We’re on the right track

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It is technically Week 2 of Term 2.

But as you continue to battle with home-schooling, you’d be forgiven for thinking it doesn’t feel like it.

With each state taking a different route in the transition back to face-to-face teaching, it’s understandable many parents are anxious about the road ahead, which is why Executive Director Tony Farley wants to reassure them Sydney Catholic Schools is on the right path.

Sydney Catholic Schools Executive Director Tony Farley

Mr Farley and his team is working closely with NSW Health and the state and federal governments and will continue to do so even beyond students being back at school.

“We recognise one size does not fit all; our teachers and school leaders understand their communities and are attuned to what parents and students need and can handle,” Mr Farley told Connect.

“This is why from Week 3 each school will commence a return to face-to-face teaching that responds to the particular needs of each school and age cohort, while at all times ensuring the safety of our students and staff is our highest priority.”

Most schools have already contacted parents to let them know the arrangements specific to their school and their return plan, he said.

Parents of Year 12 pupils facing HSC exams, may be feeling particularly concerned. But Mr Farley wants them to know that they’re working hard to make sure the process runs smoothly, and children are back in classrooms as soon as it is safely possible.

“The first group of students that will be coming back are our HSC students. For year 12 it is a short period of time between now and the end of the year,” Mr Farley said.

“It’s important for us to make sure they’re ready for the assessments and the exams that are coming ahead.

The most important thing in the return to school is the health and safety of our students, our staff, our parents and the broader community.

“The plans that take place in each of our schools are going to be extremely important to make sure that we respond to the circumstances and the concerns that you have as parents.”

With the news and updates on the COVID-19 pandemic constantly evolving, it is important that parents stay in contact with their school to be updated on any changes, he said.

“If you have any questions, you should contact your school immediately, be it the teacher, the principal or the assistant principal,” Mr Farley said.

“They’re here to help you, and they look forward to seeing you very soon.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the rest of the National Cabinet will meet on Friday to discuss further changes and possible reductions in restrictions, which may result in further adjustments to the return to school plan.