18/06/2020 | John Gardner MP

Restrictions on a number of important school activities will be lifted from 29 June, paving the way for Term 3 to return to normal for many South Australian students.

The following activities can resume providing government health advice is strictly followed:

  • School assemblies
  • Class photos
  • All intrastate camps and excursions
  • All school sport competitions, sports days and carnivals, including inter-school competitions
  • Inter-school choirs, bands and other performing arts activities
  • School formals, socials and discos
  • Playgroups and occasional care; and
  • Larger face-to-face professional learning activities.

Parents, volunteers, departmental support and other service providers will also be able to enter school and preschool grounds again, providing health advice is followed.

There will also be no cap on the number of people in one room, however the one person per 4-square metre requirement will need to be followed by adults.

With all South Australian borders set to open on 20 July, the Education Department will consult with SA Health regarding interstate school camps and provide further advice to schools.

Education Minister John Gardner said that students, staff and families across the state will welcome the return of these activities.

“It is great news for South Australian families that we are able to lift the restrictions on these school activities, and it is because of the great work of our public health officials that this has been able to happen,” said Minister Gardner.

“Staff, students and families alike will welcome the return of many of these activities from Term 3, which will provide a sense of school returning to normal.

“The lifting of these restrictions will also provide a critical lifeline for many businesses who have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, such as those who are welcoming the return of intrastate school camps and excursions.

“I want to thank all our education staff who have done an exceptional job through this unprecedented time, providing true community leadership in supporting children and young people across South Australia.”