SCHOOL communities across the Mildura electorate will be pleased to hear a pathway back to face-to-face learning has been unveiled.
Students at state schools in prep, Grade 1 and 2, and Year 11 and 12 will return to classrooms on Tuesday, May 26 with years 3-10 to return on Tuesday, June 9.
All special schools will reopen on May 26.
Member for Mildura Ali Cupper said the announcement by the Victorian Government would be welcomed. “I know parents have been particularly keen for a timeline on when students would be able to return to schools and this staggered approach gives them the clarity they need,” she said.
“Remote learning has not been easy on parents who have been trying to juggle many responsibilities, including working from home, during this pandemic.
“This announcement by the government puts Victoria in line with other states who have announced, or indeed started, their staggered approaches to opening schools.”
Ms Cupper wanted to highlight the incredible job principals, teachers and other support staff had done to ensure students were not left behind.
“Teachers love being in classrooms, so it hasn’t been an easy time for them either and everyone in entire school communities deserve praise for the way they’ve handled this unprecedented time,” she said. “It will be important for parents to understand their responsibilities around pick-ups and drop-offs by maintaining social distancing and hygiene measures,” she said.
“The biggest concern has always been around having so many people – up to a million students, teachers, parents, carers and other staff – all moving around the community and the heightened risk that could play in spreading COVID-19.”