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Coronavirus information for parents

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This page provides advice to parents and school communities about Catholic education’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

The first priority of Catholic schools is the health and safety of the students in their care.

Latest advice

The latest information on the restrictions issued by the Victorian Government is available from the website.

Face masks in schools

In line with advice from the Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has announced that the wearing of face masks indoors is no longer required in school settings. However, the wearing of masks is recommenced when physical distancing of 1.5m cannot be maintained.

Face masks are mandatory for people aged 12 and over when on public transport and school buses. These measures will slow the spread of COVID-19 and help protect the community.

Individuals aged 12 and over must also carry a face mask at all times.

Reporting of student achievement and progress

The CECV has worked with the other sectors in Victoria to develop a consistent approach to the reporting of student achievement and progress.

Please contact your child’s school for more information on how they will report student achievement and progress.

VCE update

The Victorian Premier and Minister for Education have announced the following changes to VCE studies in 2020.

VCE students will still receive an ATAR, but there will be a number of adjustments to the academic timetable for VCE and VCAL students:

  • school-based assessment tasks will be reduced where possible to relieve some pressure on students during the remote and flexible learning arrangements
  • universities will be asked to delay the start of the 2021 university year to account for the impact of coronavirus on senior secondary students.

VCE study scores will continue to be a combination of school-based assessment and external exams.

VCAL students will have more time to complete their courses and this will be consistent with the revised dates for the VCE.

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) is also examining a compressed end-of-year exam schedule – including slightly shortening each exam – in recognition of the disruption caused by the pandemic.

A small number of students undertaking VET may have the award of their VCE or VCAL delayed until the beginning of 2021, so that they can complete mandatory practical or workplace learning requirements – ensuring they are not disadvantaged by the lack of hands-on practice.


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