CATHOLIC diocese schools may have reopened after the holidays, but the start of transitioning back to full-time schooling will not commence for a number of weeks.
For the first two weeks of term two, parents have been encouraged to keep their children at home, a Catholic Diocese of Bathurst spokeswoman said.
"Parents who are emergency or essential workers may send their children to school if they have no other supervision available to them," she said.
"All students, whether at home or being supervised at school, will be using the same remote learning materials developed by our teachers.
"During the first two weeks of school, with the support of the executive director of schools, Mrs Christina Trimble, each individual school will be discerning and planning for the weeks ahead."
From week three, however, things will change and the spokeswoman said the diocese would continue to communicate with parents.
"To ensure parents are well informed during the transition period, schools will communicate the plans for weeks 3-5 at the start of week two (May 4), and the plans for weeks 6-10 by the start of week four (May 18)," the spokeswoman said.
"This will be a gradual process of returning students to a more regular pattern of attendance.
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"Based on current advice, we anticipate a return to normal, full-time school attendance with regular activities for all students at the commencement of term three."
The Catholic Diocese of Bathurst has parishes in: Bathurst, Blayney, Coonabarbran, Cowra, Coonamble, Dubbo, Dunedoo/Coolah, Gulong, Gilgandra, Kandos, Lithgow, Molong, Mudgee, Oberon, Orange, Portland and Wellington.