The SA branch of the Australian Education Union has urged parents to choose medical advice over that of the Prime Minister’s when it comes to whether or not they send their kids to school.

While both the Federal Government and the State Government have stayed the course on their advice to continue sending kids to schools, Prime Minister Scott Morrison conceded on Sunday night that parents would not be penalised if they chose to keep their children at home.

The union’s state branch president Lara Golding told InDaily that under current arrangements in schools “it’s mathematically impossible to have social distancing in a classroom.”

“If parents have any concerns they should keep their children at home.”

Premier Steven Marshall told Erin and Soda earlier this week that schools in SA will be staying open but that he recognises that “there are some parents who can look after their kids very well at home.”

“We’re working as quickly as we can to get online resources, we often have students who have to be absent from school for long periods of time, so we have protocols in place to support that. What we’re trying now is to massively scale that up as quickly as possible.”

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