State schools

Air conditioning installed in all public schools in Queensland ahead of schedule

Students at Toowoomba State High School work in a newly air-conditioned classroom.

Every classroom, library and staff room in public schools in Queensland is now air-conditioned, while the Department of Education continues to assess ventilation to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Acting Prime Minister Steven Miles said about 10,000 places in 649 public schools were air-conditioned at the start of the second term.

“We know that students learn better when they are in cooler, more comfortable learning environments,” he said.

“I know there will be happy teachers, parents, students and staff across Queensland today.”

In November, the department committed to conducting ventilation audits to assess the flow of fresh air into classrooms and staff rooms. This was considered essential to limit the spread of viruses.

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The governments of Victoria and New South Wales have decided to introduce air filters in schools this year, with the first 2,000 of 51,000 high-efficiency air filters ordered by the Government of Victoria in September 2021 already installed.

Queensland Education Minister Grace Grace said the use of ventilation and properly operated and maintained air conditioning systems that bring in fresh air from outside could help minimize transmission of COVID-19. 19 in schools.

“Our investment also includes $71 million over three years to expand solar panel installations on public school rooftops to help offset the additional energy the air conditioners will use,” she said.