Ninety-six per cent of non-government schools have signed up to the Morrison Government’s offer of funding support for additional COVID-19 hygiene measures.
Minister for Education Dan Tehan said 2,738 schools would share $9.3 million to help pay for soap, hand sanitiser or extra cleaning.
“The success of this program demonstrates that schools want to get children back in the classroom with the right safety protocols in place,” Mr Tehan said.
“The expert medical advice has been consistent that schools are safe for students and teachers with the right protocols in place and National Cabinet has recognised the importance of education being delivered by a teacher in the classroom.”
The funding is contingent on schools planning to have half of their students back in the classroom by 1 June.
“As students and teachers return to the classroom around Australia it is essential that everyone remains vigilant about the potential spread of COVID-19,” Mr Tehan said.
“Washing hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser is an important part of practicing good hygiene that helps slow the spread of the coronavirus.
“Parents and teachers can do their bit by continuing to follow the expert medical advice, practice good hygiene and social distancing and download and register the COVIDSafe app.”