WA Premier Mark McGowan said parents were encouraged to keep children home if they can. (ABC News: Hugh Sando)
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The WA Premier has asked parents to keep children home from school if they can access online learning resources, with the last day of the current term brought forward to April 3.
- Classes will be offered from March 30 to April 3
- But from April 6–9 schools will provide supervision only
- Parents who need to send their children to school still can
The measure is to allow teachers to work on preparing remote teaching resources for term two.
“From now until next Friday, all children who attend public schools will continue to be taught,” Mr McGowan said.
“Staff will continue to be on hand to ensure that this can occur.
“However, the State Government encourages families to keep their children at home if they can access the online or other resources for the education of their children to continue.
“Children of people who need their children to attend school, to enable them to maintain employment and those children in vulnerable families, like children living with grandparents, are encouraged to attend school.”
Mr McGowan moved to reassure parents, saying the education system would continue to support families.
“I want to reassure parents that our schools are well prepared to continue to provide education for their children,” Mr McGowan said.
WA Education Minister Sue Ellery said next week, from Monday March 30 to Friday April 3, lessons will be offered at schools.
She said the following week, in the four days beginning April 6, schools would provide supervision only, not teaching.
This would be for those students who could not be at home because their parents required them to be there to maintain their jobs, or for children in vulnerable circumstances.
Queensland and South Australia have both announced they will go “student free” in coming weeks, although the schools will remain open for the children of parents working in essential services.