services such as long day care, family day care, out of school hours care and vacation care can continue to operate.”