School students to learn from home

Queensland school students will learn at home for at least the five weeks of Term 2, the premier has announced.

Only children of essential workers will be able to attend school as the state works to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Queensland school students will be learning at home for the first five weeks of Term 2, which begins on Monday 20 April.

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

Children will learn from home until at least Friday 22 May.Education Minister Grace Grace said schools and teachers will continue to set the curriculum, teaching and learning programs.

Kindergarten children will also learn from home, unless they are vulnerable or their parents are essential workers.“Before and after school care, long day care or family day care will continue to operate,” Ms Grace said.

Ms Grace said the government was working with schools and vendors to supply devices and internet connectivity for schools and students as needed.

“Schools are being encouraged to loan devices like laptops or tablets to students who may not have access to them at home,” she said.

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

The Department of Education learning@home website provides parents with a range of resources to support student learning. Visit www.qld.gov.au/learningathome