Today the government has announced its return-to-schools plan. It has announced a number of measures, a number of risk mitigation strategies. We will clearly be monitoring the implementation of those measures and importantly the effectiveness of those measures with a view to seeking urgent adjustments and improvements should they be required in order to offer the greatest amount of protection available to our students, our staff and their families.
This is not the start to the school year anyone wished for, and as I said, there will be regrettably disruption associated with the commencement of the school year, noting the experiences from other jurisdictions overseas where absences have been high due to infection rates, in many cases rendering schools non-operational.
These are difficult times, and we will be doing everything we can, as we have since the beginning of Covid and the pandemic nearly two years ago, to ensure the health and safety of students, staff and their families.