Catholic sector welcomes reopening of schools

All school students in Melbourne now have a set date to return to face-to-face learning (Bigstock)

Catholic Education Melbourne has welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement that year 7 students in Melbourne can return to the classroom from next week, followed by years 8 to 10 on October 26.

As previously announced, years 11 and 12 return to school this week for essential assessments and the General Achievement Test (GAT) tomorrow, ahead of a full return to onsite classes next week. Prep to year 6 students also return to onsite learning from next week.

Executive Director Jim Miles says the clear timeline for the return of all students to onsite learning provides much-needed certainty for families and will deliver significant benefits for students.

“Our survey of remote learning told us that many students have struggled with not being able to engage with their teachers as they normally would, and have greatly missed the social interaction with friends and classmates,” Mr Miles said.

“Schools have also reported that the prolonged absence has understandably impacted the morale and wellbeing of both students and parents.

“The planned return of all students over coming weeks now allows them to look forward with excitement to reuniting with friends and teachers.

“Our teachers have been doing a tremendous job maintaining learning continuity and caring for the wellbeing of their students in the remote setting. They are also looking forward to schools returning to being vibrant and flourishing Catholic learning communities.”

Mr Miles said Catholic schools will continue to operate within the recommended safety guidelines, including around social distancing, hygiene practices and restricted access to school sites.

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Certainty for all students and families welcomed (Catholic Education Melbourne) 

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