COVID-19 ADVICE – 2022

The following sections provide an overview of how elements of planned programs of learning in Years 9-12 can continue to operate in the current COVID-19 situation.

This information aligns with the Department’s Return to school plan to managing COVID-19 in schools and early childhood education and care.

Apprenticeships including ASbAs

Apprenticeships and traineeships for school aged learners (ApTSL) will continue as normal with COVID-safe measures in place.

The ApTSL team will be available to DECYP schools to provide support/relief to School Facilitators regarding

  • TCE projections for students
  • liaising with the responsible school staff regarding student timetables/work pattern
  • liaising with Apprenticeship Network Providers (ANP’S)
  • parent and employer communications
  • School Endorsement Form (SEF) approval process

Schools will receive notification of SEFs received over the holiday period. To request support please email Years9-12Learning@decyp.tas.gov.au

Career Education

Career Education can be helpful to support young people through anxious times when they are unsure about their future.  This can be helpful in supporting their wellbeing. Canvas resources are available for Students and teachers to make use of.

The following digital resources may also be helpful:

Graduate Certificate – Career Development

To support teaching and learning in term 1, the study of the Graduate Certificate – Career Development will pause for Term 1.

James Cook University are able to accommodate our current circumstances by allowing deferment of study for our staff enrolled in the Graduate Certificate – Career Development from Term 1 recommencing in Term 2, 2022.

Undertaking study in term 2, will allow:

  • 2021 staff intake to graduate before the end of 2022
  • 2022 staff intake to graduate at the end of Term 1 2023

For more information contact

Years9-12Learning@decyp.tas.gov.au

Packages of Learning

All schools registered to offer Packages of Learning in 2022 will be contacted via email to:

  • provide them with information on how to onboard class codes into the system; and
  • request the names of the teachers teaching each of the packages at each centre.
  • teachers will then be added to the relevant Community of Practice.

Recognised Formal Learning (GCSQs)

Six General Capabilities Short Qualifications (GCSQs) are available for enrolment for years 11 and 12 students.

The Short Qualifications are delivered for a duration of 20 hours and, upon successful completion, will contribute two credit points at Level 2 towards student’s Tasmanian Certificate of Education. If your school is considering or would like to deliver the one or more of the General Capabilities Short Qualifications, please complete this Expression of Interest Form.

Senior Secondary Courses

For the latest information regarding assessment and quality assurance of Senior Secondary courses continue to access the  TASC website.

LEARNING AREAADVICE
EnglishThere is no adjustment to the delivery sequence recommended for Senior Secondary English courses at this time.
If teachers have further questions, please join a conversation in the Years 9-12 Communities of Practice for English.
Health and Physical Education (HPE)There is no adjustment to the delivery sequence recommended for Senior Secondary Health and Physical Education (HPE) courses at this time.
Where possible, practical field work could be limited to local areas to minimise transmission and maximise the opportunities for absent students to participate later.
If teachers have further questions, please join a conversation in the Years 9-12 Communities of Practice for HPE.
Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)There is no adjustment to the delivery sequence recommended for Senior Secondary Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) courses at this time.
The following courses will require consideration of the timing and nature of practical experiences:
Community Service Learning Level 2
Includes 30 hours of unpaid community service learning as a work requirement. 
Working with Children Level 2
Requires a practical component in the child-care environment.
Focus on Children Level 1
Includes a practical component observing children in the child-care environment.
If teachers have further questions, please join a conversation in the Years 9-12 Communities of Practice for HASS.
LanguagesThere is no adjustment to the delivery sequence recommended for Senior Secondary Languages courses at this time.
If teachers have further questions, please join a conversation in the Years 9-12 Communities of Practice for Languages
MathematicsThere is no adjustment to the delivery sequence recommended for Senior Secondary Mathematics courses in Years 11 and 12 at this time.
If teachers have further questions, please join a conversation in the Years 9-12 Communities of Practice for Maths.
Mixed FieldThere is no adjustment to the delivery sequence recommended for Senior Secondary Mixed Field courses at this time.
Where possible, work exposure opportunities could be limited to local areas to minimise transmission and maximise the opportunities for absent students to participate later.
If teachers have further questions, please join a conversation in the Years 9-12 Communities of Practice for Mixed Field.
ScienceThere is no adjustment to the delivery sequence recommended for Senior Secondary Science courses in Years 11 and 12 at this time.
Recommended use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) during collaborative/practical work should be adhered to. Where possible, practical field work could be limited to local areas to minimise transmission and maximise the opportunities for absent students to participate later.
If teachers have further questions, please join a conversation in the Years 9-12 Communities of Practice for Science.
TechnologiesThere is no adjustment to the delivery sequence recommended for Senior Secondary Technologies courses in Years 11 and 12 at this time.
When designing practical components from the course, providers could consider the use of resources and equipment that can be replicated (or provided) for learning at home or alternatively, online simulated practical opportunities. Collaborative tools could be used to facilitate group work.
If teachers have further questions, please join a conversation in the Years 9-12 Communities of Practice for Technologies.
The ArtsDrama, Theatre and Theatre Production teachers, please be aware there are updated (02/05/2022) Course Specific Considerations  for Drama SDD315120, Theatre Performance SDP315120, and Technical Theatre Production SDT215120 as part of the Covid-19 Advice and Support on the TASC website.

VET Delivered in Schools

Students can undertake vocational /work placements associated with VET programs as normal provided all parties (students, parents and carers, schools, and workplaces) are supportive. It will be subject to normal procedures, including risk management and assessment practices and obtaining parental approval. Site requirements at the workplace will need to be considered.

For queries, please email Years9-12Learning@decyp.tas.gov.au

Work-based Learning

Industry visitors may deliver work-based Learning activities onsite at the school but need approval from the Principal. Industry visitors must be vaccinated and should adhere to all COVID-safe practices.

Work-based Learning activities can occur outside of the school site. Activities can continue with COVID-safe measures in place. Students can continue to undertake work exposure, work experience internships and work placements provided all parties (students, parents and carers, schools, and workplaces) are supportive. It will be subject to normal procedures, including risk management and assessment practices and obtaining parental approval. Site requirements at the workplace will need to be considered. For queries, please email Years9-12Learning@decyp.tas.gov.au