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Coronavirus information for parents

Current as of 10 August 2020 (9.00 am)

This page provides advice to parents and school communities about Catholic education’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

The first priority of Catholic schools is the health and safety of the students in their care.
 

Latest advice

The latest information on the restrictions issued by the Victorian Government is available from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website.

Term 3 arrangements

The Victorian Government has announced that, on the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, regional and rural Victoria will move to Stage 3 restrictions and metropolitan Melbourne will move to Stage 4 restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

For schools, this means:

  • All Year 11 and 12 provision for both Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) will move to remote and flexible learning.
  • Prep to Year 10 students will continue with remote and flexible learning in metropolitan Melbourne and these students in rural and regional areas will commence remote and flexible learning.
  • Any child enrolled in a specialist school in rural and regional Victoria will be able to continue to attend.

Schools remain safe places for staff and students. However, these steps have been identified as critical measures to reduce the movement of students and families across the state.

Temperature checks

Based on guidance from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, in order to support community awareness of the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) and to help identify children displaying symptoms, all schools located in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will commence temperature screening of students while the stay at home restrictions are in place.

It is important that we all continue to monitor our own and the health of our children daily during this time. If you or your child develops any symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath:

  • Stay at home and do not attend school
  • Seek medical advice (call ahead to alert your doctor about the confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) at the school and any symptoms before visiting, and take this letter along)
  • Call the school to let them know.

If you or your child has a health condition or complex health needs, please discuss this with your medical specialist.

Face covering

In line with advice from the Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has announced that the wearing of face coverings when leaving the home will be mandatory state-wide from 11.59 pm on Sunday 2 August 2020.

Face coverings will be mandatory for people aged 12 and over. These measures will slow the spread of COVID-19 and help protect the community.

In schools, this means that school-based staff and secondary school students will be required to wear a face covering.

The Victorian Chief Health Officer has advised that any face covering will be acceptable – it does not need to be a surgical mask.

Secondary students who are attending an onsite supervision program will need to wear a face covering, including when travelling to and from school. Students who attend primary school for onsite supervision, including those aged 12 by Year 6, are not required to wear a face covering.

The DHHS website has advice about face coverings, including:

  • which different types can be used
  • how to make your own
  • how to safely wear one
  • how to safely remove it.

Reporting of student achievement and progress

The CECV has worked with the other sectors in Victoria to develop a consistent approach to the reporting of student achievement and progress.

Please contact your child’s school for more information on how they will report student achievement and progress.

VCE exam dates

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority has announced that the dates for 2020 VCE external assessments have been revised.

The General Achievement Test (GAT) will be held on Wednesday 7 October 2020.

VCE written examinations are scheduled from Monday 9 November to Wednesday 2 December 2020.

VCE update

The Victorian Premier and Minister for Education have announced the following changes to VCE studies in 2020.

VCE students will still receive an ATAR, but there will be a number of adjustments to the academic timetable for VCE and VCAL students:

  • school-based assessment tasks will be reduced where possible to relieve some pressure on students during the remote and flexible learning arrangements
  • universities will be asked to delay the start of the 2021 university year to account for the impact of coronavirus on senior secondary 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.

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) is also examining a compressed end-of-year exam schedule – including slightly shortening each exam – in recognition of the disruption caused by the pandemic.

A small number of students undertaking VET may have the award of their VCE or VCAL delayed until the beginning of 2021, so that they can complete mandatory practical or workplace learning requirements – ensuring they are not disadvantaged by the lack of hands-on practice.

Resources

General information about coronavirus, including advice on cleaning and hygiene: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Information for the education sector about coronavirus: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/information-education-sector-coronavirus-disease-covid-19

Translated information about coronavirus: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/translated-resources-coronavirus-disease-covid-19