Following advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has announced that students, teachers and support staff can return to face-to-face teaching.
Schools will commence a staged return from remote and flexible learning from Tuesday 26 May 2020.
To support all school staff to prepare for the transition, Monday 25 May will be a pupil-free day. This is important to enable the planning necessary to ensure the successful transition back to school can be completed.
The return to school will take place in two stages. This will give the Victorian Chief Health Officer and Government time to monitor and evaluate the effects that the staged return to school has on the increased movement of people and transmission within the community.
Stage 1: 25 May – 5 June
Return to on-site schooling for:
- Grade 1
- Grade 2
- senior secondary students (Year 11 and 12 Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE))
- all students enrolled in specialist schools.
Remote and flexible learning will continue for the following students until Tuesday 9 June:
- grades 3 to 6
- years 7 to 10.
During this period, Year 10 students undertaking VCE studies, including VCE Vocational Education and Training (VET) studies, should also attend school for those classes where possible. Where this is not possible, schools should make sure the work provided to students attending at school is provided to those who continue to learn from home.
During these two weeks, the existing model of on-site schooling for students who cannot be supervised at home and vulnerable children will stay in place.
Stage 2: from 9 June
Return to on-site schooling for all grades and year levels.
All students will be expected to attend school as normal.
How this applies to other educational institutions
English Language Schools and English Language Centres will follow the same staged return as mainstream schools.
The following will reopen for face-to-face teaching when operationally possible:
- Tech Schools
- Science and Maths Specialist Centres
- the Victorian School of Languages (VSL)
- Saturday language classes
- Community Language Schools (CLS) classes
- Government owned outdoor centres
- Government owned camps
- Government owned leadership schools.
Physical distancing and hygiene
Even as we return to school, it remains important that physical distancing for adults and strict hygiene measures continue to be observed. The following provides a summary of the key advice:
- Adjustments should be made to teaching and learning environments, including maintaining distance of 1.5 metres between adults where possible, maximising air flow, using outdoor spaces and staggering break times.
- In large schools, consideration should be given to holding staff meetings remotely.
- Attendance on school sites by non-essential visitors and parents should be limited.
- Hygiene requirements including hand washing should continue to be practiced.
- Any member of staff or student who is unwell must not attend school on-site.