STUDENTS returning to Sorell School for the start of the year will notice progress towards its $26 million redevelopment.
Over the holidays, builder Fairbrother has established onsite and stage one works are underway.
Lyons Liberal MP John Tucker said work had begun on four new buildings, with the slab for the new Years 9-12 building now in place.
“The old Years 3-6 building has been demolished and the base for the new 3-6 building, administration centre and food studies areas is now underway,’’ Mr Tucker said.
“In addition, the turning circle on the primary campus was completed in late 2021 and the staff carpark in Walker Street will be completed in February this year.
“A new pedestrian crossing will be in place in Walker Street for the 2022 school year to provide safer movements for students, staff, parents and carers.’’
Stage one civil works, which include underground utilities such as power, water and sewer lines are approximately 65 per cent completed.
Works on Stage one of the project are expected to be completed by the end of 2022 and the second stage of works will take place through 2023.
“Once complete, I am confident the redevelopment will deliver a new, state-of-the-art K-12 school for one of Tasmania’s largest school communities and serve the region well into the future,’’ Mr Tucker said.
Within the Sorell Municipality, Sorell School is the only school that caters for high school-aged students.
“The redeveloped school will retain the existing Pioneer Heritage Village and the school farm, which were identified as key features of the school by the local community.’’
Students return on February 9.
Government Covid plans for teachers and schools across Tasmania include: ACCESS to 1.6 million masks and 1.5 million Rapid Antigen Tests, with supply to be replaced as required; EACH school will be provided RATs and masks for teachers to use, and masks must be worn when teaching indoors.
This will also apply to Early Learning and Child Care Centre staff; WINDOWS are being adjusted for improved ventilation, and 4500 air purifiers will be supplied to classrooms and learning areas where required before the start of the school year; ADDITIONAL school cleaning will be undertaken, in line with public health advice; OUTDOOR learning spaces to be used where practial, and breaks to be staggered where required to reduce the density of children in play areas; and IF teachers or any staff are required to quarantine, they will continue to be paid under Covid leave arrangements.
The Government Covid plan for students and parents include: PARENTS will receive a Back to School Covid Care Package, with detailed information and two Rapid Antigen Tests per child, for use if your child becomes symptomatic; SCHOOLS will also be provided with a further two tests for every student per week to take home to test if required; VIRTUAL learning will be available for students required to isolate; MASKS are only to be worn indoors for students in secondary school, with all schools to have a supply of masks if the student does not have their own; and MASKS are not required for primary students or for children in early learning or child care settings.
However, primary students can choose to wear a mask and schools will have a supply.