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Keep schools open for the children’s sake

Schools have long proven to play a vital role within our community during COVID (“Reasons to Keep Schools Open,” Jan. 9). But our schools offer more than just an academic education. The socialization of children is essential and interaction, communication, cooperative learning in groups or just learning from each other is very important. Even during COVID, we need to ensure mental health and public health through interaction. As long as our teachers and other school staff are also protected, schools must remain open and functioning. Janis Crignon, Austinmer

When the Prime Minister said schools would be back in the first term, he was clearly not looking to the UK, where not one in three teachers are in the classroom because of COVID-19. So will education in NSW in 2022 be a single teacher supervising 50 children, some of whom will fall ill, in an assembly hall every day? Wendy Atkins, Hill Cooks

It is wrong to say that schools should remain open from the perspective of the needs of children and parents only. It’s a smack of the “living with the virus” argument nowadays, which has proven simple. The other side of the equation is what to do when a teacher is absent and lessons cannot be played. Unstable workplaces, lack of informal staff, teaching outside scholastic fields and supervision – the workplace becomes unsafe under the new conditions of Omicron transition. Vanessa Tennent, Otley

A temporary solution to the problem of back to school and COVID-19 is to split the week into two parts. Half of the students can return three days a week and the other half two days a week. Of course, he will alternate week after week. ‘Home’ days can be occupied with homework that was assigned a day or two earlier, and therefore present in the student’s mind. Tim Herborn, Blackheath

Teachers prepare for online learning. Plus, our hospital system is under stress, people are staying home in self-imposed lockdowns, supermarket shelves are empty, hospice care is struggling, hospitality can’t find staff (if they’re still open), RATs are even scarcer than language testing English Victory and office workers are preparing for another year of working from home. Prime Minister, three weeks after your decision to open up, things are not going quite so well. Malcolm Frick, Armidale

coal policy

Informed coal-mining voters will understand that the fossil fuel mining industry will decline over the next decade due to weak internal and export markets and no real prospects for lifelong employment for their children (“Parties Announce Ceasefire in Climate Wars,” Jan. 9). Obviously, both major political parties would agree that mining has a short to mid-term future, however, a party that is honest and realistic about the future and campaigns vigorously around early retirement packages, retraining and alternative employment opportunities in new industries, especially For young people, they will gain dominance. When coal mines in the United Kingdom closed, the lives of many families were devastated. A proactive government should not let this happen here. Jeff Harding, Chatswood

shredding failed

If, as a corporate director, I ignore professional medical advice about the organization’s operations, which means employees and clients are exposed to increased health risks and deaths, I am guilty of criminal negligence (“Another record day as doctors criticize the ‘rip-off’ plan,” Jan. 9). leading? Keith Sloan, Ballina

When will Dominic Perrottet take responsibility and apologize for single-handedly destroying NSW with a “let it rip” approach to the pandemic? Before or after hospitalized coronavirus patients exceed 5,000, or 500 of them are in intensive care and more than 100 need ventilation? Talk about getting the work experience of the prime minister in charge of the state. George Zivkovic, NorthMed


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