Term 4 arrangements in schools

Victoria's reopening roadmap outlines changes for Victorian students as on-site, face-to-face schooling resumes. This will happen in stages, with different approaches for schools in metropolitan Melbourne and schools in rural and regional Victoria.


During the first week of Term 4, Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) students can only attend on site for essential assessments, including the General Achievement Test (GAT) on Wednesday 7 October.

The following changes remain subject to the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer.

Metropolitan Melbourne

5–9 October (first week of Term 4)

Remote and flexible learning continues for all students.

On-site supervision for children of permitted workers and vulnerable students continues in line with existing guidelines.

From 12 October

The following students will return to on-site learning:

  • Prep to Grade 2
  • Year 11 and 12 and Year 10 students enrolled in a VCE or VCAL program
  • students in specialist schools. Schools can offer learning materials for students who continue to learn from home.

Continued remote and flexible learning

All students from Grade 3 to Year 10 will continue with remote and flexible learning. A date for the return of these year levels to on-site learning will be subject to further health advice, but will occur as soon as they are safely able to do so.

Rural and regional Victoria

5–9 October (first week of Term 4)

From Monday 5 October, students enrolled in Prep to Grade 6 in standalone primary schools will return to on-site learning.

From Thursday 8 October, students enrolled in Prep to Grade 6 in P-12 schools will return to on-site learning.

Schools can stagger the return of year levels, depending on local circumstances.

From 12 October

All school students, including Years 7 to 10 and VCE and VCAL students will return to on-site learning. Schools can stagger the return of different year levels as appropriate during this week.

Outside school hours care for students attending on-site

Outside school hours care will be available to students attending for on-site supervision and progressively for the relevant year levels returning to on-site learning.

Vacation care may operate during the school holidays but only for students who are eligible for on-site supervision at school in Term 3.

Travel between metropolitan Melbourne and rural and regional Victoria

Students and staff who live in metropolitan Melbourne and are enrolled in or work in a school in regional Victoria can attend on-site consistent with the arrangements above.

Students and staff who live in regional Victoria and are enrolled in or work in a school in metropolitan Melbourne will continue with remote learning arrangements under the First Step currently applicable to metropolitan Melbourne.