Eyre Peninsula students follow COVID-restrictions

It was back to school for Eyre Peninsula students who have adapted to statewide COVID-19 restrictions following the recent week-long lockdown.

Schools were closed across the state between July 21 and 27 due to the statewide lockdown triggered by the Modbury cluster with students taking part in home-based learning during this period.

However students returned to school once lockdown was complete, but with restrictions in place including for masks to be worn by all students year 8 and up while indoors or on school buses and public transport.

Adults are required to wear masks while indoors, except when teaching or engaging with students and all adult visitors, including at early childhood education facilities.

Exemptions for mask use include for primay school students, any student who attends disability learning, early childhood education and care staff and children and all students when outside.

Tumby Bay Area School principal Nicky Prosser said she had been impressed with how students and staff had adapted to all the change that had happened over the past two weeks, from the home-based learning to returning to school with masks in tow.

She said the students had been impressive with how they had followed the rules.

"They know its one of the things we have to do to get out of this COVID mess safely," she said.

"We thought as an area school with primary students who don't have to wear (the masks) and senior students who do that there would be some push back but there hasn't been."

Cleve Area School has also seen no problems with its students, principal Ray Merino said students had been very compliant, with the school providing masks for any that did not have them.

"So far we've been very proud of our students who have complied and they understand it's protection for them, for their peers and for the community," he said.

Port Lincoln High School principal Todd George said the school was prepared for home-based learning with its learning resource management system which allowed for students to continue school work with an internet connection.

He said he was impressed with how students and staff had adapted in moving back into the classroom, and for the school operating under restrictions it was "business as usual".

"I don't think there's been an impact on the day-to-day teaching and operations in the school," he said.

"Attendance in school and the classroom is as important as it's always been."

Students at Port Lincoln High School have shared how they have found their first week while wearing the masks.

"My mum took the bendy nose band out of a surgical mask and sewed it into a cloth one so that my glasses don't fog up, it's made it easier to concentrate," year 8 student Aliki Kapnistis said.

Year 10 student Jo Brendel said he had experienced no real issues with wearing masks.

"Personally, I'm not too fussed with masks in class, because I have a cloth one," he said.

"Outside it would be a bit ridiculous, I don't really mind."

On Monday the state government announced schools could return to holding assemblies and excursions, however the masks requirement would remain in place.

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