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Safe, supervised school sites for term two in ACT

The ACT Government has announced nine public school sites that have been selected to be available for students and families for term two.

At the start of term two all public school students will be learning remotely – whether they are at home or at a school site.

In a statement, ACT Government Education Minister Yvette Berry said schools and teachers are ready to deliver remote education for the whole of term two, unless the situation changes.

“The ACT Government acknowledges that NSW have taken a different approach to term 2. They’ve made that decision based on their local circumstances and needs and the ACT Government will watch closely as they transition back to face-to-face learning,” she said.

“The ACT is very well-placed to deliver remote learning. We’re ready to deliver remotely for all of term 2, however will move to face-to-face delivery if the circumstances allow us to do that sensibly.”

She said like other jurisdictions, the ACT Government will be reassessing over the next four weeks.

“The ACT Government will be bringing together all stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition back to face-to-face. We will work with students, parents, carers, principals, unions and P&Cs to carefully and thoughtfully plan a return to face-to-face learning,” she said.

Alongside learning, wellbeing support will be available through school psychologists and allied health professionals for students at home and on school sites.

Nine schools have been selected to be available as safe and supervised sites for students and families who are unable to stay at home, following registrations from Canberra families.

The schools sites that have been selected are:

  • Caroline Chisholm School
  • Charles Weston School
  • Gordon Primary School
  • Mawson Primary School
  • Amaroo School
  • Majura Primary School
  • Kingsford Smith School
  • Maribyrnong Primary School
  • Red Hill Primary School

To date, the government is expecting around 1900 students each day attending a school site. Not every student will be full time and parents are still able to register. Additional school sites will be assessed if the need changes.

“For parents, I know this is really hard and I want you to know that you are not alone, we are all in this together. Take it easy on yourselves and your kids, we will get through this. Your child’s health and wellbeing comes first, learning will follow,” she said.