COVID-19 Update from 17th September 2020

Study and education

Summary of restrictions

  • Childcare and kindergartens remain open in regional Victoria
  • In Term 4, all students will have a staged return to onsite learning.
  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) students can only attend on site for essential assessments during this week, including the General Achievement Test (GAT) on Wednesday 7 October.
  • On-site supervision for children of permitted workers, vulnerable students and students with a disability continues in line with existing guidelines.
  • In line with the up-to-date advice of the Chief Health Officer, students in regional Victoria (from Prep to Year 12) will begin returning to full-time on-site schooling. Schools can stagger the return of different year levels, with all students undertaking on-site schooling by 16 October.
  • Students aged 12 and over must wear a face covering if they are doing onsite supervision, unless they are attending primary school. Students under the age of 12 do not have to wear a face covering.
  • It is not compulsory for teachers, educators and carers to wear face coverings while teaching or caring for children. Face coverings can interfere with their ability to clearly communicate with students or children in their care. Teachers, educators and carers can choose to wear face coverings if they wish when teaching or providing care for children. Teachers, educators and carers must wear face coverings in other areas of the school/facility when not teaching or providing care.
  • University, TAFE and adult education students should continue to learn remotely or online where possible.
  • Even while wearing a face covering, you should keep 1.5 metres distance between others.