Several schools across Melbourne have scheduled student-free curriculum days, just as students return to the classroom after a lengthy shutdown due to COVID-19.
One parent, Jo, said Catholic Ladies’ College in Eltham called a student-free day today, and families only received a day’s notice.
Meanwhile, there is a personal development day for teachers at Bacchus Marsh Primary tomorrow, and another one on November 1.
Steve, who has a child attending the school, says he’s “a little bit frustrated”.
At Elevation Secondary College in Craigieburn, a student-free day has been called for October 26.
Sinead says that was the first day her son was due to go back.
Neil Mitchell says the personal development days are “just institutional laziness”.
“I mean, seriously, put the kids first,” the 3AW Mornings host said.
“If you need a curriculum day, if you need personal development days, you’ve had 263 days of lockdown to do that.
“Put the kids first.
“Hold on to the personal development days and the rest off until next year.”
3AW Mornings has contacted the Education Department for comment.
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