Return to on-site schooling
Schools have begun a staged return from remote and flexible learning.
Stage 1: 25 May – 5 June
To support school staff to prepare for the transition, Monday 25 May was a pupil-free day.
On Tuesday 26 May, the following students returned to on-site schooling:
- Grade 1
- Grade 2
- senior secondary students (Year 11 and 12)
- all students enrolled in specialist schools.
Remote and flexible learning will continue for the following students until Tuesday 9 June:
- grades 3 to 6
- years 7 to 10.
During this period, Year 10 students undertaking VCE studies, including Vocational Education and Training (VET) studies, should also attend school for those classes where possible. Where this is not possible, schools should make sure the work provided to students attending at school is provided to those who continue to learn from home.
During these two weeks, the existing model of on-site schooling for students who cannot be supervised at home and vulnerable children will stay in place.
Stage 2: from 9 June
Return to on-site schooling for all grades and year levels.
All students will be expected to attend school as normal.
How this applies to other educational institutions
English Language Schools and English Language Centres will follow the same staged return as mainstream schools.
The following will reopen for face-to-face teaching when operationally possible:
- Tech Schools
- Science and Maths Specialist Centres
- the Victorian School of Languages
- Saturday language classes
- Community Language Schools classes
- outdoor centres
- leadership schools.
Early childhood education and care services
On the recommendation of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, early childhood education and care services can continue to operate at this time. This means that you can continue to have your child attend their early childhood service, or you may choose to support your child to learn from home.
About learning from home in an early childhood and care service context
If you are at home, play and everyday activities provide excellent opportunities to support your child’s learning and development.
Play encourages children to explore, discover, negotiate, take risks, and problem-solve which supports the development of cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills. Talk to your early childhood service about how you can continue to support your child’s learning.
In addition to any resources and materials that your early childhood service may provide, the Department has resources about turning play and everyday activities into great learning opportunities. Explore
FUSE: Learning from home in an early childhood setting.
Raising Children Network also provides access to ideas for fun and easy activities to support children’s learning. The website includes videos and helpful tips for drawing, writing, storytelling, counting, and other activities that can be completed at home.
Learning from home in a school setting
When you start to think about helping your child to learn from home, remember that no one expects you to be a subject matter expert or teacher. The most important thing you can do is to continue to provide comfort, support and encouragement to your child.
You can help your child to learn from home by working with their school and supporting your child as they undertake the activities provided.
How the school will support your child
Your child’s school will:
- communicate with you and your child about teacher responsibilities and what you and your child need to do
- communicate with you and provide learning activities for your child to do at home
- use their normal communication tools such as their website, newsletters, emails and other online tools
- provide technical support with devices, as needed.
Access to computer devices and internet
Your child's school contacted parent/carer(s) in the first week of Term 2 to determine if children need access to the internet, or if they need to borrow a laptop or tablet. This includes children from disadvantaged and vulnerable backgrounds, and those who attend schools in bushfire-affected areas – these children will be given priority.
The Department has partnered with Telstra to provide 1000 4G dongle devices with 4G internet access, and 4000 SIM cards that provide 4G internet access, for families who do not have access to the internet at home. These will be free of charge, and will be provided for the next six months.
Devices will be distributed in the first two weeks of Term 2.
You do not need to understand how to use tablets or laptops. Most children have been using them at school and are familiar with how to use them.
If you need technical support for a loaned device or internet connectivity, contact 1800 080 082 (8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday).
If you do not have internet access at home, for example, if you live in an area without 4G reception, talk to your school about how your child may receive materials that do not require online access. These can be mailed to your child, or you could collect them. Completed tasks can be returned in the same way. The materials are aligned to the Victorian Curriculum F-10.
Your child's responsibilities during remote learning
You should change these responsibilities according to the age, stage and individual needs of your child.
Your child's responsibilities include:
- regularly monitor digital platforms for announcements and feedback from their teachers
- do their best work by completing tasks with integrity and academic honesty
- do their best to meet timelines and due dates
- communicate openly with their teachers and tell them if they have any concerns or issues
- collaborate and support their classmates
- continue to abide by their school’s behaviour guidelines.
Differences between learning from home and home schooling
Learning from home is different to home schooling (also known as home education).
Learning from home
Learning from home is a school-based remote and flexible learning model. Under this model of learning
schools continue to support your child with learning tasks and technology support (as needed). They’ll remain in contact with you and your child.
Students remain enrolled at their usual school. They not need to be registered for home schooling.
Home schooling means:
- the child is no longer enrolled at a school
- the child must be registered for home schooling with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA)
- a nominated parent or carer is responsible for setting the child’s educational program
- a nominated parent or carer is responsible for making sure the child receives regular and efficient instruction across eight key learning areas – including English, mathematics and science
- a nominated parent or carer is responsible for documenting how the registration requirements are met.
For more information about home schooling, visit:
Home schooling during coronavirus (COVID-19)
If you’re currently home schooling, answers to frequently asked questions are available on the VRQA website, at:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) home schooling FAQs.
If you decide home schooling is the right choice for your family, you must apply and register your child through a four-step registration process through the VRQA.
For more information, visit:
Registering for home education.
Guidance about home schooling from the Department and the VRQA may change. We encourage parents and principals to check websites for updates.
For more information: