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Our strategy

In following all SA Health and Government advice, and with health and wellbeing our top priority, staff are requested to continue to work from home as much as possible until further notice.

For resources, tips and tricks about working from home and staying connected, please refer to our working from home and wellbeing resources sections.

If you are unwell, please follow all medical advice and refer to the latest Government information.

What we are telling schools and the public

Please use the following information when communicating with external colleagues and members of the public.

Our key message is to provide reassurance to teachers that they are empowered to use the subject outlines to do things differently, and to ensure parents that we are backing teacher judgement and that we are following the processes that are already in place to ensure students, with time away from the classroom, can still actively engage in the SACE.

Our key message to students is that we will hold strong to our promise of learning in the SACE.

COVID 19 readiness – You Can Ask That! VET Edition – sent to schools on Thursday 14 May, highlighting a video with SACE Board Chief Executive Professor Martin Westwell and TAFE SA Chief Executive David Coltman, who were answering students' questions about the impact of COVID-19 on SACE and training provider processes.

COVID 19 readiness Term 2 updated information for schools – sent to schools on Monday 27 April, highlighting updates in the COVID-19 readiness portal, including modifications to 22 subjects and a reminder of the cut-off date for the Semester 1 Research Project resulting cycle.

SACE Board media release issued on Monday 27 April [PDF 105KB], highlighting how the SACE Board is working with teachers to co-construct solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic, including modifications to 22 SACE subjects.

COVID-19 readiness – Important updates for teachers and leaders – sent to schools on Wednesday 8 April,  highlighting updates in the COVID-19 readiness portal, including subject outline changes to 13 subjects, Stage 1 moderation and modified subjects review, and the Research Project.

COVID-19 readiness – SACE and SATAC students' COVID-19 Q&A – sent to schools on Tuesday 31 March, highlighting a video with SACE Board Chief Executive Professor Martin Westwell and SATAC Chief Executive Officer Stuart Mossman, who are answering students' questions about the impact of COVID-19 on SACE and SATAC processes

COVID-19 readiness – PLATO Social – sent to schools on Thursday 26 March, promoting PLATO Social, a safe space for online teacher discussion, collaboration, and sharing of new approaches and ideas in teaching and assessing SACE subjects during COVID-19.

COVID-19 readiness – resources for teachers – sent to schools on Tuesday 24 March, highlighting the SACE Board’s COVID-19 online readiness portal for teachers, students and the community. This includes a section for teachers that provides support in interpreting the flexibilities of the subject outlines.

COVID-19 readiness - Information for teachers, students and parents – sent to schools on Thursday 19 March, with a key message directed at students that the education sector is working together to keep the promise of learning in the SACE.

Media Statement - sent to media outlets on Tuesday 17 March, highlighting our business as usual approach to end of year exams 

COVID-19 Coronavirus readiness – sent to schools on Friday 13 March, highlighting that the SACE Board supports teachers to be empowered to use the flexibility of the SACE to deliver learning and assessment in different ways. It is also available publicly on the SACE website.

How we are responding

Internally, the SACE Board has formed a COVID-19 Response Team, which is currently meeting three times a week. The team members are Martin Westwell, Michaela Bensley, Nick Baron (HR), Simon Thompson (ICT), Alan Herman (Finance), Deb Cooper (Communications), Haylee Bridle (Security and Facilities), and Leah Nagle (Strategy, Business Continuity). Please contact any member of the Response Team if you have any concerns that should be brought to the team's attention.

Externally, we went live on Tuesday 24 March with our COVID-19 readiness portal for students, teachers and the community. We have formed an internal Contingency Planning Team to work through various scenarios for schools and teachers , based on how the situation evolves, using the readiness portal as the central point of information for the community.