Learning during COVID-19

Department of Education and Training coronavirus (COVID-19) website



Restriction Levels: Last Step- Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria

As of Sunday 22 November 2020, 11:59pm, all of Victoria has moved to the Last Step of our ‘roadmap to reopening’.

Victoria continues to work toward reaching a ‘COVID Normal’ as we progress through our ‘roadmap to reopening.’

Principals, teachers and school staff seeking advice are encouraged to call the Department of Education and Training coronavirus (COVID-19) phone line on 1800 338 663, available 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

Please see the school operations guide here.


Victoria’s Return to School


Metropolitan Melbourne (Second Step)

12-16 October 2020

Primary school students, Year 7 students, students studying VCE and VCAL, and Specialist School students returned to onsite learning.

26 October 2020

Students in Years 8-10 returned to onsite learning.


Regional Victoria (Third Step)

5-9 October 2020 (first week Term 4)

Prep to Grade 6 returned to on-site learning.

12-16 October 2020

All children, including Years 7 to 10 and VCE and VCAL students returned to on-site learning.

For more information, please see the Department of Education and Training website (Returning to on-site learning in Term 4) here.


Early childhood education

Monday 28 September 2020

Under the Second Step of the roadmap, early childhood education services (except for outside school hours care and vacation care) with a COVIDSafe Plan reopened to offer onsite education and care for all children.


VCE Learning

VCE students will still receive an ATAR score, but there will be changes to the academic calendar, including:

  • The General Achievement Test (GAT) was held on Wednesday 7 October, 2020
  • VCE exams began the week commencing Monday 9 November and will be completed by Wednesday 2 December, 2020
  • VCE study scores will continue to be a combination of school-based assessment and external exams
  • VCE and VCAL students will receive their results before the end of 2020
  • Universities and TAFEs are working closely with the State Government to enable enrolments to commence next year

VCE is an intense couple of years at the best of times. These measures have been put in place to give certainty to thousands of VCE students whose studies have been interrupted by coronavirus (COVID-19).