Children in Victoria will return to school with an incredibly complex list of Covid-19 regulations

Children in Victoria WILL go back to school soon but with incredibly complex list of rules and staggered days in the classroom – here are the dates to know

  • Victorian Year 12 students will return to school five days a week from October 6
  • In regional areas students from Prep to Year 2 and Year 12 students will return
  • Once 80 per cent of Victorian aged over 16 have received at least one vaccine
  • A return date for all other regional students will be decided by September 30 

By Australian Associated Press

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All Victorian students will return to face-to-face learning before the end of 2021.

Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday released Victoria’s roadmap out of lockdown, which includes a staggered reopening of schools in Melbourne to mitigate the risk of Covid-19 transmission.

The first group to return will be Year 12 students, who will be back five days a week from October 6 until their exams begin.

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews has revealed that all students will return to face-to-face learning by the end of the year (pictured, Bentleigh Secondary College students)

Those studying a Unit 3/4 subject, in their final year of VCAL or the international baccalaureate will also be able to return to onsite learning from that date.

In the regions, students from Prep to Year 2 and those in their final year will be back once 80 per cent of Victorians aged over 16 have received at least one vaccine dose, which is forecast to happen about September 26.

A return date for all other regional students will be decided by September 30, with health advice still to come.

Teachers travelling between Melbourne and regional Victoria will be required to get tested twice a week.

In regional Victoria students from Prep to Year 2 and those in Year 12 are able to return once the state reaches 80 per cent having received their first jab (pictured, a woman receives a Pfizer jab at the Royal Exhibition Building Vaccination Centre in Carlton)

In Melbourne, Prep students will be back to the classroom from October 18 on Monday to Wednesday, and Grades 1 and 2 students on Thursdays and Fridays.

Once 70 per cent of eligible Victorians aged over 16 are fully vaccinated, which is expected to happen by October 26, all other school years will be invited back into classrooms.

Years 3 and 4 will return on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with Years 5 and 6 on Thursdays and Fridays.

Year 7 and 11 students will return five days a week, while Years 8 and 9 will attend on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and Year 10 on Thursdays and Fridays.

Once 70 per cent of Victorians aged over 16 receive both jabs, students will be invited back into classrooms (pictured, a young Melbourne student in remote learning)

Out of school hours care will resume by October 26.

‘It will look different, but they will be back in the classroom,’ the premier told reporters on Sunday.

From November 5, when an estimated 80 per cent of eligible Victorians will be fully vaccinated, Mr Andrews said schools will return to ‘normal’, with all students back in class every day until the end of term four.

He said Education Minister James Merlino would be speaking in the coming days to provide further details on the plan, including how schools will be better ventilated before students return.

Victoria’s roadmap out of lockdown

When the state hits 70 per cent double vaccination on October 26: 

*No restrictions on leaving home and 9pm-5am curfew scrapped with the travel limit increased to 25km

*Masks will remain mandatory both indoors and outdoors 

*Year 12 students will return to the classroom from the first week of October

*Kindergarten to Year 2 will then return to school followed by all remaining years which are due to be back by the end of the month

*Early childcare to reopen for children of fully vaccinated parents

*General retail will reopen for outdoor service only with click and collect services to remain available

*Hair salons will reopen for the fully-vaccinated with a limit on five patrons

*Hospitality will reopen for seated and outdoor service only for fully-vaccinated patrons and a capacity limit of 50

*Fully-vaccinated groups can gather outdoors in groups of ten while unvaccinated groups will be capped at five

*Entertainment venues will be reopened for 50 fully vaccinated people for outdoor services only

*Groups of 50 fully vaccinated or 10 unvaccinated people will be able to attend outdoor weddings

Groups of 50 fully vaccinated or 20 unvaccinated people will be able to attend outdoor funerals 

When the state hits 80 per cent double vaccination on November 5:

*Ten people including dependents will be allowed inside homes with masks only to be required while indoors

*Pubs, restaurants and cafes can open for seated service only, with a cap of 150 fully vaccinated people inside and 500 outdoors

*Indoor dining will also be capped at 150 people while 30 people will be permitted to gather outside

*Gyms will reopen to the fully vaccinated with indoor community sport to be permitted for the minimum number required

*Victorians will still be asked to work from home if possible but will be allowed to travel to work if they are fully-vaccinated

*Hair salons, beauty and personal care services will be available to the double-jabbed and all retail stores can reopen

*Early childcare education will reopen with all students to return to school with additional safety measures in place

*Weddings, funerals and religious services will return for 150 double-dosed guests indoors and 500 outdoors

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