The Victorian Government has announced its roadmap for reopening Victoria. This includes a staged return to on-site learning in Term 4.

For information about the roadmap to reopening the state, visit: Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap to reopening

Operating guidelines

Health and safety measures

This guidance applies where schools have any onsite learning occurring.

  • Face masks in schools

    Everyone over the age of 12 must wear a face mask when they leave their home for one of four permitted reasons

  • Cleaning supplies and services

    Additional cleaning is being implemented at all schools. The extended and increased cleaning involves progressive cleaning throughout the day, with a focus on high-touch surfaces

  • School buses services

    In rural and regional Victoria, the School Bus Program will continue to operate as normal

  • Outside school hours care

    OSHC programs may continue to operate with risk mitigation measures in place

  • School boarding premises

    Advice for school boarding premises on managing the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission in their facilities

  • Pre-service teacher placements

    Supervised PST placements should go ahead as planned, within the operating guidelines circulated to schools

  • COVID-19 Safety Management Plan (COVID Safe Plan)

    Manage safety risks in schools in accordance with the minimum requirements for COVID Safe Plans, in conjunction with the School Operations Guide, endorsed by the Victorian Chief Health Officer

  • Communicate with your school community

    Template letters and translations in community languages for school leaders to send to parents and guardians

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) phone line

    Ask questions regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and education settings by calling 1800 338 663, 8 am to 6pm, 7 days a week (excluding public holidays). If you need an interpreter, call 131 450 first

Health advice for schools

Schools should consider a variety of strategies to support physical distancing and good hygiene practices to reduce the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission within the practical limitations of a school environment. The following actions are to be considered, adapted and implemented as necessary according to the education setting and the individual needs of the staff, students and the wider school community.

Student learning

  • Learning from home

    Advice for parents, students, schools, early childhood education and care about flexible learning

  • Changes to student learning

    Updates to NAPLAN, VCE and VET as well as subject-specific advice for classroom management of 'hands-on learning spaces'

  • Structured workplace learning and work experience

    Advice is available for schools to support students undertaking SWL or work experience in either metropolitan Melbourne or rural and regional Victoria

  • Training and work placements

    Permitted industries or workplaces can continue to operate within reduced capacity through the Stage 4 restrictions and Stage 3 restrictions