It’s that time again where everyone heads back to their classrooms and gets started on another year of education and student voice! We’ve got all the info for you below on what it’s going to look like now that we’ve got COVID-19 under control (touch wood).

All students are expected to attend on-site

Masks are recommended where physical distancing isn’t possible but are still mandatory on public transport. If you’re wearing a mask in hot weather, make sure you keep hydrated with water, have a spare mask in case in case it gets damp and find times to have a break from wearing them in spaces you don’t need to. 

Density limits (how many people can be in a space) do not apply in schools in spaces students use. They do apply to areas adults use (such as the staff room or events where there are adults present) and there should be signage to show how many people can use the room at once.  

Remember to wash your hands and use hand sanitiser often! 

The Vic Chief Health Officer has said there is a low risk of community transmission of COVID19 so students with medical vulnerabilities can learn safely on site at school. However, if you are unwell at all, please stay at home. Your school should provide work for you so you don’t miss out. 

Here’s what we’re allowed to do again at school with COVID safe measures: 

  • Formals and other events. 
  • School photos 
  • Music classes and music groups including brass and singing. 
  • Interschool sports (indoor and outdoor) and other interschool activities such as debating. 
  • Visit swimming pools and aquatic facilities. 
  • Assemblies
  • Camps, excursions and incursions in metro and regional Victoria without travel restrictions. (Some interstate camps may be allowed but overseas travel is still not allowed.)

If you borrowed a laptop or portable device from a government school (such as an iPad etc) you can permanently keep those. If you returned it to school, your school should give it back to you as soon as possible. Make sure you check with your school about who is responsible for insurance and maintenance. VicSRC is waiting for more info from the DET around this and will update as soon as possible. 

The mobile phone policy still applies so leave those phones in your locker during school time! 

Mental Health support for students: 

  • The Mental Health Toolkit has advice and resources to support student mental health and wellbeing. This includes advice on positive mental health promotion, curriculum support, how to identify and access support as well as parent- and student-specific pages. 
  • In addition, the Quick Guide to Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources highlights the most relevant evidence-based resources for teachers, parents and students.