Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 5 April 2022) . . Page.. 734 ..
schools so that teachers and school staff do not have to do the run-around themselves. That work will be done by the Education Directorate. Along with a number of other changes to workloads that will lift the pressure from teachers so that they can continue to work safely in our schools.
Calwell High School—safety
MRS KIKKERT: My question is to the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs. Minister, I refer to the prohibition notice issued against an ACT school. It is reported that the prohibition notice stated that the year 7 and 8 cohorts were prohibited from being on the school premises unless they were going on a prearranged excursion. Vulnerable children, children of emergency workers and children in the learning support unit are permitted to attend. Minister, what will happen to the education and development of the year 7 and year 8 children who cannot attend because the school is unsafe?
MS BERRY: I thank Mrs Kikkert for her question and refer to my previous answer on the excellent tools that the Education Directorate has developed to ensure that young people in our schools, when they need to return to remote education, have the tools that they need. They can be accessed by students, by parents and carers and by teachers and school staff to ensure that that education continues. But it will be different. It will be different because it is not face to face. We have those tools in place, ready. We have Chromebooks available for young people who need to access their work from home. We have access to wi-fi dongles, should they be required by families.
MRS KIKKERT: Minister, what is being put in place to protect the most vulnerable children in the LSU who will be at a school that WorkSafe has declared unsafe?
MS BERRY: Those students will be supported in our schools. WorkSafe has made recommendations and the Education Directorate is complying with them.
DR PATERSON: Minister, how are the year 7 and 8 students being supported through this process?
MS BERRY: The year 7 and 8 cohorts at Calwell had previously arranged excursions, so they were able to attend those excursions and not be at school yesterday or today, complying with the WorkSafe notice. They will also be supported by the online education resources that I referred to in my previous answers, as well as by teachers within the school checking in on them.
It is really important to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts that our teachers have gone to every day, whether that is through remote education or within their schools, through this international pandemic, and that will continue.
Waste—food and garden organics
MS ORR: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, can you please update the Assembly on the progress on securing a dedicated FOGO facility in the ACT?