Wednesday, 8 July 2020
Qld kids set to learn from home for first half of term 2

Most Queensland school students are set to learn from home for the first five weeks of Term 2.

Schools will only open for the children of essential workers Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“What this means is that from the start of Term 2, all students who can learn from home are to stay at home,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“This decision provides mums and dads with the clarity they need ahead of the new school term.“It also gives certainty for our hard-working teachers who will be continuing to deliver lessons in a way they might never have imagined.”

Ms Palaszczuk said the home-based learning model would start on Monday, April 20, and be in place until at least Friday, May 22.

“School staff, unless they are vulnerable due to medical conditions, will continue to teach from the classroom to ensure continuity of learning for students.

“And children of essential workers and vulnerable children can continue to attend school.

“These children will be supervised and participate in the learning activities that have been set by their regular classroom teachers.”

Education Minister Grace Grace said although most students would be absent, staff would still be on site.

“Our community kindergartens will also implement a home-based learning model, except for children of essential workers and our vulnerable children who will be able to attend their community kindy.

“Before and after school care, long day care or family day care will continue to operate.”

“Make no mistake, we are well-prepared and the on-line curriculum resources we have developed over many years have been shared across the country.

She said schools were encouraged to loan devices like laptops or tablets to students who may not have access to them at home.

“And we have worked with Telstra to secure more than 5000 sim cards to ensure those students without internet connectivity can access online resources.”