Dear Families,
You may be aware that the Premier and the Minister for Education both made statements this morning about the future of schools in the short term while we face the COVID-19 pandemic.
Their message is:
• Where possible keep your children home from Monday 30 March. If students attend school next week, they will be taught.
• School will close for students on Friday 3 April in the afternoon for students.
• During Week 10, from 6 – 9 March staff will be at school preparing teaching and learning programs for Term 2.
• Students who attend school in Week 10 will be supervised.

The Government recognises there will still be families who need to send their children to school during this period. These may include:
o Children of parents and carers who need their children to attend school to maintain employment.
o Children who live in families with aged relatives.
o Children where it is safer for them to be at school.
These are, and have been, trying times for our whole community.
As soon as I have further details about how we will move forward beyond these changes, I will communicate with you. The Director General of Education will update all principals tomorrow.
Thank you for your patience and support as we all respond to ongoing changes. Announcements are made by the Government and we are responding to them, often not having all the answers ourselves.
Our staff are continuing to work hard and do their best to support your children and their learning, even with great uncertainty.
I encourage you, if you haven’t already, to review SEQTA with your child and if you need assistance with this, to contact the College. I will be communicating more information with you about how we will move into an online and distance education model as this is forwarded to the College.
Stay well and safe.

Kind regards,

Eleanor Hughes
Principal

Joseph Banks Secondary College

Joseph Banks Secondary College