Returning to on-site schooling

This information applies to Victorian students in government schools and is correct as of Thursday, 15th of May, sourced from the Department of Education (DET).



Monday, 25th of May: pupil-free day for everyone!
Tuesday, 26th of May: some students go back to school:

  • Prep/Foundation
  • Grades 1-2
  • Year 11-12 VCE and VCAL
  • All specialist schools
  • Year 10 students doing VCE or VCE VET subjects can come to school for those classes where possible. Teachers will also provide material for learning at home.

Tuesday, 9th of June: all year levels return to on-site schools.


Key points

If you’re currently going to school because you can’t learn from home, you can keep going to school until the rest of your year level comes back.

Once your year level has returned to school, your teachers won’t be providing material for you to learn from home.

If there’s a health or medical reason why you can’t go back to school with your year level, you should contact your Year Level Coordinator or another staff member as soon as possible. They should work with you to make a plan so you can stay safe and healthy.


Health and hygiene

Students won’t have to maintain physical distancing at school. This means you won’t have to stay 1.5m away from your friends and other people at school.

Schools will be cleaned more regularly and you’ll be asked to wash your hands a lot!

If you’re feeling sick, please don’t go to school! This is to protect your friends and school staff. Stay home and see a doctor, if you can.

There will be changes to school drop off times and lunch and recess times. This is to stop too many people being together at the same time. Your school should give you information about this as soon as they can.

Only immediate school staff and students will be able to come into the school grounds. Your parents and carers can only come into the school if it’s absolutely necessary. Schools will be organising ways to meet with parents and carers remotely if they need to.


For more information about the staged return to on-site schooling, click here. Translations are available here in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese (simple and traditional), Dari, Dinka, Farsi, Hakha Chin, Hazaragi, Hindi, Karen, Khmer, Oromo, Punjabi, Samoan, Sinhalese, Somali, Swahili, Tamil, Tigrinya, Tongan, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese.

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