Coronavirus information and resources

AHISA is closely monitoring COVID-19 news and updates for information that may be of use to our members.

To share a resource with other members, please send relevant material to our Communications and Social Media Coordinator.

COVID-19 email updates

Looking for AHISA's COVID-19 update emails? Visit the full archive or email us.

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Government updates
Government news, links and downloads

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General advice
Advice on legal issues, online learning and more.

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Research & studies
Pandemic-related findings relevant to Heads & educators

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Member contributions
Templates and advice from AHISA members.

Government updates 
The most recent advice from Australian Government agencies is available at

Department of Health

The Government is providing regular COVID-19 updates about protective measures and the spread of the disease via the Department of Health website:
Statistics and health alerts.
Social distancing guidance.
A fact sheet explaining how common COVID-19 is in children, symptoms experienced by children and what parents should do if their child is unwell.

Department of Education, Skills and Employment
A Statement of Intent and fact sheet reassuring educators the federal government will take a flexible approach to compliance issues where obligations cannot be met due to the COVID-19 pandemic (released 10 August 2020).
Details of a support package to help Victorian childcare services remain viable, during Stage Four lockdown arrangements in metropolitan Melbourne and Stage Three lockdown arrangements in regional Victoria (announced on 5 August 2020).
The Student Wellbeing Hub — with a dedicated page for COVID-19 resources for educators.
Printable posters for schools on stopping the spread of coronavirus, for teachers and school staffprimary school students and high school and secondary students

A determination regarding flexibility in student reporting requirements for Semester 1 reports, and a follow-up clarification received by ISCA.
The National Principles for School Education during the COVID-19 pandemic, announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on 16 April 2020.

eSafety Commissioner

Tips for staying safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of a curated page with resources for parents, carers, educators and other communities.
eSafety guide with information on Zoom and the app Houseparty.

Information on the NBN's education assistance package, helping to connect low income families with home-schooling needs to the internet. The fact sheet includes the names of participating internet providers (updated 1 June).

JobKeeper payment 
A fact sheet outlining the details of the JobKeeper Payment extension announced by the Federal Government on 21 July 2020.
Information developed to help independent schools determine their eligibility for payments under JobKeeper and calculate changes in revenue, provided by the Australian Taxation Office to ISCA.

Advice from State and Territory Governments
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General advice 
Legal advice on risks and implations of livestreaming or broadcasting recordings
Advice for AHISA members on the risks and implications to schools of livestreaming, or recording and then broadcasting, events such as assemblies and graduation ceremonies, prepared by Ben Tallboys, principal at Russell Kennedy Lawyers (supplied 4 September, 2020).
Legal advice
Legal advice on schools' OH&S obligations to students during return to on-campus learning prepared by Anthony Massaro, principal at Russell Kennedy Lawyers (supplied 4 May, 2020).
Legal advice on staffing issues, risk management and HR policies during the COVID-19 pandemic, prepared by Ben Tallboys, principal at Russell Kennedy Lawyers (updated 27 March, 2020).  
Resources to support student learning
Quality Education For All During COVID-19 — a website and summary report from HundrED in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), sharing 30 solutions to help parents, teachers and children navigate the many challenges facing education during the pandemic.

A leadership briefing for AHISA members, with advice on tackling 'decision fatigue' at school and at home.
A wellbeing plan for educators from Be You, designed to help teachers and Heads support their own mental health and wellbeing in the workplace and address the unique challenges they may experience as an educator.
A series of special reports on maintaining family wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic, published by School TV and designed for schools to share with their communities.
Advice on how school leadership teams can support their staff, from counselling service AccessEAP.

Be You resources for schools
Be You provides educators with knowledge, resources and strategies for helping young people achieve their best possible mental health. Funded by the Federal Fovernment, it's available to all Australian schools for free, and the following services may be of assistance during this difficult year:
Be You prevention & mental health wellbeing, for schools looking for advice, guidance, and support in the area of mental health and wellbeing.
Be You national suicide response service, for schools impacted by suicide or a suicide attempt.
Research & studies 
Results from MMG Education's home-based learning surveys
In early 2020, AHISA subsided a series of surveys for members' schools to collect information on remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. MMG have prepared a detailed report and a summary, An infographic on the positives and difficulties of home learning is also available.
AHISA member survey report — schooling and extreme events
In May 2020, the House of Representatives Education Committee invited submissions on lessons learned from online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a view to applying these learnings in remote and complex environments. This report from a survey of members informed AHISA's submission.
Lessons from remote learning
A report from the Australian Academy of Science's Rapid Research Information Forum on learning outcomes for online versus in-class education.
A series of reports by the Victorian Government containing insights and lessons learned from the first period of remote and flexible learning in 2020.

Member contributions 
How are schools conducting parent teacher interviews remotely?
Members of AHISA’s Depnet service were recently asked to share their experiences of conducting parent teacher interviews remotely. A total of 18 deputies responded with detailed information about how their schools were approaching this challenge.
Communication to parents and guardians
A communique sent to parents and guardians, announcing a temporary school closure — provided by Andy Muller, Principal, Scotch Oakburn College.
Letters sent to parents and guardians on March 9 , March 10  and March 11 , announcing a temporary school closure — provided by Jonathan Walter, Principal, Carey Baptist Grammar.