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Source: State of Tasmania Government

3 June 2020

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

Around 45,000 primary and Year 11 and 12 students successfully returned to school sites last week and the feedback we have had from schools has been very positive.

We are working hard to understand the impact of COVID-19 on students learning and their wellbeing, to ensure students are not disadvantaged as a result of this pandemic.

This includes ensuring that a range of resources are in place to support the wellbeing and learning needs of our students and families both now and longer term as part of the recovery process.

We have developed a Wellbeing Check-In to support teachers to touch base with students while learning at home, and as they return to school focussing on sleep, mood, exercise and school work.

Teachers will be assessing student learning and putting measures in place for those students who need additional assistance to catch up.

Over 1,800 Years 11 and 12 students have provided feedback on the impact of COVID-19 on their learning and assessment which has informed planning work being done by the Department of Education.

Adjustments have also been made to the Years 11 and 12 curriculum, assessment and exams to ensure students are not disadvantaged due to the impacts of COVID – 19.

Planning is also underway to support learners in kindergarten and Prep to ‘bounce back’ to learning at school.

I know our teachers and support staff are excited to see students back to the classroom, and I would like to again thank all school staff and parents who have worked tirelessly to support student learning and wellbeing during learning at home.