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A message from Hon. James Merlino, Minister for Education, 2 August 2020:

Today we made the significant decision to go to Stage 4 restrictions in Melbourne and Stage 3 in regional Victoria. It’s a tough call but one that had to be made.

Based on the advice of Victorian and national health experts, we need to go further in our efforts to drive the Coronavirus numbers down.

So what does this mean for schools and early childhood?

On Monday, students and staff will continue as they have been.

Tuesday will be a pupil free day for schools.

From Wednesday in metropolitan Melbourne all students in p-12 will learn remotely. On-site supervision will be available for students of permitted workers, vulnerable students, and in some cases, students with disabilities.

From Thursday early childhood services in Melbourne will also only be open to families of defined workplaces where the child needs care and to vulnerable children.

In regional Victoria all students will learn remotely although our specialist schools will remain open for students. On-site supervision will be available for all students of permitted workers, vulnerable students and any student with a disability.

Early childhood services will also remain open as normal in regional Victoria.

I know this is challenging for everyone but it something we simply have to do. We have no choice if we want to slow the spread of the virus.

This is all about stopping around 1 million students, their families and teachers from moving around the state.

For VCE students my message is clear. You will sit your exams and you will receive an ATAR by the end of the year. I know it is challenging but we will support you every step of the way.

2020 is turning out to be a year that none us could even imagine.

But if we all stick together we will get through this.

Thank you to our amazing principals, teachers, and school and early childhood staff who continue to do an outstanding job in circumstances that are extremely difficult. I could not be prouder of the work you do.



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