Tasmania Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff
Education In Government Schools
Victor P Taffa
Four student free days in the lead up to Easter will enable essential professional learning and planning time for school teachers and support staff in Government schools to focus on home learning delivery, Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff said.
Expert health advice is clear that school sites remain safe for staff and students to attend, however it is important that we are well prepared to support children to learn at home, should sites need to close in the future.
From today parents and carers may choose that their children are supported to learn at home, due to COVID 19. The Department of Education website is being updated to include easily accessible materials to support students to do this.
From the 6th-9th of April school staff will have the time they need to develop their skills and capabilities to effectively support this learning over the longer term. This includes becoming familiar with the learning at home materials and delivery methods, and preparing take home materials for students.
The education, health and wellbeing of Tasmania’s children and young people is vital. We know the important role that schools play in supporting the intellectual, social and emotional wellbeing of our young people and our communities.
It is important that we continue to offer learning on school sites for as long as the health advice is that they are safe to stay open. While attendance figures are declining, Tasmanian Government schools will continue to be open next week for students who are unable to learn at home.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank teachers, staff and leaders for their commitment to providing ongoing learning opportunities for all students in these unprecedented and extreme times. Schools are the heart of our communities and greatly valued.” Minister Rockliff said.
Safety of students and school staff remains a top priority.
Schedule for Government Schools
Date Education Provision
Learning will be delivered predominantly on school sites, parents may choose to keep their child at home should they wish and, so far as is practicable, learning at home opportunities will be provided. Parents and carers who cannot support their child’s learning at home, may continue to send their children to their school.
School holidays commence for students.
School based staff plan and prepare for learning at home in Term 2, predominantly on school sites but some at home using online platforms.
At this stage it is planned that school sites will open at the commencement of Term 2.