Caroline Chisholm Primary School students

Schools will develop a plan to manage drop off and pick up times.

20 May 2020

Thanks to the great work by the community to restrict the transmission of COVID-19, ACT public school students and teachers began returning to face-to-face learning on Monday. If your children are returning to school, no doubt you have plenty of questions. To help with this transition, ACT Education have provided some of their top tips for a smooth return.

Remember, the return will be carefully managed and staged over three weeks:

  • 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 require 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.

Approach this the way you would the start of a new school year.
Except with an added focus on discussing with your children the importance of good personal hygiene. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s transition back to school, please contact your principal to discuss how they can support you and your child.

Teachers will be there to help your children through this transition.
Teachers will be working with our children on their return to schools to support them with next steps in learning. During the remote learning period, we asked families to focus on the wellbeing of their children. Parents were not expected to be teachers in the home and we didn’t expect parents to replicate the structured timetable we would deliver in a school environment.

Children are not expected to understand or practice physical distancing.
Physical distancing measures will be implemented for adults in ACT public schools. This will include limiting assemblies, events, excursions and physical education programs that would bring large groups of staff and parents together for long periods of time. Each school will also develop a plan to manage drop off and pick up times.

Keep your children home if they are unwell.
This means if your child has any kind of illness, even if it is just a runny nose, they must not come to school. If a child in an ACT public school is unwell, their parents will be asked to collect them. Schools will be stricter in implementing these rules than you perhaps are used to, but it is for the health and safety of everyone in our school communities.

Encourage your children to wash their hands before and after school.
Schools have stocked up on soap, hand sanitiser and paper towels and all students and staff will be regularly reminded to wash their hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. Hand sanitiser will be available at prominent positions in every school and there will also be a focus on other hygiene measures including encouraging everyone to cough into elbows or a tissue, placing used tissues in bins, avoiding touching eyes, noses or mouths, no sharing food or drink, not using water fountains or bubblers directly, as well as hygiene measures in the preparation of food products.

For more information about the return to face-to face learning for Act public schools, please visit the ACT Education website.

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