Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

30 April 2020

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

Planning for students to return to school

The health and safety of all Tasmanian students remains our top priority for the Tasmanian Government as we face the challenges of COVID-19.

Public Health advice has always been and remains that our school sites are safe.

However, we have asked our students to learn from home to limit peoples movements, which is the best way we can get on top of this terrible virus.

The Department of Education is undertaking a large amount of work to determine the best way to return our students to the classroom, when the time permits.

This includes establishment of a Recovery team, which is considering a range of options for the return of students to face to face learning.

The key focus of this team includes considering how best to support the needs of priority areas such as Years 11 and 12, and the early years.

We will ensure that any transition will be very well communicated, and that there is sufficient time for students, teachers and families to prepare for the change.

The current advice remains that the best place for students to learn is at home, if they can be supervised and supported to learn at home.

I would like to thank all teachers and school staff, students and families for their understanding and support during this challenging time and their outstanding commitment to ongoing learning.

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