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The Education Department has comprehensive information on its website for families affected by the recent bushfires.

For parents and carers

The parents and carers page has information on:

  • Parent hotline
  • School and kinder closures
  • School buses
  • Help with school costs
  • Supporting your child
  • Donations to affected schools
  • And more...

Go to the parents and carers page

For schools

The schools page has extensive information for bushfire-affected schools. 

Of particular interest to parents will be the section about "Funding to Help Schools and Families".
It includes information on support that's available to help get kids back to school after the bushfires. The section lists the 15 Local Government Areas where support is available through State Schools' Relief. 

 

Commbank has launched a program of Bushfire Recovery Grants to help support local communities and replace facilities lost in the fires.  

Any school or Parent Club in a bushfire-affected area is eligible to apply.

Commbank is especially keen for schools to apply, as they know that a lot of the damage caused by fires has been to items which the community has spent significant time fundraising and building.

 

PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy is quoted in this article from yesterday's Age. The article, titled "Parents count the cost as classrooms dump textbooks for MacBooks", covers the issue of costs to parents as schools increasingly require them purchase digital devices for their children's education. From the article:

Gail McHardy, Parents Victoria's executive officer, said the cost varied significantly between schools and that school councils had to remain mindful of what families could afford.

Many families, particularly in regional and rural Victoria, struggled to cover the cost of a device or multiple devices for their children.

“Most secondary schools now expect all students to purchase a laptop,” Ms McHardy said.

“These laptops generally only last a couple of years before they start to slow or not even work and therefore there’s a requirement to purchase another in a couple of years.”

Ms McHardy criticised schools that lock parents into buying from one supplier, potentially denying them an opportunity to get a cheaper device elsewhere.

Read the full article

 

PV Exec Officer Gail McHardy is quoted in this article from yesteray's Age.

According to the article, "... school shoes are far and away the most Googled topic for families with children going back to school."

Gail's comment: "School shoes can range in price from $15 to $140. For families with more than one child to kit out for the school year this can be expensive."

The article has lots of useful information for parents about choosing school shoes.

What the article doesn't mention is that you can buy school shoes from State Schools Relief. You can purchase online or at 17 retail outlets across Victoria.

 

The Department of Education and Training is updating its coronavirus advice frequently.

Check the latest on the DET website

Other useful information for parents

  • Health Information & Resources - DHHS website
  • Impact on VCE students  - VCAA website 
  • School Sports - School Sport Victoria website
  • Learning from Home - A learning portal is on the way.
    If you are self-isolating you can use the
    Fuse website.
  •  International Travel and School Excursions - Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has issued advice that overseas school excursions should cease, except to New Zealand and Canada.Based on this advice, any overseas school excursions should not proceed until further notice, except to New Zealand and Canada.

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