Page 2577 - Week 07 - Monday, 15 August 2022

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126 Classroom Teachers employed within ACT public schools applied for COVID-19 Leave during the week of 21/03/2022-25/03/2022. Absences range from part-day leave to leave over multiple days.

Leave is often applied for retrospectively, therefore some staff absences may not be recorded where leave has not yet been applied for by the staff member.

The data is based on COVID-19 Leave applications that have been submitted by employees and includes applications that have not yet been approved.

The figures above do not take into account other forms of leave, such as annual leave or personal leave, that employees may have taken for COVID-19-related matters. Examples may include leave taken due to a failure to comply with mandatory vaccination requirements or symptoms or illness experienced beyond the seven-day COVID-19 leave entitlement.

Education–class sizes

Ms Berry (in reply to a question by Mr Parton on Tuesday, 5 April 2022):

The Education Support Office does not hold central records on class sizes across individual schools.

Principals may vary the number of students from the class size requirements as outlined in the Class Size Policy, where circumstances justify.

Education—class sizes

Ms Berry (in reply to a question by Mr Hanson on Tuesday, 5 April 2022):

The staffing profile for public schools in the ACT is unique to each school and changes can occur rapidly on any given day. The size, context and staffing profile of each school has the potential to mitigate or exacerbate the impact of increased staff absences as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In preparing for increased staffing absences with the return to school in 2022, the Education Directorate established principles and processes to support schools in responding to COVID-19 related staff shortages.

These strategies prevented widespread system shortages, although in week 10 of Term 1 there was a total of six schools operating with partial school remote learning in place. These schools included Calwell High School, Campbell Primary School, Gordon Primary School, Macgregor Primary School, Mount Rogers Primary School and Namadgi School.

The Directorate will continue to work with schools on a daily basis monitoring staffing levels and supporting the implementation of different initiatives as required to alleviate the impact of shortages.

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