Free RATs, purifiers and no lockdowns - a positive plan to get kids back in the classroom

The Victorian Liberal Nationals are calling for the delivery of a common-sense plan to ensure a safe return to the classroom for all Victorian students for the first day of Term 1.

After struggling through the world’s longest COVID lockdown and eight consecutively disrupted school terms, Victorian students have fallen behind and missed too many critical days of face-to-face learning.

Therefore, the Victorian Liberal Nationals are calling for a common-sense plan to get and keep kids back in the classroom. This plan includes;

  1. A guarantee that schools will not be locked down.

  2. Free rapid antigen tests for all students and staff with vaccinations made easily available.

  3. Ensure all classrooms are equipped with air purifiers.

  4. Easy to understand test to stay protocols.

  5. A plan to manage staff shortages and ensure continuity of learning.

This plan will support students and their families to return to school safely and allow children to fully re-engage with their educational, social and mental development.

After two years of this pandemic, there is no excuse not to be prepared. The State Government must deliver this comprehensive plan to safely get our kids back into classrooms throughout 2022.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Education, David Hodgett:

“The State Government’s failure to prepare is threatening our kids return to school and seeing students fall even further behind.

“Our plan will support students and their families to make a safe and successful return to the classroom so we can recover and rebuild for the future.

“By getting kids back to face-to-face learning we will help get their educational, social and mental development back on track.”