26 September 2023

Parents advised to expect home learning again

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Parents and carers are being advised that students may need to return to online learning this term due to challenges with staff availability.

Issuing the advice, the Education Directorate said face-to-face learning in the classroom would remain the core way students learnt this term however, there would be times where students would do some of their learning a little differently.

“When we are unable to support students in the classroom as a result of staff availability, there may be the need to learn online for a short time, either from home or in a supervised setting at school,” the Directorate said.

“ACT Public Schools already have the programs, skills, and technology to do this well and our schools have been planning to enable learning to be delivered in a number of different ways,” it said.

“We know families need some level of predictability, so as much as possible, schools will provide advance notice if learning from home is required.”

The Directorate said additional support for students who required assistance to learn from home would be available.

It said students who weren’t able to stay at home for any reason would still be able to attend school and would be supervised while undertaking the same online learning activities as their peers.

The Directorate said rapid antigen tests would continue to be available from schools and would be provided to staff and students on an as-needed basis.

“Parents only need to report a positive COVID-19 case to their school if their child attended school during their infectious period,” it said.

“If your student is a household contact, they may still attend school,” the Directorate said.

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