23 March 2020 Kevin Elgood | News | Whole School   Community  

Message from the Principal - Kevin Elgood.

The NSW Premier today advised you to keep your children at home. We expect school attendance to decline significantly from today. The decision of an increasing number of families electing to keep their children at home has made it exceptionally difficult for teachers to run regular classes while attempting to meet the needs of learners from home.

We support parents/carers in their choice to keep their children at home and we believe an increasing number of parents will choose to do so. It is vital that our doors remain open for those parents who work in our health system, education system, emergency services and other essential workers and who need to be able to access suitable supervision of their child’s learning on school sites.

Please note, that parents who opt for their child to study from home do so under the understanding that they will work remotely until school resumes. It is advised that all parents must notify the school that their child will be studying from home. Parents take responsibility for the supervision of their children and ensuring that classwork is completed while at home.

The school is committed to supporting your son’s continuous education, as such we will move to a remote learning mode of delivery from Tuesday 24 March 2020, as per the NSW Department of Education recommendation for all schools. Information about learning from home can be found on the NSW Department of Education website via the link below:

https://education.nsw.gov.au/teaching-and-learning/curriculum/learning-from-home/advice-to-parents-and-carers

Homebush Boys High School will remain open and we will provide supervision for students who attend the school. All students, whether at home or at school, will be expected to complete the same online learning content supplied by their teachers. There will be no normal timetabled lessons for at least the remainder of the term.

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23 March 2020 Department of Education | News | Whole School  

New COVID-19 restrictions begin as schools move towards online learning.

As confirmed last night by the Prime Minister schools will remain open, based on health advice, which has not changed.

But from tomorrow, in NSW, for practical reasons, parents are encouraged to keep their children at home.

"Because nearly 30 per cent of children are already being kept out of school, for practical reasons NSW is encouraging parents to keep their children at home," Ms Berejiklian said.

"This will ensure there is only one unit of work, whether the student is at home or at school.

"No child will be turned away from school."

The NSW Government has taken significant new steps to increase restrictions across the state - triggering the next level of enforcement necessary to fight COVID-19.

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20 March 2020 Department of Education | News | Whole School  

Education Ministers met today and decided that NAPLAN will not proceed in 2020.

The NAPLAN test window was scheduled to be held from 12 to 22 May.

All Education Ministers acknowledge and thank all of our school leaders, our teachers and support staff for the essential work they do every day educating our children and young people, particularly during these challenging times.

They are all playing a vital role in managing the response to COVID-19.

Education Ministers reiterated that the National Cabinet has agreed, on the advice of the chief health and medical officers, that "pre-emptive closure of schools are not proportionate or effective as a public health intervention to prevent community transmission of COVID-19 at this time."

The decision to not proceed with NAPLAN in 2020 has been taken to assist school leaders, teachers and support staff to focus on the wellbeing of students and continuity of education, including potential online and remote learning.

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