Coronavirus information for parents

This page provides advice to parents and school communities about Catholic education’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Current as of 2 July 2020 (9.00 am)

The first priority of Catholic schools is the health and safety of the students in their care.

Latest advice

The latest information on the restrictions issued by the Victorian Government is available from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website.

Term 2 arrangements

Following advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the CECV can announce that students, teachers and support staff can return to face-to-face teaching.

The staged return of students to onsite learning has been completed as of Tuesday 9 June. All students are expected to attend school as normal.

Staggered start and finish times

To minimise the risk of people congregating at school entry and exit points, your school may stagger start and finish times.

It remains important that physical distancing for adults and strict hygiene measures continue to be observed.

Reporting of student achievement and progress

The CECV has worked with the other sectors in Victoria to develop a consistent approach to the reporting of student achievement and progress.

Please contact your child’s school for more information on how they will report student achievement and progress.

VCE exam dates

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority has announced that the dates for 2020 VCE external assessments have been revised.

The General Achievement Test (GAT) will be held on Wednesday 9 September 2020.

VCE written examinations are scheduled from Monday 9 November to Wednesday 2 December 2020.

VCE update

The Victorian Premier and Minister for Education have announced the following changes to VCE studies in 2020.

VCE students will still receive an ATAR, but there will be a number of adjustments to the academic timetable for VCE and VCAL students:

  • school-based assessment tasks will be reduced where possible to relieve some pressure on students during the remote and flexible learning arrangements
  • universities will be asked to delay the start of the 2021 university year to account for the impact of coronavirus on senior secondary students.

VCE study scores will continue to be a combination of school-based assessment and external exams.

VCAL students will have more time to complete their courses and this will be consistent with the revised dates for the VCE.

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) is also examining a compressed end-of-year exam schedule – including slightly shortening each exam – in recognition of the disruption caused by the pandemic.

A small number of students undertaking VET may have the award of their VCE or VCAL delayed until the beginning of 2021, so that they can complete mandatory practical or workplace learning requirements – ensuring they are not disadvantaged by the lack of hands-on practice.

Closures

School closures will be made on the recommendation of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer. If this occurs, the Department of Health and Human Services will inform the CECV, then work with the school to implement the closure.

Resources

General information about coronavirus, including advice on cleaning and hygiene: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Information for the education sector about coronavirus: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/information-education-sector-coronavirus-disease-covid-19

Translated information about coronavirus: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/translated-resources-coronavirus-disease-covid-19