26 September 2023

Schools switch on to home learning

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Western Australian schools are to stay open until the holiday break, but parents are being encouraged to keep students home as the Department of Education switches to online learning for Term 2.

Premier, Mark McGowan said parents who needed their children to attend school to enable them to maintain their employment and the children of vulnerable families should continue to attend school.

“Teachers and education assistants will be able to use the time from April 6 to 9 to complete professional development at school to prepare for Term 2,” Mr McGowan said.

“Arrangements will be in place for children who need to attend school on the last four days prior to Easter.”

He said work would commence during the school holidays to develop a longer term education model for Term 2 and beyond.

“I understand this has been a very difficult issue for many teachers, parents and students, but we act on the very best national health advice when it comes to our schools,” Mr McGowan said.

Minister for Education and Training, Sue Ellery said the Department was working with key stakeholders on the implementation of this new form of learning delivery.

“Resources will continually be added for every year group to give children and young people the best opportunity to learn from home,” Ms Ellery said.

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