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Extra Week of Holidays for School Children

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As many parents are starting to pull their children out of school due to concern over COVID-19, the State Government has announced students will complete the school term a week earlier than planned.

Monday 6 April to Thursday 9 April will be pupil free days in South Australian government schools and preschools ahead of Easter and the measures are expected to apply across the Catholic and independent school sectors.

The move will assist the state’s educators to plan and prepare to transition to flexible learning, ready for Term 2.

“With the increasing number of children absent from our schools, our teachers need this time to prepare for the difficult challenge of meeting the needs of learners who are at home,” said Education Minister John Gardner.

“For those parents and carers who are able to keep their children at home, well supervised and in an environment of learning, we support this.

A key resource will be made available for educators and families in transitioning to remote learning via the Our Learning SA website.

“Our schools, preschools and early childhood services do also need to remain available to support children of families in different circumstances, including people in our communities who cannot do their necessary work from home, along with a number of vulnerable children who need the opportunity to be supported at school.

The Education Department is currently developing options for vacation care during the pupil free days and school holidays. When finalised, details will be communicated directly to parents.

For more information on delivering home learning visit education.sa.gov.au/ourlearningsa.

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