Another school brings back mask mandates in Australia


Another school sends kids home and brings back mask mandates as Covid madness strikes South Australia once again

  • Two primary schools in Adelaide bring back mask mandates amid Covid wave
  • Staff and adult visitors must wear masks, students ‘strongly encouraged’ 
  • Several primary classes were home schooled as SA recorded 9,000 new cases
  • Authorities confident current Covid wave will pass over the summer holidays 

Masks have been reintroduced at two Adelaide primary schools as a fourth Covid-19 wave runs rampant across Australia.

Health authorities have ordered staff and adult visitors at Noarlunga Downs and Salisbury Park primary schools to wear masks after students and staff were struck down with the virus.

Noarlunga Downs has ordered a class of years 5/6 students to be home schooled following a recent outbreak.

Several Salisbury Park classes also learned from home last week and has enforced a mask mandate until at least Wednesday after the school recorded 10 cases.

The number of infected students and staff absent from school statewide have doubled since the end of term three, according to SA Health.

Two Adelaide primary schools have reintroduced the wearing of masks for staff and adult visitors (pictured students wearing masks during the pandemic)

More than 700 infected students statewide were absent last Friday in addition to 346 staff.

Primary aged students don’t have to wear masks under the state’s pandemic laws but are ‘strongly encouraged’.

The SA education department advises students and staff who test positive to stay home for a minimum five days, despite the recent scrapping of mandatory isolation rules.

The department also states schools can reintroduce mask mandates for teachers and high school students if a classroom records more than 10 cases in one week or when five or more cases in five separate classrooms emerge over a seven-day period. 

Premier Peter Malinauskas and education minister Blair Boyer have resisted calls to impose restrictions on all schools statewide for the the rest of term with just a few weeks remaining.

While students at impacted school don't have to wear masks, they're 'strongly recommended'

While students at impacted school don’t have to wear masks, they’re ‘strongly recommended’ 

Noarlunga Downs PS is one of two Adelaide school who have reintroduced mask mandates

Noarlunga Downs PS is one of two Adelaide school who have reintroduced mask mandates

‘The system is under pressure but not like what we were seeing in term one and term three,’ Mr Boyer told ABC Radio. 

‘We are better positioned than we were … it does put a lot of pressure on the system of course when we lose staff like that, it does affect students and their learning.

‘(The summer holidays) will be enough for us to reset. Hopefully then we pass this wave and we can start the 2023 school year afresh.’

South Australia recorded 9,000 new cases in its latest weekly update last Friday. 

‘We are very hopeful that we will be on the other side of that wave well before Christmas, so we can all enjoy a healthy Christmas,’ the state’s chief public health officer Nicola Spurrier said.

All drive-through Covid testing sites across the state will close by January 8. 

South Australia Premier Peter Malinauskas (left) is expected to resist calls to reintroduce the  wearing of masks at schools statewide

South Australia Premier Peter Malinauskas (left) is expected to resist calls to reintroduce the  wearing of masks at schools statewide 

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