COVID-19

Coronavirus advice

Last updated 18 September, 2020

Term 4 arrangements in schools

The Victorian Government has announced that Victorian school students will begin a phased return to classroom learning in Term 4, 2020.

Decisions relating to the return of face to face classroom learning are based on the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer and may be subject to change as set out in the Steps for Schools in the Victorian Government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmaps to reopening.

Schools located in regional Victoria

From Monday 5 October 2020:

  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) students (including Year 10 students enrolled in VCE or VCAL programs) can attend on-site for the General Achievement Test (GAT) and essential assessments.

  • Students enrolled in Year 7 to Year 10 will continue with Remote Schooling (with current exemptions for on-site remote schooling continuing).

  • Students enrolled in Foundation (Prep) to Year 6 can return to on-site learning with health and safety measures in place. Principals have the flexibility to stagger the return of primary year levels between Monday 5 October and Friday 9 October 2020, depending on local circumstances.

Parents, guardians and carers of students in Foundation (Prep) to Year 6, should contact their school for further information in relation to their local arrangements between Monday 5 October and Friday 9 October 2020.


From Monday 12 October 2020:

  • All school students, including Year 7 to Year 10, VCE and VCAL students, will return to on-site learning. Schools have the flexibility to stagger the return of students in Year 7 to Year 10 from Monday 12 October to Friday 16 October 2020, depending on local circumstances.

Parents, guardians and carers of students in Year 7 to 10, should contact their school for further information in relation to their local arrangements between Monday 12 October and Friday 16 October 2020.

Schools located in Cardinia and Casey

From Monday 5 October 2020:

  • All students in Foundation (Prep) to Year 12 that attend schools located in Casey and Cardinia will continue with Remote Schooling.

  • On-site supervision for students will continue to be provided, consistent with existing guidelines.

  • VCE and VCAL students can only attend on-site for essential assessments that cannot be conducted from the student’s home during this week, including the GAT on Wednesday 7 October 2020.


From Monday 12 October 2020:

  • Students in Foundation (Prep) to Grade 2 will return to on-site schooling with health and safety measures in place.

  • Year 11 and 12 students will attend on-site schooling, and Year 10 students enrolled in a VCE or VCAL program will attend on-site for these classes only.

  • Remote Schooling will continue for all students in Grade 3 to Year 10. On-site supervision for students will continue to be provided, consistent with existing guidelines.

A date for the return to on-site learning for students in Grade 3 to Year 10 will be subject to further health advice.


On-site supervision arrangements

Students in Foundation to Year 10 attending a school in Casey or Cardinia, regardless of where the student resides, should only attend on-site Remote Schooling subject to the following criteria:

  • children of permitted workers who are unable to be supervised at home and no other arrangements can be made

  • vulnerable children

  • the family is suffering from severe distress.

For single parent families, the parent with whom the student resides must have a permit for the student to attend on-site schooling.


Permitted workers

Where parents or guardians are permitted workers and intend to send their child(ren) to school, a copy of the Permitted Worker Scheme Permit(s) must be provided to the school.

If necessary, to verify permits, the school may make contact with the employer listed on each permit.

In some circumstances a worker permit will not be required. This includes law enforcement, emergency services workers or healthcare workers who carry employer-issued photographic identification, which clearly identifies the employer.


Vulnerable students

Vulnerable children include:

  • children in out-of-home care

  • children deemed by Child Protection and/or Family Services to be at risk of harm

  • children identified by the school as vulnerable (including via referral from a family violence agency, homelessness or youth justice service or mental health or other health service).


Severe stress

The school will discuss appropriate arrangements with parents, guardians or carers where a family is experiencing severe stress due to the functional impact of their child’s disability on providing care and supervision for Remote Schooling (including via referral from external agency, mental health or other health service).

Disability refers to all students receiving adjustments, including (but not limited to) those supported through the Program for Students with Disabilities.

In these instances, the school will take a collaborative family-centred approach to determine appropriate on-site attendance arrangements for children with a disability.

Temperature checks

All schools will continue daily temperature checks of students during Term 4, 2020.

Face coverings

Based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government announced that compulsory wearing of face coverings now extends to all of Victoria. This means everyone over the age of 12 must wear a face covering when they leave their home for a permitted reason.

In accordance with advice from the Victorian Government, students in primary schools are not required to wear a face covering.

Other exemptions to wearing a face covering include:

  • staff or students with a medical reason

  • those who have a professional reason that prevents them from doing their job

  • it is not practical to wear a face covering (i.e. while jogging).

The following arrangements will apply to staff and students attending the School for on-site Remote Schooling:

  • All secondary school students must wear a face covering when practical

  • Primary school students are not required to wear a face covering, irrespective of their age. Families of primary school students can make their own decision regarding their children wearing a face covering whilst attending primary school.

  • All staff must wear a face covering at school, except where providing instruction to students.


Health and wellbeing

We encourage all staff and students to continue taking precautions to protect their health and wellbeing.

  • Continue to practice good hand and respiratory (cough/sneeze) hygiene.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or when this is not possible, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser on arrival at school and regularly throughout the day.

  • Do not attend school if you are unwell.

If families need extra support, they should contact their school for a confidential discussion.