Every school can boost safety for teachers by accessing federal funding for soap, hand sanitiser and specialised cleaning.
The Diocese of Broken Bay has already employed 44 casual hygienists to work in all schools across the diocese. After undertaking training, they work four hours per day, during school hours, five days a week, carrying out extensive cleaning to eliminate the potential for a COVID-19 outbreak in schools.
On 14 May, the Federal Government offered funding to both the independent and Catholic school sectors to support COVID-19 hygiene measures. This funding was contingent upon schools planning to have at least half of their students back in the classroom by 1 June. The funding could be used for “soap, hand sanitiser or extra cleaning”.
On 28 May, Education Minister Dan Tehan said that of the 2738 non government schools throughout Australia, 96 per cent had signed up for their share of the $9.3 million on offer.