School planning

Your school should have a plan to provide instructional learning activities for all students in the event that they are temporarily unable to attend school. Teaching remotely may present a number of challenges for teachers and students who are unfamiliar with digital learning platforms.

Teaching and learning remotely

In order to meet the needs of students and families, schools should prepare learning activities that can be provided online, digitally or in hard copy form, or in a combination of these methods.

Here are some ways that they can support student learning and provide instructional activities:

  • Use the school website or other existing schoolwide communication systems to inform students, parents and carers about their learning.
  • Teach and communicate online with students using the department's email, G Suite for education or Microsoft Office 365 applications or existing tools and platforms.
  • Supply ideas for learning activities that parents can complete with their children.
  • Teachers can use web conferencing tools such as Adobe Connect to conduct live broadcasts or lessons with students.
  • Off-line or non-digital content such as worksheets, workbooks, text books or USB drives containing digital worksheets can be mailed to students.
  • Teachers can contact parents via SMS or telephone calls.

Refer to the teaching and learning resources and delivery of learning support pages for more information.

Communicate clearly and frequently

When the school community is remote, clear and ongoing communication is essential.

Ensure everyone knows how messages will be sent and what channels they should be checking - for example, email, digital learning platforms, school website, social media, phone, web conferencing tools, Sentral.

Make sure students and parents know how they can contact teachers for learning support, when their teachers will contact them and how they can get technology support:

  • Will teachers provide specific times for students to contact them or will they simply be available during school hours?
  • When will students and teachers have breaks?
  • What are the teachers preferred communication method?
  • Will the whole school have the same preferred method of communication?

Parents or carers will be the go-between for many messages between teachers and students. Over-communicating is recommended to ensure everyone feels connected, supported, and confident.

Try to make instructions as clear and concise as you can, use plain English and check if you need translation services.

Existing platforms and technology should be used wherever possible.

Continuity of learning for students with a disability

A guide designed to assist schools in providing instructional learning activities for students with a disability and additional learning and support needs who are learning from home.

Supporting learners with a disability.

Advice for school based itinerant and support staff

For advice designed to assist school-based itinerant and support staff to continue to support schools and classroom teachers in the learning from home model see this guide.

Advice for school based itinerant and support staff.

Using technology

Access Using technology to find out more information on getting prepared to use technology, support and professional learning opportunities.


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Sample school learning continuity plan

The following document provides an example of how you might plan for your school to deliver continuity of learning in the short, medium and long term.

Sample School Learning Continuity Plan (Google Doc)

Sample School Learning Continuity Plan (DOCX)

Example School Learning Continuity Plan - Dapto Public School (DOCX 301KB)

Example School Learning Continuity Plan- Callaghan College (PDF 392KB)

Suggested roles and responsibilities for school staff

The following page lists suggested staff roles and responsibilities for at your school when moving to a partial or full remote learning model. There is a document version of this available to download. You can edit that as applicable to your specific school environment.

Staff roles and responsibilities

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