Students in regional Victoria return to virtual learning

By Alex Gretgrix

THERE was a sense of deja vu as students and staff made preparations to return to flexible and remote learning.

During a press conference on Sunday, August 2, Premier Daniel Andrews announced schools would join the rest of regional Victoria in moving back into stage three restrictions as of Wednesday, August 5.

St Mary's Primary School principal Brendan Atley said while it would be difficult for some, it was an important step to take.

“Staff are disappointed this is the case, but know they must lead with confidence and positivity" he said.

“I do have concerns for our students this time around, but we will be vigilant and open to supporting families best we can.”

He said after feedback from students and families, changes would be made to the remote learning system to ensure it ran as smoothly as possible.

Schools will still be open for vulnerable students and students whose parents are permitted workers.

Special schools are exempt from the changes.

It will be business as usual at Moama Anglican Grammar, after principal Carmel Spry confirmed the school would stay open at this stage.

“At this time we will be continuing to offer face-to-face learning for all students, including those living in Victoria,” Ms Spry said.

“We continue to follow the advice of the NSW Department of Education and the health authorities.

“We are hoping there will be no further changes, as our HSC students are approaching their trial exams in about eight days’ time.”

State Education Minister James Merlino said VCE and VCAL students in Victoria would not be left behind as they finished their last year of school.

“We want to keep some consistency and a level playing field for all students across year 11 and 12,” he said.

“Remote learning is hard on everyone, but we've been really conscious of the impact of every decision we are making.

“For year 12 students, this is a year like no other and we need to support then every step of the way.”

Mr Merlino said the General Achievment Test date would change to the start of term four, however end-of-year exams were still set to be complete by December 2.


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