Parents Voice in Government School Education

Return to school: PV media comment

(For the official ‘roadmap’ on return to the classroom, see the Victorian Coronavirus website.)

Geelong Advertiser, 28 September

The Geelong Advertiser published an article about uncertainty in regional areas about whether students will return to school in Term 4.

According to the article, “Geelong school students are in limbo and desperate to know if they will head back to the classroom next week. While the state government has revealed its plans to return students to metropolitan Melbourne classrooms, many regional families have been left in the dark.”

PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy is quoted in the article, as follows: “Parents Victoria executive officer Gail McHardy said the association was “hopeful” of students returning to the classroom.”

Here are Gail’s comments in full, as supplied to the Advertiser:

PV understands the Deputy Premier/Minister for Education and Mental Health, James Merlino was going to announce further details on the Term 4 return to school arrangements later this week (30 Sep) subject to health advice. 

PV is aware that DET are in the process of liaising with school leaders around supporting schools with ventilation improvements; supporting staff and students aged over 12 to get vaccinated and getting schools ready for general covid safe practices for students who will be permitted onsite per the road map. (sourced from here)

PV like everyone else is looking forward with hope and optimism in regard to getting students back to school. PV understands all future directions will be made on the basis of public health and epidemiological evidence, as it exists at the time the directions are made by the Chief Health Officer (CHO).

You can read the article on the Advertiser website (subscription only).

Herald-Sun, 30 September

This issue was also covered in the Herald-Sun.

According to the article, “Students in country Victoria will return to the classroom as early as next week – but there is ongoing uncertainty for children in Melbourne and some regional areas.”

Gail McHardy is also quoted in this article. She said: “PV is aware that DET is in the process of liaising with school leaders around supporting schools with ventilation improvements, supporting staff and students aged over 12 to get vaccinated and getting schools ready for general CovidSafe practices for students who will be permitted onsite.”

You can read the article on the Herald-Sun website (subscription only).

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