Principal checklist

Schools should review their plans to support the ongoing delivery of education for students in the event there is a period of time students and staff are unable to attend school. Please use this checklist as a guide to assessing your school plans, noting that it is important to continue monitoring relevant related information on the department's website.

  • All schools should have a plan in place that can be efficiently activated in the event of the school or number of schools impacted by a pandemic or event. Continue to review this on a regular basis and make any adjustments based on updated advice issued by the NSW Department of Education.
  • Ensure family contact lists are up to date, easily accessible and there is a clear plan to deliver and manage calls in a short timeframe if required.
  • Familiarise yourself with the current department guidelines specifically Response protocols for COVID-19 cases.
  • Access Learning from Home to assist with preparation for continuity of education if your school is impacted by an outbreak of COVID-19. The following links will assist you and your staff to access relevant materials.
  • Specifically for secondary settings
    • Statewide Staffroom for teachers – join colleagues and curriculum specialists in a collaborative and supportive workspace in MS Teams. Explore and share resources, access advice from our Learning and Teaching curriculum advisors and always be in the know with the latest curriculum information.
    • Learning Sequences for teachers – access learning experiences for all stages (7-12) and learning areas. Available in digital and non-digital formats, resources can be adapted and modified for all learning environments.
    • ABC educational programs and resources – Stages, 4 and 5 – ABC TV Educational programs and resources are available for students indefinitely. Many previously aired episodes are now available for streaming on ABC iview and for subscribers on Enhance TV. Programs are complemented by standalone resources that can be completed without access to the internet or a device.
    • HSC hub – share resources with your students that are aligned to NSW syllabuses. Discover hundreds of high-quality, on-demand video lectures, demonstrations and other engaging content for all learning areas.
  • Specifically for primary settings
    • Learning Sequences for teachers – access 7 weeks’ worth of learning experiences for all stages (K-6) and learning areas, including STEM. Available in digital and non-digital formats, resources can be adapted and modified for all learning environments.
    • Learning packages for teachers and students – complement learning programs with self-guided videos and explicit teaching activities for students learning from home. Choose from Literacy/English, Numeracy/Mathematics, Physical Activities and other learning areas. We’ve been hearing that GetActive@Home and Art Bites have been particularly engaging and fun.
    • K-6 Statewide Staffroom for teachers – join colleagues and curriculum specialists in a collaborative and supportive workspace in MS Teams. Explore and share resources, access advice from our Learning and Teaching curriculum advisors and always be in the know with the latest curriculum information.
    • ABC educational programs and resources – ABC TV Educational programs and resources are available for students indefinitely. Many previously aired episodes are now available for streaming on ABC iview and for subscribers on Enhance TV. Programs are complemented by standalone resources that can be completed without access to the internet or a device.
  • Additional resources for specialist settings can be found at Diversity and inclusion.
  • Specifically for early Childhood Setting including Department Preschools
  • Ensure that your school leadership team are able to send messages to parents and carers through your existing communications platforms, including outside of school hours.

  • Prepare communications package to parents and carers to clearly articulate organisation of learning from home if required.
  • Where possible, organise to provide devices to students who do not have access to these at home and are required to learn from home due to health concerns, quarantine or a move to learning from home.
  • Organise and/or prepare resources and plans for how learning from home will operate for each of your classes, stage/year groups subject areas. Schools should be prepared with at least a two-week plan in place to facilitate remote learning at short notice.
  • Ensure that there are clear protocols in place for students who are learning from home including check-ins with school staff to provide support and monitor progress.
  • Be mindful of the risks associated with using cloud-based applications, especially surrounding privacy and child safety, including bullying.
  • Familiarise all staff with the eSafety.gov.au website which provides specific advice regarding COVID-19 including:
  • Ensure that students and families are aware of any changes to programs that run externally to the school including VET and Employment Pathways.

  • All staff have access to the updated COVID guidelines published on the DoE intranet.
  • All staff have access to the planning resourcing and materials to move teaching from home if required.
  • All staff are aware of their roles and responsibilities during a period of working from home.
  • Appropriate planning in place to support vulnerable staff.
  • Organised agreed alternative working arrangements are put in place for all staff to include both access to the school (if permissible) site and working from home.
  • Ensure that staff are reminded of access to Employee Assistance Programs if required.
  • Ensure that all staff including yourself are aware that additional wellbeing support for staff.
  • Regularly check in with staff who are in mandatory quarantine or directed self-quarantine.

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