Education

Victorian school students to return to school in coming weeks

By Brayden May

THE Victorian government has announced students will gradually return to classroom learning in the coming weeks.

From Tuesday, May 26, all prep, grade 1 and grade 2 students, specialist school students, as well as VCE and VCAL students will return to on-site learning at government schools.

While students between years 3 and 10 will return from Monday, June 9, and will continue learning remotely until that date.

“As a father of three kids who have been learning from home, I know this has been a really challenging time for many families but thanks to everyone’s efforts in sticking to the rules and getting tested, we’re now able to start getting our kids back into the classroom," Premier Daniel Andrews said.

“Having most of our kids learning from home has made a big contribution to limiting the number of people moving around the community and reduced the spread of the virus.”

Vulnerable students in years 3 to 10, and children in those years whose parents or carers cannot work from home, can continue to attend school on-site as needed during this period.

All Victorian school staff will be prioritised for voluntary coronavirus testing for a two-week period from both mobile and fixed testing sites, starting today.

This will enable school staff to seek testing during the preparation period before the return to on-site schooling.

Schools will be encouraged to implement a staggered drop-off system to reduce the number of adults congregating outside the school at any one time, as well as staggered break times to manage the number of students mixing across year levels.

Schools will also implement social distancing measures for all adults.

The state government will invest up to $45 million for enhanced cleaning that will occur every day at every school across the state for all of term 2 and term 3.