BACK TO SCHOOL: Eidsvold State School Staff Noel Thompson, Corey Appo, and Lachlan Mackenzie with students. Picture: Contributed
BACK TO SCHOOL: Eidsvold State School Staff Noel Thompson, Corey Appo, and Lachlan Mackenzie with students. Picture: Contributed

Burnett schools take ‘different’ approach for students

AFTER weeks of learning at home due to coronavirus restrictions, North Burnett students have been able to return to the classroom.

May 25 marked the first day all Queensland students could return to school following the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Queensland's senior, prep and year one students were allowed back on May 11, as virus cases began to ease across the state.

Term 2 is now in full swing, with teachers across the region happy to see their students once again.

Eidsvold State School principal Preston Parter said his staff were excited to welcome back their students, saying it's good to see some normality once again.

"It was a weird time, we had to adapt to the situation, and I think that all schools in our region did an amazing job," Mr Parter said.

"Not one school took to the same approach, and it seemed as though different schools catered for their different communities."

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Although it won't be business as usual, Mr Parter believes schools in the North Burnett will continue to adapt to the changing climate, and be receptive to students' needs.

"At Eidsvold, they understand that social distancing and physical contact must be explicitly taught," he said.

Eidsvold teacher Rachel Bettiens said she's delighted to have her students back, however is finding it hard to reject numerous high fives during the day.

"The students want to walk past you and high five you or try and play tag with you, although it is tricky, we have to explain the reasoning behind not being able to do this," Ms Bettiens said.

"I think that our students are starting to understand that this is only for a season."

All schools in the region are looking forward to restrictions being lifted further, with the State Government fast tracking stage two of its road map to June 1.

While they're waiting for all restrictions to be lifted, Mr Parter said the school will be planning on reconnecting and re-engaging with all of their students and community once again.


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