Victorian government to allow Grade 6 students to return to school

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Dan Andrews has just advised that as part of the Victorian lockdown from September 28, if the daily average of new cases remains between 30 and 50, the roadmap released by the Government states that for metropolitan Melbourne there would be a staged return to classroom learning for prep, grade 1 and 2, VCE and VCAL and specialist schools for term four.

From October 26, if the daily average of new cases is fewer than five and there are fewer than five cases with an unknown source in the preceding fortnight, then Grade 3 to 10 may start to return to classroom learning, subject to health advice.

Our Grade 6 children have already lost the majority of their final year of primary school and now potentially could miss the rest. This is a year they will NEVER get back. Grade 1 & 2 students have a lot of time to catch up, our Grade 6s will not,  Also Grade 6s are more likely to be able to abide by social distancing, more so than Grade 1 or 2 students.

We ask that the Victorian government reconsider and allow our Grade 6 students to return along with the preps and VCE students to enable them to enjoy what is left of such a pivotal time of their lives; their final year of Primary School.