Victoria students will return to classrooms in late May

May 12, 2020

By SBS en Español

Victoria students will return to classrooms starting May 26, as part of the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions by the state government.

Students in years 1 and 2, as well as students in years 11 and 12 will be the first to return to the classroom.

 "This is a phased approach, a phased approach, both in terms of public health - to limit the number of people moving through the Victorian community," said Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews.

Highlights

  • Students in years 1 and 2, as well as those in years 11 and 12 will be the first to return to the classrooms from May 25.
  • Beginning June 9, juniors and seniors will join their peers on the public school campus.
  • Starting at midnight, Victoria relaxes the measures of social restriction.

 Since the start of the second quarter, schools have only been open to vulnerable students and children of essential workers as part of government measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Only around 3% of students have attended face-to-face classes.

Beginning June 9, juniors will join their peers on the public school campus,

"I know the past four weeks have been very, very difficult," Andrews told reporters in Melbourne.

"I have three students in my house, they are all learning at home, including our oldest son who is doing the year 12. I know and understand that this has not been easy," said Andrews when speaking from his personal experience.

While the children return to classes, authorities have prohibited parents and caregivers from mixing during the drop-off and pick-up of students.

Recesses and lunches will be staggered and teachers and staff will be distanced socially.

Children will only have to drink from their own water bottles, not from fountains. 

Relaxation of social restrictions in Victoria

Andrews described Monday that the easing of the restrictions will be done "safely, cautiously and appropriately," referring to the new measures in place from 11:59 p.m. Tuesday through May 31.

These include allowing Victorians to welcome up to five visitors to their homes and meet outdoors in groups of 10.

"They should be family and friends, after all they are the people who matter most to us and that's where it hurts (not being able to meet them)," Andrews said then.

But this is not an open invitation to host dinners every night, he warned.

"This is far from over. This is an opportunity to take a safe, cautious and appropriate first step," said Andrews.

Outdoor meetings of 10 people will also be allowed as long as social distancing is observed.

More group sports activities

Golfing, hiking, fishing, and hiking are among the outdoor activities allowed in Victoria.

Professional sports teams, including the AFL and the rugby league, will be able to train again from just before midnight on Tuesday.

"The resumption of training paves the way for Footy to return," he said. 

Victorians should continue to work from home whenever possible.

A maximum of ten guests per wedding are also allowed, while indoor funerals can host up to 20 people plus those necessary to carry out the service.

The state recorded seven other cases of coronavirus on Monday, bringing Victoria's total to 1,494.

One of the latest cases is related to an outbreak at Cedar Meats in west Melbourne, bringing the total number of cases related to the slaughterhouse to 77.

Four of the last cases were travelers who returned to the country, while two other cases are under investigation.

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