School's back in Australia's biggest state
Much excitement in Sydney school yards this morning, as children walked back in. Finally - a chance to see their friends in real life!
New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, has ordered all children back to school, in one of the biggest signs of normal life resuming. But in other states such as Victoria and Queensland, students are still being phased back in (i.e. attendance on specific days).
In NSW, some parents are apprehensive about risks - while others are relieved to be free of home-schooling duties.
Education officials say they won't be able to maintain social distancing in classrooms - 1.5m (4.9ft) has been the standard in Australia.
But there are new rules in place: no lunch swaps, no use of communal water fountains, no assemblies or excursions, and no extra-curriculars like orchestra or swim team.
Parents have also been urged to drive or walk their children to school if they can. to minimise the use of public transport. Usually around 110,000 students catch a bus or train to school in Sydney every day.