Most of Melbourne’s state school students will return to remote learning in term 3, with Catholic and independent schools expected to follow suit. Source: The Age.
With Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in stage three lockdown, the Victorian Government has chosen to revert to remote learning to minimise the movement of children and their parents throughout the community in those areas.
Students in year 11 and 12, and in specialist schools, will return to face-to-face learning today, as will year 10 students taking VCE and VCAL classes.
But other year levels – some 700,000 students – will return to remote learning for at least six weeks, following an extra week of school holidays this week.
Premier Daniel Andrews said there was no alternative but to resume online learning if the lockdown is to achieve its goal of suppressing transmission of the virus.
He said he expected that Catholic and independent schools would follow the same remote learning regime.
Early childhood education will remain open as normal. Schools outside of lockdown zones will also open as normal this week.
Any student with special needs who attends a mainstream school will be permitted to attend school, where they will learn remotely.
All teachers and school staff will attend schools this week, and from July 20 the default setting will be that staff will attend school.
The union for Catholic and independent school teachers argued teacher numbers on site should be minimised rather than expecting most teachers to work at school.
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