When can my kids go back to school?
Victorian government school students will begin a phased return to classrooms before the end of May, following advice from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer that it is safe for the community to do so.
From Tuesday 26 May, all Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students, specialist school students, as well as VCE and VCAL students will return to on-site learning at government schools. The next fortnight, and a pupil free day at all schools on 25 May, will give staff, schools and families time to prepare for the change.
Vulnerable students in years 3 to 10, and children in those years whose parents or carers cannot work from home, can continue to attend school on-site as needed during this period.
Students in the broader year 3 to 10 cohort will continue to learn remotely until Tuesday 9 June, to give the Government and the Chief Health Officer time to monitor and evaluate the effects that the return to school by other year levels has on the increased movement of people and transmission within the community.
Schools will be encouraged to implement a staggered drop-off system to reduce the number of adults congregating outside the school at any one time, as well as staggered break times to manage the number of students mixing across year levels. Schools will also implement social distancing measures for all adults.
Where can I find more information?
Specific advice for schools, teachers and principals, parent, carers and guardians, early childhood services, international students, TAFE and training providers and links to the Department's Emergency Response Plan.
If you have questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) or learning from home, call the Victorian Government's advice phone line for parents: 1800 338 663.
I’m struggling to assist my child/children learning at home. What help is available?
There are many online tips, tricks and support to help your child learning at home.
- Victorian Government - Department of Education Training
Learning from home information for parents - Find advice, tips and resources to help parents and carers support their child’s continuity of learning from home.
- ABC Education
Learning starts here! - Thousands of free curriculum-linked resources for school teachers and primary/secondary students.
- 14 Tips for Working from Home and Homeschooling
Homeschooling while working from home at the same time, even with children who are older and fairly independent, can be a challenge. There are as many ways to work and homeschool as there are different kinds of families.
- Glenn Irvine - Parent as Coach
Local life and business coach, Glen Irvine, is delivering “Parent as Coach” online workshops you assist you communicate with your children during home schooling.
How can I balance home schooling my kids and work?
- 10 tips for working from home with your kids
Nicole Roder is a freelance writer who works from home. She’s also a homeschooling mother who teaches 5th and 6th grade to her two oldest daughters. She writes that it is actually possible, albeit more frustrating, to do one’s job with the kids home from school.
How can I access the internet if I don’t have it?
Please contact your child’s school directly to see how you can get access to laptops and internet connections on offer.
- Victorian Government - Extra Devices And Internet Delivered For Remote Learning
26,000 internet access devices will be delivered to Victorian students thanks to an agreement between the Victorian Government and Telstra. Speak to your school for more information.
- The Smith Family - Digital Access: Internet and Devices for Learning at Home
The Smith Family's Digital Access approach is able to deliver devices, internet plans and tech support to their Learning for Life families. At this point, due to funding constraints we are only able to offer this program to their current Learning for Life families.
Can my child/children still go to school even though I’m not considered an “essential worker”?
Students who can’t learn at home are able to attend on-site at their school.
While Victorians are urged to stay at home, families can leave their homes to take their children to and from an early childhood service, or to and from school for students who are eligible to attend in Term 2 due to very limited circumstances. This advice will continue to be reviewed daily.
Council's Family Day Care, Kindergartens and Long Day Care
Council's Family Day Care, Kindergartens and Long Day Care centres are operating as normal. Please contact your service provider if you have any queries or concerns.