​Transition back to school-based learning

Following updated advice from health authorities and as announced by the Queensland Government, state schools will begin a transition back to school-based learning for students.

From Monday 11 May 2020, students in the following year levels will return to on-site learning at all state schools, including special schools: 

  • Prep and Year 1
  • Year 11 and Year 12
Students in the following categories will also be able to attend school under the current learning at home arrangements: 

  • Children of essential workers when they are not able to be supervised at home and no other arrangements can be made. Essential worker means any worker who must continue to attend their workplace for essential business.
  • Vulnerable children including children identified by schools or who:
     – are currently receiving services from Child Safety, including children who        are subject to a child protection order
     – are subject to a youth justice order.
  • Children in designated Indigenous communities. 
  • Children attending Kindy.
All other students in Years 2 to 10 will continue with learning at home arrangements at this time.

Where a student is learning at home, the parent or carer is responsible for the student’s safety at home or elsewhere.

If low transmission rates continue, students in Years 2–10 will return to school from Monday 25 May 2020. Confirmation of this further step will be made by Friday 15 May 2020.

What if I would like to keep my Prep or Year 1 child at home?

It is acknowledged that some parents of Prep, Year 1, Year 11 and Year 12 students may still wish to keep their children home from school due to concerns about COVID-19 and due to student health concerns. This is an acceptable decision and your child won't be marked as being absent, rather that they are learning from home.

In these cases, parents and carers remain responsible for their children. This includes ensuring their children stay at home and continue their learning by accessing material such as those provided for parents on the learning@home website.

As is currently the case, parents will be required to communicate with the school about their child's absence from school. This includes when a parent chooses to keep their child at home due to concerns about COVID-19 as well as when a child is ill.

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The Department of Education has a number of online tools and resources to support students.

Curriculum resources for English and Mathematics are available for students to complete at their own pace. Students in Prep to Year 3 may require support to read and understand instructions.

This video will support you in navigating your learning at home journey. 

You can access resources for your child here. 

TV Programs

The department has partnered with the Seven, 10 and Nine networks to deliver 3 television programs to support home-based learning for students across Queensland.

The learning@home TV, reading@home TV and coding@home TV programs have been developed in collaboration with teaching and learning specialists and offer engaging curriculum-based content for Kindergarten to Year 12.

Episodes will be uploaded to each of the program pages to provide a quality learning resource for teachers, parents and students.


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Last reviewed 08 May 2020
Last updated 08 May 2020