11 May 2020
All ACT public schools moved to remote learning at the start of term 2 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thanks to the great work of the community to restrict the transmission of COVID19, ACT public school students and teachers can start attending school from Monday 18 May.
The return to face to face learning will be carefully managed and staged over three weeks to ensure our students, teachers and staff are safe and our schools are fully prepared to have the appropriate measures in place, based on advice from the ACT Chief Health Officer (381kb).
The three stage return of face to face learning is:
- From Monday 18 May (week 4 of term 2): pre-school, kindergarten, year 1, 2, 7 and years 11 and 12. College students will attend a combination of on-campus and remote learning, with colleges making arrangements to support learning on-campus for students and subject matter that requires it.
- From Monday 25 May ( week 5 of term 2): year 3, 4 and 10 students.
- From Tuesday 2 June (week 6 of term 2, following the Reconciliation Day long weekend): the remaining year levels of Year 5, 6, 8 and 9.
Registrations for Safe and Supervised Sites are now closed and they will cease operation on Friday 15 May. From Monday 18 May, all students who were registered for Safe and Supervised Sites will be able to attend their usual school, irrespective of their year level, where they will be supervised to engage in remote learning with their usual teachers and classes until their respective year level returns to face-to-face education.
Students and teachers with chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems will be allowed to remain studying/working from home.
We want to reassure families, students and staff that we understand the need to remain vigilant about limiting the spread of COVID-19. We will be taking extra steps to protect our students, families and staff for as long as this pandemic lasts.
FAQs for School Families Term 2 2020
FAQs for school communities
Online Resource Library
A Home Learning: Resources for Students and Families online portal has been developed to support parents and children learning from home. This online learning resource library is user friendly and 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 back in regularly for new materials for your child or young person to engage with.
Well-being resources for student and families
COVID 19 – Wellbeing Support Resources for students and families
We understand the potential spread of COVID-19 may increase you and/or your family's feelings of stress and anxiety. We have collated a list of useful practical support resources.
- The Australian Psychological Society tips for coping with coronavirus anxiety .
- The World Health Organisation has developed this infographic with helpful recommendations
- Emerging Minds have developed a video Talking to children about difficult events including how to manage media coverage.
- Psychological First Aid for children is an internationally accepted strategy that can be used anytime to provide basic steps in responding to children in distress
- Headspace also provides good advice about how to cope with stress related to COVID-19 for young people.
- The Student Wellbeing Toolkit provides online resources to support student wellbeing .
- Beyond Blue have great ideas on looking after your wellbeing and supporting others .
- Mind, a UK based organisation, covers different ways to look after your own mental health and that of your family and be prepared for a range of outcomes including isolation during COVID-19 .
Visit the ‘Support for Students and Families’ page for more information on the range of supports available
Other Useful links
These organisations can provide individual support or further information.