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Day one of school: balloons and smiles. Day three: a ‘shocking’ email

Day one of school: balloons and smiles. Day three: a ‘shocking’ email

After 16 weeks, life was finally returning to normal. But shortly after the final school bell on Wednesday, parents received the email they dreaded; there had been a positive case.

  • by Jordan Baker

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‘Terribly disrupted year’: Regional kids return to school for home stretch

‘Terribly disrupted year’: Regional kids return to school for home stretch

Regional schools opened to all students on Friday morning for the first time since early August.

  • by Adam Carey
When your kid gets COVID at school: Katy Gallagher on being prepared

When your kid gets COVID at school: Katy Gallagher on being prepared

The federal senator tells what she learnt when her teenage daughter picked up the virus at drama class – and when her double-vaccinated partner fell ill.

  • by Anne Hyland
After almost three years, 432 schools learn they’ve missed out on air conditioning

After almost three years, 432 schools learn they’ve missed out on air conditioning

The NSW government took just months to approve 900 schools for air conditioning before the last election but almost three years to reject the vast majority of schools that applied in a second round held shortly afterwards.

  • by Jordan Baker
MPs from across the political divide call for better sex education

MPs from across the political divide call for better sex education

Greens MP Jenny Leong sponsored the petition with support of government MP Felicity Wilson and Labor’s Marjorie O’Neill.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
Children in preschools and childcare ‘didn’t drive’ Delta spread

Children in preschools and childcare ‘didn’t drive’ Delta spread

Analysis by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has found the Delta variant has mostly spread from adult to adult, less frequently from adult to child and is only rarely transmitted between children.

  • by Adam Carey and Madeleine Heffernan
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Parents offer to spend thousands on air purifiers, but some knocked back

Parents offer to spend thousands on air purifiers, but some knocked back

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said the NSW Department of Education will provide air purifiers if they are needed in public schools

  • by Jordan Baker and Natassia Chrysanthos
RMIT takes a punt on Peggy O’Neal as chancellor amid turbulent times

RMIT takes a punt on Peggy O’Neal as chancellor amid turbulent times

Richmond football club president Peggy O’Neal will succeed Crown chair Ziggy Switkowski as chancellor of Victoria’s third largest university.

  • by Adam Carey
‘I’m just busting to come back to school’: Sydney’s youngest students back in classrooms

‘I’m just busting to come back to school’: Sydney’s youngest students back in classrooms

At MLC School in Burwood, the heads of school were dressed in unicorn onesies to welcome kindergarten and year 1 back after more than three months of remote learning.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
‘Definitely a relief’: Preps back in school after 74-day absence

‘Definitely a relief’: Preps back in school after 74-day absence

Tens of thousands of prep students in Melbourne returned to school this morning after a 74-day absence.

  • by Adam Carey and Simone Fox Koob
After months at home, six-year-old Archie is ready to play with his friends again

After months at home, six-year-old Archie is ready to play with his friends again

Kindergarten and year 1 are the first Sydney students to return to school on Monday after four months of lockdown. Even though school won’t be back to its usual settings, many experts and parents believe it’s the right compromise.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos and Jordan Baker