By Melissa Meehan
Remote learning is back and childcare centres will close under tough restrictions aimed at controlling the number of COVID-19 cases in Victoria.
Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday announced Melbourne would move to Stage Four restrictions and Stage Three in regional Victoria.
So what does that mean for schools?
- Students and staff will attend as normal on Monday.
- There will be a pupil free day on Tuesday.
- And from Wednesday, all P-12 students in Melbourne will learn remotely.
- Study at TAFE and university must be done remotely.
What does this mean for childcare?
- Early childhood services in Melbourne will only be open to families of defined workplaces where the child needs care and to vulnerable children from Thursday.
- Early childhood services will also remain open as normal in regional Victoria
All students in regional Victoria will learn remotely, except for those who attend specialist schools.
On-site supervision will be available for all students of permitted workers, vulnerable students and any student with a disability.
“We all need to play our part to help slow the spread of coronavirus,” Mr Andrews said.
“By staying at home and limiting contact with other people, we can help protect ourselves, our families and our communities from coronavirus.”
Education Minister James Merlino said he understood the restrictions would be challenging.
“It something we simply have to do. We have no choice if we want to slow the spread of the virus,” he said in a post on social media on Sunday night.
“This is all about stopping around 1 million students, their families and teachers from moving around the state.
“For VCE students my message is clear. You will sit your exams and you will receive an ATAR by the end of the year. I know it is challenging but we will support you every step of the way.”
All Year 11 and Year 12 students in Melbourne returned to in-school learning at the beginning of Term 3 from 13 July, along with students at special schools.
Students in regional areas had returned to school as normal at the beginning of Term 3.