Dear parents and carers

The State Government has made some changes to how your child will learn while all 
Western Australians work toward minimising the spread of COVID-19 in our
 community.

On 26 March 2020, the Premier announced all public schools in Western Australia will 
stay open until Thursday, 9 April 2020, the end of Term 1. However, we strongly encourage you to keep your children at home if you have access
 to online resources and are able to do so. Teaching for Term 1 will conclude on
 3 April 2020. The Department of Education's new Learning at Home website, located
 at www.education.wa.edu.au/learning-at-home, provides resources, activities and
 information to help children and young people continue to learn while at home.

Parents and carers who need their children to attend school to enable them to maintain
 employment, and those children in vulnerable families, such as children living with
 grandparents, can continue to attend school.

From 6 to 9 April 2020, arrangements will be in place to allow students to continue to 
attend school and be supervised. No student will be turned away from school if they 
attend during this time.

These changes in the week of 6 April will provide the opportunity for teachers and
 other school staff to prepare for a different way of teaching and learning in Term 2.


I want to assure you that every school-aged child at a public school will continue to
 receive an education in Western Australia; however, it will look different. Work is well
 underway on developing a longer-term education model for Term 2 and beyond, in 
response to COVID-19.

Thank you for your understanding and support for school staff as we navigate our way 
together through this time.

Yours sincerely

SUE ELLERY MLC


MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING

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