Deputy Premier Merlino, the Minister for Education in Victoria, has provided the outdoors community the great news that all schools in regional Victoria can return to Camps from the morning of October 5th, 2020.
This news was provided to all Victorians in a joint press conference this morning, as well as featured on page 13 of the Herald Sun, ABC radio news and on several locations online.
Below are the key logistical points from the Deputy Premier’s media release:
“School camps will return in Term 4 along with face-to-face learning for schools in regional and rural Victoria , following health advice that they are safe to resume.
- Minister for Education James Merlino today announced that camps will be limited to single schools and can only take place in regional and rural Victoria, in line with health advice.
- Prep to Grade 6 students in standalone primary schools in regional and rural Victoria will return to on-site learning from Monday 5 October, with schools able to stagger the return of different year levels depending on local circumstances.
- Year 11 and 12 students and Year 10 students studying VCE and VCAL subjects can also attend on-site for the General Achievement Test (GAT) and essential assessments during this week.
- Students in Prep to Grade 6 in P-12 schools in regional and rural Victoria will return to on-site learning from Thursday 8 October, and all other students – including Years 7 to 10 and VCE and VCAL students – will return to on- site learning from Monday 12 October.
- Schools have the flexibility to stagger the return of students, depending on local circumstances.”***The next step over the coming days is for the Department of Education to send to all schools an updated School Operations Guide and at some stage update their public-view website.Outdoors Victoria urges all educators in schools to contact their regular camp operators and outdoor activity providers as soon as possible, to explore possibilities for their students for term 4 and beyond. What a gift to be able to provide these outdoor experiences at a time where students so need to reconnect with their peers and teachers.Additionally we point out that camp operators and outdoor providers are permitted under current COVID-19 restrictions to provide their services to prescribed numbers of clients across the whole regional Victorian community. So many businesses are already operating, offering some of their services to families, couples, and seniors in a COVIDSafe and compliant way.