Eurobodalla Mayor, Liz Innes will be seeking the support of her councillors at next Tuesday's (Feb 11th 2020) Council meeting as she proposes an additional week long non-compulsory school holiday either at the end of term one or beginning of term two. In her recommendation she says "This week would coincide with the April school holidays and could create a three-week holiday."
"To assist working parents, I propose that schools open and commit to having a week of fun activities rather than schoolwork." "These activities could include excursions, games or sports. This would enable a choice for parents, and students would not be disadvantaged should they take the extra week off school." The Mayor proposes to write to the NSW Department of Education requesting for students attending school, a week of fun activities be programed instead of the usual school curriculum. In her report however she does not provide any details such as transport provision or teacher supervision requirements at NSW Department of Education expense. While it is implied that the proposal is for public schools the Mayor, in her proposal, has not provided any clarity around private schools and if they would be included in her proposal as well. Her proposal does advise "I would like to encourage the community to be a part of this week, such as local artists, sports clubs and retired teachers visiting the schools to assist with activities. I would also like to encourage corporations and big business outside of impacted areas to offer an extra week paid leave and encourage their staff to visit the regions affected by bushfires."