As part of the easing restrictions applied under the COVID-19 response, schools will commence a phased return to regular schooling.
The Queensland Government wants to take the earliest possible action to allow students to resume on-site learning and early years students (Kindy, Prep and Year 1) and students in their senior years (Years 11 and 12) have been identified as the first cohorts to return back to school.
These year levels have been chosen for a number of reasons. Research clearly shows that the early years of schooling is when the building blocks for learning occurs. By allowing young children to return to Prep and Year 1, we can continue to provide them with the teaching and learning that enables them to grow into capable and confident young people.
We also know that the senior years of schooling are important as young adults make decisions about the pathways they will take after school. In addition, 2020 is the first year of Queensland's new Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance (SATE) reforms and it is important that our senior students continue their learning at their school during this significant year.
Children of essential workers and vulnerable children from other year levels will continue attending school sites as they have done since the commencement of Term 2.