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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

ACT public students to spend all of term 2 learning from home

ACT public schools will move to a new remote learning model when term 2 commences on 28 April that will see most students learning from home for the entire semester.

The move will see students learning under a different method to what families have experienced over the past few weeks.

Under the new system, families will be able to flexibly access classes run by teachers remotely while continuing to focus on the wellbeing of their children and their household needs.

Teachers will set a number of tasks for the week for students to complete at home, and they will be checking in with students regularly via the phone, email or video conferencing.

Families won’t be required to stick to a timetabled 9am to 3pm school day. However, teachers will only be available during their normal work hours.

For parents and carers who cannot keep their children at home due to work or additional needs, the ACT Government will provide supervision at a reduced number of public school sites.

The ACT Government is also working to ensure that transport options are available for public school students needing to access a school site.

The Education Directorate is asking families to register their children through an online form if they are unable to have their children at home.

This will also consider students who are usually in a Learning Support Unit or who have other additional needs.

More information about which schools will be designated school sites will be available soon, based on parent registration information.

Students at these sites will be undertaking the same remote learning program as their peers at home, under supervision from Out of School Hours Care staff supported by teaching staff, and allied health and support staff.

At the end of term 2, the approach will be reviewed to assist planning for term 3.

Year 11 and 12 students will continue to be able to work towards a senior secondary certificate and ATAR, if relevant, with modified assessment.

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