As you may be aware, the NSW Government is preparing for all children to return to school with an increase in face-to-face teaching in term two, beginning on 29 April 2020.
We encourage you to send your children to school from 29 April 2020. All children will return to school in a staged way from 11 May 2020 (week three of the school term).
From 29 April 2020, schools will open for the children of essential workers and children who can especially benefit from attending school.
As you know, children in out-of-home care sometimes have additional needs and vulnerabilities and school can provide important routine, structure and extra support.
We acknowledge that there is a great deal of concern about people's personal safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the risk to children is lower and the benefits of school are great.
For this reason, we would encourage you to consider sending your child to school in term two. Please contact the school or your caseworker if you would like to discuss this or if you have any concerns about any aspect of your child's learning.
The health and wellbeing of children and young people, our carers, and teachers, are our top priority.
So, of course, if your child is unwell or if you have concerns about your health or the health of another member of your household, please seek medical advice before your child attends school.
Thank you for caring for children and young people. Your support is critical to enabling children and young people in care to achieve their educational goals.
NSW Department of Communities and Justice
Mark Scott AO
NSW Department of Education