Victorian students permits extended to attend school in NSW

By Alex Gretgrix

STUDENTS outside the Victorian "border bubble" will be able to travel to NSW for school until their 14-day permits expire.

But what happens after that remains unclear.

In an email sent out to parents and families on Monday afternoon, Moama Anglican Grammar School principal Carmel Spry confirmed these students would be allowed to use their permits if they were obtained before August 7.

“Any student who held a valid day school visitor permit as at 12.01am on August 7 may continue to use that permit for 14 days, even if their permit would have ordinarily expired earlier,” she said.

“After those two weeks, the permits will no longer be valid or renewable.”

Parent and MAGS music teacher Marion Moncrieff said she was preparing to return to online learning if it came down to that.

“All the information changes so frequently, it can be hard to work out what comes next,” she said.

“I thought my permit was supposed to expire on Tuesday and then to find out it's being extended to August 21 was a lifesaver.

“We don't know what will happen after that, but I'm preparing to go back online.”

Mrs Moncrieff said she was worried how the rest of the year would look for her daughter Milly who is in Year 11.

“She herself has handled this year really well, but we don't know how exams will work for her,” Mrs Moncrieff said.

“I also don't know how to structure music exams for my students. It's all so up in the air at this stage.”

While it was a concern prior to the first lockdown, Mrs Moncrieff said distance learning had been successful.

“I did get a bit teary finding out we were going into lockdown, but I'm not concerned this time,” she said.

“I found it has actually helped some of my students.”

Ms Spry said although they were also in the dark about the extension, the school would contact the community as soon as it knew.

“The school is working on options for schooling for these students and we will provide further information as soon as it is available,” she said.

“Please bear with us as we plan the best possible alternatives for our students and navigate the almost daily changes.”

Mrs Moncrieff said she was thankful for the support from the school.

“The school has been so supportive and while it's been tough not knowing what will happen next, they really have helped us in any way they can,” she said.