|Dear ADHS community,
Return to school planning
I’m pleased to let you know that ACT Public Schools will return to face-to-face learning in a staged approach from 18 May. Yesterday we wrote to families with the latest advice on the plan from the Director General Education and Chief Medical Officer.
From Sunday 10 May, week 3 of term 2
Registrations for Safe and Supervised sites will close as of Sunday 10 May. The Education Directorate will continue to process all registrations that have been received up until Sunday.
We ask parents not to register their child unless you need to as we work towards rolling down Safe and Supervised sites.
From Monday 18 May, week 4 of term 2
All preschool, kindergarten, year 1, 2 and 7 students will return to their usual school for on-campus learning.
Year 11 and 12 students will attend a combination of on-campus and remote learning, with colleges making arrangements to support learning on-campus for students and subject matters that require it.
Safe and Supervised sites will cease operation from the end of the school day on Friday 15 May. All students who have registered to attend a Safe and Supervised site as of Sunday 10 May will be able to attend their usual school from Monday 18 May. These students will continue to undertake remote learning until their year group returns to on-campus learning.
From Monday 25 May, week 5 of term 2
All year 3, 4 and 10 students will return to their usual schools for on-campus learning alongside those students who have already returned.
From Tuesday 2 June, week 6 of term 2
Following the June long weekend, all students in years 5, 6, 8 and 9 will return to their usual schools, meaning all year groups will have returned to on-campus learning.
Remote learning will remain available for students with chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems.
Now we have certainty around our back to school plan I encourage students to continue with remote learning at home until their year is scheduled to return to school. We appreciate the patience and support we have received from families and school communities during this period of transition.
Online learning update
The digital learning platform in ACT schools is performing well, and we have had a high level of uptake at ADHS and across the system of online learning. Teachers, students, families and school support staff have moved quickly to establish a remote system of educational delivery, and so far, the feedback from our community indicates that learning can continue and is continuing.
Weekly parent check in
In order to support online learning, we have commenced a weekly check in process with parents using an electronic form containing a few brief questions. The system is designed to flag issues early, so we can continue to support learning and wellbeing in the current circumstances. We appreciate you taking a few minutes to respond. Parents who have requested contact can expect this within the following week. You are of course welcome to contact our staff at any point if you require information or clarification on any aspect of the learning program.
Daily Tutor Group check in
We are also using a daily Tutor Group to check in with students. This is important to ensure our young people remain connected, as well as meeting directorate requirements for recording daily attendance. It is therefore important that all students either drop in to the daily TG meet session or email their Tutor Group teacher each day to verify they are engaging.
Home Learning Resources
In addition to the ADHS supports for students and families, can I again draw your attention to the ACT Education Directorate Home Learning Resources site, which contains family guides on effective home learning, e-safety and wellbeing.
Wellbeing support and resources
The sense of community that schools offer is important to maintain for students, even as routines change due to COVID-19. It is therefore important for students to continue to connect with their teachers and maintain as many aspects of their routine as possible. We have a variety of virtual clubs available for students to engage with on Thursdays such as games clubs, dance parties, cooking clubs and more. These opportunities to connect strengthens and maintains our sense of community.
Our student wellbeing team is still available to support students during this time with organisation skills, helping with work and referrals to support services. Year coordinators are keeping students up to date through the cohort’s classroom page and hosting year group meets on Thursday mornings. A wellbeing site has been created to offer staff, students and their families online wellbeing supports during this time and beyond. If you have any questions or need advice concerning supporting your child’s wellbeing, especially if it might impact on their learning, please communicate with us through the “Contact Us” page on the wellbeing site.