Government School Learning Changes From Monday 30 March 2020

Government School Learning Changes From Monday 30 March 2020

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan

Changes To Government School Learning From Monday

Victor P Taffa

  • New guidelines based on the best national medical advice
  • From Monday, March 30 to Friday April 3, all students who attend school will continue to be taught
  • However, parents are encouraged to keep them home, if they can access online and other learning resources
  • Teachers and education assistants will use the final four days before Easter to prepare for Term 2
  • During this period, if students need to attend school, they will be supervised

New learning arrangements in Western Australian government schools will be introduced to help manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I understand this has been a very difficult issue for many teachers, parents and students.” Premier Mark McGowan said.

“We act on the very best national health advice when it comes to our schools.”

To assist students, teachers and parents, from Monday, March 30 to Friday April 3, all children who attend school will continue to be taught. Staff will continue to be on hand to ensure this can occur.

However, the State Government encourages families to keep their children at home, if they can access the online or other resources for their education to continue.

Children of parents who need their children to attend school to enable them to maintain employment, and those children in vulnerable families, such as children living with grandparents, are encouraged to continue attend school.

Teachers and education assistants will be able to use the time between 6-9April to complete professional development at school to prepare for Term 2.

“Firstly, I want to thank teachers and school staff for their continued professionalism during this difficult time.” Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery said.

“I also want to assure families that every school aged child at a public school will continue to receive an education in Western Australia.”

Arrangements will be in place to allow students to continue to attend school and be supervised, for children who need to attend school on the last 4 days prior to Easter.

It is expected independent and Catholic schools will introduce their own suitable arrangements.

Work will commence during the school holidays on developing a longer-term education model for Term 2 and beyond, in response to COVID-19.

State Government continues to base its decisions on the best available advice.