27 September 2023

Call to keep students home in lockdown

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Parents and carers across the ACT have been asked to keep school students at home, where possible, as the Territory’s lockdown continues.

Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Yvette Berry said home learning resources by year level were available on the Education Directorate’s website for students and families who wished to undertake self-directed learning from home.

Ms Berry said that for ACT public schools, formal teacher-led remote learning would not be offered during the initial seven-day lockdown period.

“Our teachers will be spending this time preparing to transition current face-to-face learning to remote learning,” Ms Berry said.

“All ACT public schools will remain open for children of parents and carers who cannot work from home and vulnerable children for supervision and general learning activities,” she said.

“Those students will be able to attend their usual public school.”

Ms Berry said schools would communicate specific arrangements with their student and family cohorts directly.

The Minister said out-of-school-hours care and early childhood education and care services remained open during the lockdown for children who needed to attend, such as vulnerable children, but encouraged most parents and carers to keep their children at home.

The Directorate said all four of its specialist schools would remain open, including Black Mountain School; Woden School; Malkara School; and Cranleigh School.

Further information on the Directorate’s home learning resources can be accessed at this PS News link.

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