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School arrangements for Term 3 and 4, including end of year events

4 September 2020

A ‘roadmap’ for ACT public schools has been released based on the ACT Government’s COVID-19 recovery plan.

On the advice of the Chief Health Officer, ACT schools will remain at the current stage of the Easing of Restrictions Roadmap for Public Schools until health advice changes.

Students across all years will continue with on-campus learning and schools will continue to support remote learning for students who are vulnerable to COVID-19.

Advice for schools as COVID-19 restrictions ease from the ACT Chief Health Officer pdf icon (102kb)

For more information on the ACT public schools COVID-19 roadmap, please refer to the below FAQs.

FAQs for school communities

FAQs for school communities

End of year events

The Chief Health Officer has issued guidance which sets out the considerations for all schools in planning end of year events, including for formals and graduation ceremonies.

Public Health Directions have been modified to allow end of year events to take place on school grounds (if schools wish) as well as at non-school venues, if the number of attendees is less than 100.

All events should be less than two hours where possible, especially when involving the wider school community such as parents and carers, or when located indoors. Student-only events may go for longer.

If parents and carers are invited, density and gathering restrictions for adults on site will apply (this excludes staff and students). If parents and carers are not invited, there will be no gathering restrictions and the school’s usual policies apply.

Events should only include students from the same school. If schools have an ongoing relationship with another school, where the students interact on an ongoing basis, consideration could be given to hosting a joint event. Dancing is only permitted where all students at the event are from the same school.

Events such as graduations and assemblies must be seated and seats should be set up in a way that provides physical distancing of 1.5 metres between adults or household groups.

Schools are encouraged to collect RSVPs and issue tickets for events in order to manage attendee numbers.

Online Resource Library

The Home Learning: Resources for Students and Families online portal is a resource  to support parents and children learning from home. This online learning resource library is suitable for students of all ages with a wide variety of engaging lessons, activities, podcasts, video links and family guides.

The portal is divided into three components - resources, family guides and get involved. We encourage you to check regularly for new materials for your child or young person to engage with.

Well-being resources for student and families

See the ‘Support for Students and Families’ page for information on the range of supports and resources available for you and your family.

Advice for specialist schools

Our priority is the health and safety of all students and staff. We have prepared safe learning environments, in line with expert health advice, including arrangements for specialist schools. The following factsheets have been provided to specialist schools about the arrangements to be put in place to safely support your child at this time.