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Reset for Term 3 - COVID-19 Update 13 August

Featured COVID-19 Updates

  • NSW Health: New guidance for activities at NSW schools

    The NSW government has responded to calls from the IEU calling for new and strengthened guidance around acceptable activities in NSW schools. NSW Health have today release this new guidance for permittable activities in NSW schools.

    17 Aug 2020
  • COVID-19 Update - You don't need to ask, just wear a mask

    The latest video update from the IEU on the COVID-19 situation in non-government schools. The NSW government has responded to the union's calls, and are developing a ‘Reset for Term 3 that will constitute new strengthened guidance for schools.

    13 Aug 2020
  • News release: Clusters in schools: Union calls for decisive guidance

    The IEU shares the concerns of our members and the broader community around the expanding COVID-19 clusters in schools. It is imperative that non-government school employers adhere to COVID-safe plans and practices. Extra-curricular activities should be curtailed.

    11 Aug 2020
  • News release: Non-government schools must be COVID-safe

    IEU echoes the NSW Premier’s warning to non-government school employers that they need to be adhering to COVID-safe plans, following recent outbreaks of cases in schools around Sydney and Newcastle.

    10 Aug 2020
  • Newcastle schools and COVID-19 closures

    The IEU understands two Newcastle schools, St Pius X, Adamstown, and St Francis Xavier, Hamilton, are now closed for deep cleaning following confirmed COVID-19 cases among students. Between both schools, the union has in excess of 220 members.

    7 Aug 2020
  • Masks in schools

    The current NSW Health advice regarding face masks does not require their use however, it is recommended in certain circumstances. NSW state school principals have been instructed to allow teachers to wear masks in the classroom if they wish, and it is the IEU’s expectation that our members be supported to do so as well.

    7 Aug 2020
  • COVID-19 and the return for Term 3

    Last week Catholic Schools NSW released updated COVID-19 advice for schools for the commencement of Term 3. This information is to be shared with all school staff. The IEU advises our members to read through the factsheets provided to ensure that they are familiar with these guidelines and the way in which these changes will affect you, both individually and as a school community.

    23 Jul 2020
  • Give us a break - don't cut our pay

    News of the NSW Government’s imposition of a “pay freeze” has been met with dismay by IEU members.

    29 May 2020
  • Confirmed coronavirus cases in Sydney schools

    The media yesterday reported two Sydney school closures, Waverley and Moriah Colleges, due to confirmed coronavirus cases amongst the student cohort. Instances like these will only increase as students increasingly make their way back into classrooms, and regular school operations resume.

    27 May 2020
  • Changes secured to NSW Government’s COVID-19 legislative changes passed on 13 May 2020

    Unions NSW, working with the NSW Opposition and Cross Benchers, achieved the following changes to the Government’s COVID-19 Legislative Amendment (Emergency Measures) Bill (No 2) 2020:

    15 May 2020
  • Updated COVID-19 guidance for early childhood members

    The IEU has provided an updated guidance for early childhood teacher members, navigating COVID-19 in

    13 May 2020
  • Taking the temperature – IEU workplace checkup survey

    More than 2300 members have already filled out the IEU survey on COVID-19 work health and safety compliance in their workplace. Please take the opportunity to fill out the survey and help the union get a comprehensive understanding of the situation in your school or centre.

    6 May 2020
  • Return to school - information for members

    With the increasing return of students back to school, the IEU believes that work health and safety requirements must be in place for students and staff at all schools. Please fill out our survey about work health and safety measures in place in school, so the IEU can get a picture of whether our members are safe, and act to rectify any issues.

    6 May 2020
  • Early childhood: JobKeeper and keeping healthy

    Early childhood services have been declared an essential service, like schools, and therefore need to ensure they stay open during this time unless they have been closed by the Department of Health. This article is from the latest edition of Newsmonth, available online and making its way to members now.

    4 May 2020
  • Why the coronavirus is a crisis for women

    Women comprise more than 76% of IEU membership and more than 70% of workers in the health and care sectors globally. This is an article from the latest edition of Newsmonth, making its way to members now, and available for immediate reading online.

    4 May 2020