Return to school Friday 11 June

For lots of students it’s good news that all schools are re-opening tomorrow – but even if you’re excited to get back to face-to-face learning and see your friends it can be anxiety inducing trying to work out what you can and can’t do! Have a look at the info below and let us know in the comments if you have any questions!

Some common sense tips and general guidelines:
  • Stay home if you’re unwell. If you are experiencing COVID symptoms after a negative COVID test, it’s best to get a medical certificate before returning to school.
  • Don’t share food!
  • Wash your hands!
  • Secondary school-aged students over 12 need wear masks indoors or if you’re outside but can’t physically distance – including on camps and overnight stays.
  • Density limits will apply at school.
Structured Workplace Learning (SWL), community access programs or work experience

Regional

  • These can continue on site but the business must include students when considering how many people can share a space as well as other COVID safe requirements. It’s recommended that high-risk placements (for example, in healthcare, aged care, meat works, etc) are postponed unless it is part of VCAL, VET, VCE or IB.

Metro

  • These must be postponed, or cancelled if they can’t be postponed. Your school should make every effort to support you in finding alternatives. Speak to your principal for further information if your SWL contributes to VCAL, VET, VCE or IB.
Camps and Excursions and other activities
  • Camps and overnight stays are allowed as long as only one school is staying at the accommodation.
  • In general, excursions, incursions, interschool activities and non-essential visitors to schools are not permitted anywhere across Victoria. Non-essential meetings, gatherings and assemblies should also be postponed or held virtually.
  • School bus services will remain in operation across the state.
  • The School Breakfast Club program will also remain in operation across the state.
Swimming pools, sports, other physical activities

Regional

  • Indoor and outdoor pools are open and no participant limits apply but only one school can use the facilities at a time.
  • Outdoor and indoor sports, including interschool sports, can resume but check with the venue how many people can be at the location.

Metro

  • Outdoor pools are open and no participant limits apply but only one school can use the facilities at a time.
  • Outdoor sports are permitted but not interschool sports of any kind.
Singing, brass and woodwind classes and groups
  • These are permitted across Victorian schools but schools must follow the recommendations from Department of Health to ensure there is limited risk of transmission, including a distance of two metres between performers, reducing the number of people present and reducing the time of activity.
Mental health support
  • 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.
Update: Mask info

Regional

  • Unless an exception applies school staff and secondary students who are 12 or older must wear a face mask
    • Indoors at school, including when attending an OSHC program
    • Outdoors when you can’t stay 1.5m apart
    • When travelling to and from school
  • Primary school students and students under 12 don’t need to wear masks when at school, including OSHC programs.
  • Teachers and educators don’t need to wear masks while teaching but can if they want to.

Metro

  • Unless a lawful exception applies school staff and secondary students who are 12 or older must wear a face mask
    • Both indoors and outdoors at school, including while attending an OSHC program
    • When travelling to and from school on public transports and when in taxis or ride share vehicles
  • Primary school students and students under 12 don’t need to wear masks when at school, including OSHC programs.
  • Teachers and educators don’t need to wear masks while teaching but can if they want to.
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