Canberra parents and students wary of new freedoms after COVID lockdown when schools closed | Canberra Times

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Three schools in the Canberra region were forced to close due to COVID-19 cases on the same day that Canberra residents could enjoy more freedom. ACT Health was in direct contact with people affected by a COVID-19 exposure at Ainslie School on Monday and Tuesday. An ACT Health spokesman said some students would be quarantined because of the risk of exposure, but those who were not contacts would be able to go to school on Monday after the campus was thoroughly cleaned. “The Directorate of Education, supported by ACT Health, will continue to communicate to the affected families,” the spokesman said. “The communications will include clear advice on testing and quarantine requirements, in addition to providing distance learning to students during their quarantine period.” Meanwhile, just across the border, Queanbeyan West and Queanbeyan South Public Schools were also closed due to confirmed COVID-19 cases. Staff and students were asked to isolate themselves until further advice and to be tested only if they showed symptoms of COVID-19. “While acknowledging that this will be disruptive and inconvenient for families, it is important that we follow the NSW Health advice and take all necessary precautions to minimize the risk of further transmission to support our community,” the letter said. parents and caregivers. Restrictions were eased in the ACT from Friday, allowing the Canberrans to be outside without wearing masks and to host up to 10 visitors to their homes, not including children under 12. Toby and Naomi Phipps decided to have a picnic with their daughter, Amelie, 8, to celebrate the final day of distance learning before returning to class at Canberra Grammar School on Monday. They arranged a picnic near Lake Burley Griffin for lunch, and Amelie was able to do her afternoon sports class in the sunshine. Phipps said it was worrying to hear about COVID exposures at Canberra schools while a vaccine for those under 12 was not available. “We are a little worried, but not enough to keep them away from school. It has been nine weeks of homeschooling and they are desperate to see their friends and desperate to see real, personal education again,” he said. READ MORE: The family came to Canberra from San Francisco in March 2020 on a visit, but decided to stay in the capital for the longer term. “We thought we would come in a few weeks until it all blows over, and it did not, so we have been here ever since. It is a good choice in the end,” said Mr. Phipps. Genevieve Ko took her daughter Misha, 2, to the Black Mountain Peninsular playground on Friday before the toddler returns to babysitting on Monday. She said it was a real challenge to work from home while taking care of a two-year-old and a preschooler, and she was looking forward to getting back to a normal routine. “I feel a little nervous about it, sending them back to the big, wide world, but at the same time it feels great,” she said. She said her family would not rush to return to busy malls or restaurants and that they would wait to travel between the state for a few more months. On Friday, ACT reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 over the course of 24 hours through Thursday at 7 p.m. Nine people were hospitalized with the virus, six of whom were on intensive care, five of whom needed ventilation. The new cases brought the active total to 234, while the number of cases in this outbreak is 1635. Meanwhile, the percentage of the eligible ACT population now fully vaccinated has reached 92.3 per cent. 1680 negative tests were received on Thursday. A pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be open in High Place Park in Queanbeyan on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone 12 years of age or older who has not been vaccinated can participate in a Pfizer vaccine and a free sausage sys. Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this outbreak of COVID-19 in ACT and lockdown is free for all to access. However, we rely on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, sign up here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support. You can also sign up for our newsletters for regular updates. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the local community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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