Schools No Longer Forced Into Complete Lockdown Amid Covid Cases

Dozens of VCE students test positive

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Just as final-year students are preparing to sit their exams, dozens have tested positive to Covid across the state according to AAP reports.

Education minister James Merlino has reported that out of the 8000 tests preceding Tuesday's General Achievement Test [GAT], 33 VCE students tested positive to coronavirus.

“The Department of Education is contacting these students and letting them know that they cannot sit the GAT and we’ll make arrangements for how they can sit their exams at a later stage, if indeed, they’re unable to sit any of their exams.”

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As expected, contact tracing is underway and the students will have their GATs reassigned to a later date.

Meanwhile, schools will be moving to a new isolation protocol.

Instead of the entire school plunging into lockdown, if a teacher or student tests positive the classroom will be identified as most at risk, but the entire school won't have to isolate.

Chief health officer Brett Sutton confirmed that the least amount of disruption to school remains the priority moving forward with vaccination status, mask-wearing and the length of exposure to a positive case as key considerations. 

It follows changes to isolation rules for supermarkets who have been forced to close their doors after struggling to fill rosters with staff and close contacts having to isolate for 14-days.


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4 October 2021

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