South Australian schools will close their doors to students from April 6 as the government seeks to contain the spread of the COVID-19 throughout the state.

Students will be given four pupil free days over the week in the lead-up to holidays, although schools’ doors will remain open to students whose parents work in essential services.

Education Minister John Gardner said that schools have been seeing about a quarter of their students missing from class as some parents have begun keeping their kids at home.

The decision to shut up the state’s schools comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison assured Australians that schools will be continuing to operate.

The minister assured parents that vacation care will continue.

However, SA’s decision is the latest in states acting outside of the PM’s suggestions, with NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian telling parents to keep their kids at home and other states bringing their holidays forward.

The Prime Minister expects that schools will reopen around the country after the Easter break.