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The Department of Education and Training has a COVID-19 hotline.

You can ask questions regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and schools by calling 1800 338 663,

The hotline is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm


 

We've featured the excellent resources from the Raising Children website here before. As parents deal with the second lockdown in Melbourne and prepare for remote learning in Term 3, this article might be particularly helpful.

The article is about looking after your family's wellbeing under physical distancing restrictions, by:

  • Making the most of family time
  • Using routines
  • Staying connected
  • Managing conflict.

 

Australian Government funded parenting website, raisingchildren.net.au, has launched a range of free resources for parents and professionals working with parents on child sexual safety.

The ten new articles are designed to help keep children safe by providing information on topics including how to talk to children and teens about sexual abuse, recognise signs of grooming, and access helplines and services.

 

Statement from Education MInister James Merlino, 12 July 2020

I know this is challenging news for everyone - students, teachers and families. Today we announced that, on the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, students in Prep to Year 10 at schools in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire will learn from home from Monday 20 July until at least 19 August.

Here's a great example of a school reaching out to its community in a positive and caring way. Staff at University High School have recorded a compilation video for students and families. The message they're giving is, "We're thinking of you, hope you're well, looking forward to seeing you again."

These thoughtful and positive messages are something we all need right now!

uhs vid


 

Education Minister James Merlino has announced daily temperature checks for school students in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.
More than 14,000 non-contact infrared thermometers will be given to government, independent and Catholic
schools in those areas. 

 


 

PV's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy was interviewed on ABC Radio's "PM" yesterday.

Gail talked about the importance of clear communication and engagement between schools and families, whether education is delivered on-site or remotely in Term 3. She emphasised that each family is different and there are no simple 'one-size-fits-all' answers.


 

Premier Dan Andrews announced new COVID-19 restrictions today (7 July). 

The Premier announced that VCE students will return to school next Monday as normal. Special schools will also open for on-site schooling as planned. 

Other students will have their holidays extended by 1 week, i.e. Monday 13 - Friday 17 July will be pupil-free days. Teachers will spend those days preparing for remote learning in Term 3. Supervised school holiday programs will be available for children of essential service workers.

At today's media conference, Mr Andrews undertook to announce Term 3 arrangements for other students by early next week. He said that a return to remote learning is a possibility, depending on advice from health experts.

We will publish details as they become available.

 


 

The Education Department advice on schools in 'lockdown' suburbs where Stage 3 restrictions have been re-imposed is that:

  • All schools in these postcodes will continue to operate as normal, except where there is a confirmed case of a student or staff member with coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Students and staff attending those schools but who live outside the postcode area will continue to be able to attend school. 
  • Similarly, students and staff who live in a designated postcode but who are enrolled or employed in a school outside that postcode will continue to be able to attend school.
 

 

The Department of Education and Training has released a series of reports on Victoria's jobs and training needs. There's one for Melbourne and five covering regional areas. The reports provide a detailed analysis of:

  • Job vacancies in various industry sectors
  • The relationship between training courses and employment in various industry sectors
  • Which vocational training courses are currently in demand
  • Which courses are meeting community and industry needs.

The reports are intended for training providers but will also be useful for people making training/career decisions.


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