The requirements for VCE students who are isolated after they have been identified as the main close contacts of persons infected with COVID-19 have also changed. They will still be able to take exams “under the supervision of personnel wearing protective masks and medical grade PPE.”
Students with close contact will sit separately or at a safe distance from others in separate, well-ventilated rooms that will be thoroughly cleaned after use.
Ms Parker, VCE English teacher, said she is committed to doing whatever she can to help her students pass their exams.
“PPE sounds very cool, but I would rather do it than the children will not come and take exams,” she said.
Acting President of the Australian Federation of Directors, Tina King, said schools have supported the new mandate for PPE but are still struggling to address practical issues.
“We want our VCE kids to take exams, so it’s commendable that these amendments were made, but now it’s about how they are unpacked and implemented locally to have a dedicated room and provide the correct PPE for inspectors, cleaning, disinfection; it’s just another thing for schools, ”she said.
“This is a very difficult and difficult time. The goalposts keep moving and we try to get ahead of them.
“This is about our children and we want the best for them.”
Any student who fails the exams will be given a derived score based on school grades and the General Achievement Test.
Fully vaccinated students who come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 will now be required to isolate for seven days, while partially vaccinated and unvaccinated students will be isolated for 14 days.
More than 80 percent of teens ages 17 and 18 have received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, with 75 percent due to be fully vaccinated by the time of the VCE written English exam on October 27.
COVID-19 Response Commander Jeroen Weimar said 49 schools have been impacted by the coronavirus in the past 10 days. Most of these schools have reopened and the authorities are working with positive cases to ensure their isolation.
The state government on Thursday also announced a new mental health school menu to help schools choose programs to address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and distance learning on children’s mental health.
The $ 200 million fund will start in Victoria’s public schools from mid-2022, and the government wanted it to be rolled out to all public schools by 2024.
The selection includes evidence-based programs and initiatives, including positive mental health advocacy, early intervention initiatives, and therapy dogs in schools.
Chelsea Spence, who attended the state government press conference on COVID-19 on Thursday with therapy dog Jush, of Canine Computing, said the dogs have already helped many students return to classroom environments and resume training.