Learning during COVID-19

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

 

Victoria’s restriction levels : Second Step (Metropolitan Melbourne), Third Step (Regional Victoria)

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.

 

Metropolitan Melbourne (Second Step)

 

5-9 October 2020 (first week Term 4)

Children will continue remote and flexible learning from home.

Children of permitted workers and vulnerable children can continue receiving onsite supervision.

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) students can go on-site for essential assessments during the first week of Term 4.

 

12-16 October 2020

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

Your child’s school can stagger the return of the above year levels during this week, with all students to be back on-site by Friday 16 October.

Years 8-10 will continue remote and flexible learning. Onsite supervision will still be provided for vulnerable children and children of permitted workers.

 

From 26 October 2020

Students in Years 8-10 will return to onsite learning.

 

Regional Victoria (Third Step)

 

5-9 October 2020 (first week Term 4)

Monday 5 October- Prep to Grade 6 will return to on-site learning.

Thursday 8 October- Prep to Grade 6 in P-12 schools will return to on-site learning.

Your child’s school may spread out the return of these year levels. If they do, they will tell you about this.

 

12-16 October 2020

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

Schools may stagger the return of different year levels during this week.

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

 

Travel

If your child lives in metropolitan Melbourne and goes to school in regional Victoria, they can attend onsite learning based on the dates above.

If your child lives in regional Victoria and goes to school in metropolitan Melbourne they will continue to learn remotely until their grade or year level returns to onsite learning.

 

Early childhood education: Metropolitan Melbourne (Second Step)

Monday 28 September 2020

Early childhood education services (except for outside school hours care and vacation care) with a COVIDSafe Plan should offer onsite education and care for all children.

Parents and carers no longer have to provide permits in order for their children to attend onsite.

Please see further information on the Department of Education and Training website.

 

Early childhood education- Regional Victoria (Third Step)

Monday 28 September 2020

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

Please see further information on the Department of Education and Training website.

 

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 will begin 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).