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South Australian Teachers Vote In Favour Of Strike Due To Ongoing COVID Concerns

South Australian teachers have voted in favour of a strike due to the ongoing concerns over the state government's plans to deal with COVID in classrooms.

More than two-thirds of the state's teachers have voted to strike when face-to-face classes resume on February 2. 

Years one, seven, eight, twelve, and reception are due back to school Wednesday, with other grades going back two weeks later.

Australian Education Union SA branch president Andrew Gohl told the ABC “The main sticking points at the moment is the significant disparity that exists between the eastern states and South Australia with regard to the regime around rapid antigen testing.’’

“Other issues include leave provisions, particularly for those who are vulnerable, and working from home arrangements for those vulnerable workers as well, and particularly those workers that may be going home to family members that may be immunocompromised.”

The government's current plan sees students return from January 31 for the children of essential workers.

Schools will not have access to widespread rapid antigen testing for students or teachers unless a teacher is considered a close contact of a Covid case.