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Coronavirus information for parents

Current as of 26 May 2020 (12.00 pm)

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 2 arrangements

Following advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the CECV can announce that students, teachers and support staff can return to face-to-face teaching.

While this has been a challenging and difficult time, it has also provided us with the opportunity to learn new ways of working with our students, our families, our teachers and our communities.

Schools will commence a staged return from remote and flexible learning from Tuesday 26 May 2020.

To support all school staff to prepare for the transition, Monday 25 May will be a student-free day. This is important to enable the planning necessary to ensure the successful transition back to school can be completed.

The return to school will take place in two stages. This will give the Chief Health Officer and the Victorian Government time to monitor and evaluate the effects that the staged return to school has on the increased movement of people and transmission within the community.

Stage 1: 25 May – 5 June
In the first stage, students in Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2, senior secondary students (Years 11 and 12 Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)) and all students enrolled in specialist schools will return to school from Tuesday 26 May.

Year 10 students undertaking VCE studies, including VCE Vocational Education and Training (VET) studies, should also attend school for those classes where practicable. Where this is not possible, schools should ensure the work provided to students attending at school is provided to those who continue to learn from home.

Remote and flexible learning will continue for all students in Grades 3 to 6 and Years 7 to 10 until Tuesday 9 June.

During Stage 1, the existing model of onsite schooling for students who cannot be supervised at home and vulnerable children will remain in place.

Stage 2: from 9 June
All other year levels will return to school from Tuesday 9 June. All students will be expected to attend school as normal.

Staggered start and finish times

To minimise the risk of people congregating at school entry and exit points, your school may stagger start and finish times.

Even as we return to school, it remains important that physical distancing for adults and strict hygiene measures continue to be observed.

Parents must only enter the school grounds when essential. If they do have to be onsite, they must minimise their time and practise physical distancing.

As parents, you have a critical role in helping the school manage this situation:

  • Exercise good judgment by keeping children home if they are feeling unwell for any reason.
  • Talk to children about the situation, as they may be feeling anxious or stressed. You have a key role in helping students feel prepared and safe.
  • Encourage children to be proactive and committed to their schoolwork, and to stay connected with the school and their teachers.

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 9 September 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.

Closures

School closures will be made on the recommendation of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer. If this occurs, the Department of Health and Human Services will inform the CECV, then work with the school to implement the closure.

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