The NSW Teachers Federation wants the state government to dump its plan to stagger school attendance for students in term two.

President Angelo Gavrielatos has described the government’s plan to have 25 per cent of a school’s student body rotating through a school on any one day as incomprehensible.

“It beggars belief,” Mr Gavrielatos told Nine’s Today show on Wednesday.

“It fails to appreciate, let alone comprehend, the massive organisational and timetabling challenges that presents for schools.”

School students across NSW are supposed to attend class for face-to-face learning one day a week from May 11, building up to a full-time return to the classroom in term three.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said public, Catholic and independent schools were all on board with the plan and the NSW department of education had already reached out to school principals with ideas.


Principals could bring students back on to campus by school house colour or with an alphabetical list so siblings attend school on the same day.

But Mr Gavrielatos disagreed, saying the plan was “contributing significantly to the stress levels of our teachers and principals”.

Schools are currently open amid the coronavirus pandemic but students are encouraged to learn from home if they can.

With AAP

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