Senior students welcome back in border bubble and on campus for VCE assessments

By Alex Gretgrix

SENIOR students were handed a few wins last week as rules around the border bubble and stage three restrictions in Victoria changed.

NSW Health confirmed the news on Friday, saying NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard signed an exemption for not only students, but some families and carers.

“Parents and carers of Year 11 and Year 12 students will also be permitted to cross the border when they are transporting their children to school,” a spokesperson said.

“Students and staff eligible for this exemption should carry a copy of the exemption
with them at all times, along with documentation from their school that certifies that
they are currently enrolled in or teach Year 11 or 12.”

While this is good news for senior students, all other students will remain at home.

On the other side of the Murray, VCE and VCAL students will be able to return to their classrooms to undertake important assessments.

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) advised schools that students could undertake School-Assessed Coursework (SAC) and tasks at school, should students need to access school sites for essential assessments as appropriate.

The changes were made after many were concerned students would struggle through exams and SACs.

“We know this has been a challenging time for schools, students and their families, and that is why we have consistently provided advice to support schools with implementing school-based assessments during flexible and remote learning,” a Department of Education and Training spokesperson said.

“Schools will advise students about the assessments for which they are required to attend on-site.”

The DET also said schools would have to continue to adhere to social distancing and other safety measures while conducting the assessments.

Schools and non-school secondary providers can also delay essential assessments where it is not possible to access the school site during school closures.