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Back to school in regional Australia amid growing cases of Covid-19 could exacerbate existing teacher shortages and fatigue, and ventilation requirements could leave classrooms more exposed to the scorching summer heat.

Tim Danaher, the The central western organizer for the New South Wales Teachers’ Federation said many high schools in the western states were already starting the school year with two or three vacancies, while in cities like Walgett the number is even higher.

He said massive staff shortages will only worsen as staff are affected by the growing number of cases.

Griffith Teachers Association president Jenna Woodland is preparing for the students to return on Friday, having been contracted with Covid-19 just a week ago.

I still have to sleep every day. My energy levels are depleted, Woodland said.

She has been concerned if the government has a plan on how to help teachers get back to work after passing Covid, if they also feel their energy levels are depleted.

If other teachers hire Covid-19, Woodland said existing staffing issues will become more apparent. How long before these classes are without teachers?

Woodland said ventilation in regional aging schools is another concern as they prepare for return.

She said the air conditioning in her classroom does not work despite being newly installed, while opening a window only allows heat.

In February we always have two or three weeks of infancy up to the mid-40s.

Thirty hot and sweaty bodies in that room at the best time is very uncomfortable, let alone let us know that this virus likes to hang around and was exposing children to air that is contaminated with the virus.

Danaher admitted that ventilation was a concern for schools in the west, where it was not possible to open the window when the temperature is above 40 degrees Celsius, which leaves teachers and students suffering.

As summer vacations draw to a close, Gilgandra's children, Samara, Amelia, Jack, Loralai, and Chloe look forward to returning to school.
As the summer holidays draw to a close, the children of Gilgandra, Samara Hawke, Chloes Eason, Amelia Eason, Jack Eason and Loralai Hawke are eagerly awaiting their return to school. Photo: Natasha May / The Guardian

A Department of Education spokesman told the Guardian Australia that the department will continue to provide important guidance and solutions for a local school environment.

In general, the windows will be left open in all practical circumstances with air cooling and heating systems used in parallel with ventilation maintenance, the spokesman said.

Woodland is also concerned that the time spent preparing for safe measures against Covid leaves teachers with less time to devote to education.

She said the two days of staff development, usually devoted to professional development and training, have been pushed to the background, being replaced by Covid’s description of safe risk management.

We thought the last two years were bad, but I think it will get much worse before it improves, Woodland said.

An anonymous teacher from Singleton said the quality of the students’ education would suffer as teachers who fell ill would let their peers cover their classrooms.

Taking someone else’s lesson shortens your time planning, timing, and lesson preparation.

She said that during a normal semester, a teacher may need to cover two or three lessons, but that last season she covered more than eight lessons and expects that she will need to cover more of this term as she does not has casual teaching staff in Singleton.

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She said the situation was exacerbated by fewer people wanting to travel outside their area because there was plenty of casual work there.

She expressed concern that last-year university students and retired principals who have volunteered to be part of the reserve workforce would only cover metropolitan areas.

They will all be in cities not for Singleton, Bourke, Cowra, the teacher said.

A Department of Education spokesman said this emergency workforce would be deployed where possible in either the metropolitan or rural and regional areas of NSW.

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In Gilgandra, Wendy Fong said her daughter Tiffany could hardly wait to get back to school and at the local pool, friends Lisa McLeod and Sandra Eason said their children were excited to be back in class.

Lauren, whose son will start his 11th year in Southwest Victoria on Feb. 1, said the return to private tutoring means a lot to her son, who suffered academically and socially from distance learning.

Living on a dairy farm, Laurens’s son had no schoolmate within the five-kilometer radius of the border and consequently struggled with social and academic isolation.

She said many others at her boys ’school would have been in a similar position as the school has a large admission area with most students coming to farm properties often over 100 miles away, rather than from the city.

After the distance learning experience saw her son lose his aspiration to study engineering at university, Lauren hoped that a return to face-to-face learning would see her regain motivation.

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