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The Education Department has made the following announcement for parents of Year 6 children:

"Due to remote and flexible learning arrangements currently in place, government primary schools may be unable to distribute the 2020 parent/carer pack to every year 6 family in hard copy from the start of Term 2 2020.  Therefore, adjustments to the statewide year 6 to 7 timeline have been made. These changes give parents and carers an increased timeframe to return the application form."

The revised due date for the Year 7 application form is Friday 29 May.

See the Department's "Moving from primary to secondary school" web page for more information.

According to an article in today's Herald-Sun, some schools are asking parents if they can hire babysitters to supervise children during remote learning, after rejecting their applications for campus access.

The article says that "parents have received contradictory messages on whether children could attend, with some students denied access."

PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy is quoted in the article. Gail said it was tough even before COVID-19 for a lot of families. “Imagine what it would be like now for families who have lost everything,” she said

The article is behind a paywall, but you can read it if you have a Herald-Sun subscription. 

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Parents Victoria and Gender Equity Victoria are calling for Victorian parents to be supported with a one-off home school allowance to offset the additional costs associated with educating kids in isolation during Term 2.

‘’This week, families across Victoria are supporting a transformative educational experience – the launching of statewide digital classrooms. We know that women are likely to shoulder the major burden of providing the care, educational support and supervision necessary to making learning from home a success” said Tanja Kovac, CEO of Gender Equity Victoria, ‘The medical, social and economic disaster of Covid19 is impacting on women in ways that exacerbate gender inequities.”

The Herald-Sun published a wide-ranging article today about the Term 2 return to school and remote learning arrangements.

The article includes a comment from PV's Gail McHardy, as follows:

Parents Victoria executive officer Gail McHardy said it had been a “mixed bag” of a day but said she knew families would “rise to the occasion”.

“It’s going to take people a few days to settle in and there’s going to be good days and bad days,” she said.

Read the full article on the Herald-Sun website. 



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