South Australian schools to close a week early amid COVID-19 pandemic

CLOSURE: South Australian schools will close their doors from April 3, and students will then be given four pupil free days from April 6-9.
CLOSURE: South Australian schools will close their doors from April 3, and students will then be given four pupil free days from April 6-9.

South Australia has made the decision to close schools across the state amid the global COVID-19 pandemic

Schools will close their doors from April 3, with students whose parents work in "essential services" the only exception.

Students will then be given four pupil free days from April 6-9, before entering into the scheduled Easter break.

"This will enable teachers and schools to prepare for that mode of delivery through term 2," Minister for Education Gardner said.

Despite the closure, vacation care will still go ahead. However, the models of supervision are still being discussed.

In the press conference held this afternoon, Minister Gardner stated the decision has come after an increase in students learning from home.

The pandemic has resulted in schools having close to a 25 per cent absence rate across the board, with some schools being more heavily affected.

Minister Gardner stated greater consistency is needed in the way schooling is delivered.

In term two, it is expected that a large number of students will be based at home.

However, there is still a need to support the children who remain at school, and ensure both groups receive the same model of education.

Bordertown High School is one of the many schools across the Tatiara set to close their doors, with the health and safety of their students and staff a high priority.

The school has seen a number of students decide to continue their education from home over the last fortnight.

More details to come.