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USQNews' Return to school media bulletin

University of Southern Queensland experts are available for comment on the below topics
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PROS AND CONS OF HOMESCHOOLING

The number of households choosing to homeschool their children could be on the rise with rising concerns about whether it is safe for children to return to classrooms in the middle of the Omicron outbreak. This was highlighted by results from The Parenthood’s national survey, released yesterday, which found two-thirds of Australian parents believe that returning to school in the current circumstances is not yet safe for children.
• Education researcher Michele Wright has investigated the impact of COVID-19 home learning on children and families. She can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of homeschooling, and whether schools should start adopting a hybrid learning model in which students in-class and online are taught simultaneously by one teacher. Media contact: Griffith Thomas 0423 234 822 and Sarah Green 0417 799 331

WHAT DOES A COVID CLASSROOM LOOK LIKE?

Schools and teachers will have to go to great lengths to meet the required health measures to keep students and staff safe once schools reopen in the coming weeks.
• Education expert Tania Leach can discuss the protocols, policies and practices that schools must implement, as well as what parents can do to prepare their children for the health measures, such as hand washing. Media contact: Griffith Thomas 0423 234 822 and Sarah Green 0417 799 331
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COVID Classrooms: What are the pros and cons?