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Parents Victoria and Gender Equity Victoria are calling for Victorian parents to be supported with a one-off home school allowance to offset the additional costs associated with educating kids in isolation during Term 2.

‘’This week, families across Victoria are supporting a transformative educational experience – the launching of statewide digital classrooms. We know that women are likely to shoulder the major burden of providing the care, educational support and supervision necessary to making learning from home a success” said Tanja Kovac, CEO of Gender Equity Victoria, ‘The medical, social and economic disaster of Covid19 is impacting on women in ways that exacerbate gender inequities.”

The Herald-Sun published a wide-ranging article today about the Term 2 return to school and remote learning arrangements.

The article includes a comment from PV's Gail McHardy, as follows:

Parents Victoria executive officer Gail McHardy said it had been a “mixed bag” of a day but said she knew families would “rise to the occasion”.

“It’s going to take people a few days to settle in and there’s going to be good days and bad days,” she said.

Read the full article on the Herald-Sun website. 


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In this Facebook video, Education Minister James Merlino explains the Term 2 remote learning arrangements in Victorian schools.


The Age reported today, "This year's crop of year 12 students, already hit hard by school shutdowns due to the coronavirus, could be further disadvantaged if the school year is not extended, an education expert says.'

The article goes on to quote Parents Victoria Executive Officer Gail McHardy:

Gail McHardy, executive officer of Parents Victoria, said there was just as much anxiety among parents as students. She said those who were not confident about their ability to support their children's studies at home should speak out.

"Parents might not have a level of education to support their children - there is no shame in sharing that with their school community to get some suggestions,” Ms McHardy said.

 Read the fuil article in the Age


Education Minister James Merlino has announced that all Victorian government primary, secondary and special schools will move to remote and flexible learning and teaching in Term 2.

In a media release today, Minister Merlino and Premier Dan Andrews announced that:

  • Most Victorian students will be educated from home when Term 2 starts next week to ensure the physical distancing will help slow the spread of coronavirus, with free internet access and laptops for those students who need it most.
  • On-site learning will only be available for children whose parents can’t work from home and vulnerable students without access to a suitable learning environment at home. Under limited conditions, on-site learning may also be available for VCE and VCAL students.
  • VCE students will still receive an ATAR score, but there will be a number of changes to the academic timetable for VCE and VCAL students.
  • VCE study scores will continue to be a combination of school-based assessment and external exams. VCAL students will have more time to complete their courses and this will be consistent with the revised dates for the VCE.

See full details in the Minister's media release

 Media reporting


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You'll find information about learning from home, wellbeing and where to go for reliable updates on the situation.

We will continue to add new resources as they become available.

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The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) has updated its advice for VCE and VCAL students. 

The most recent update (24 March) update covers School-Assessed Coursework (SACs) and School-Assessed Tasks (SATs)

See the VCAA website for updates.

The Education Department has advised schools that they have a responsibility to provide care and supervision programs for certain groups of students for the rest of this week.

Those groups are:

  • Primary school students and all students in specialist schools who are the children (or under the care) of essential services workers. Examples of essential services may include health, police, corrections and emergency services workers.
  • Primary and secondary school students who are vulnerable, including children in out-of-home care, children deemed by Child Protection and/or Family Services to be at risk of harm or children identified by the school as vulnerable, including via referral from outside agencies

The Department has also advised schools to ask parents who are essential service workers if they require holiday program places for their children over the Term 1 holidays due to the State of Emergency, and to work with vulnerable children and their families/carers to establish if they will require a care and supervision program over the Term 1 holiday.

If you are a parent/carer of a student in one of those groups and you haven't been advised of care and supervision arrangements, contact your school. 

If you're not able to get the information you need from the school, contact the Education Department or Parents Victoria.


See article in the Herald-Sun with comment from PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy.

Today (23 March) is now the last day of Term 1. School holidays will start tomorrow. DET advises that school staff will use the next four days for planning and preparation for the likely transition to flexible and remote learning.

Speaking to The Age, PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy said school communities would need to ‘‘rise to the occasion and support each other’’.

See the official notification to schools from DET.

Read the article from The Age with PV comments.

Two important updates have been released recently that parents might find useful:

  • Statement from the Victorian Chief Health Officer (19 March) about why the decision has been made to keep schools open.
  • Memo to schools (20 March) from Dr David Howes,Deputy Secretary, Schools and Regional Services. The memo covers attendance and social distancing at school. (The memo refers to an ‘earlier email’, which contained the communication from the Chief Health Officer mentioned above.)

Check the DET website for the latest updates


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