Returning students face first test at the school gate

The government says daily temperature checks will help stop unwell students from spreading the coronavirus (Bigstock)

All Melbourne students who return to school next term will have their temperature tested each morning, and those who record a high temperature will be sent home and asked to get a COVID-19 test. Source: The Age.

The state government will distribute more than 14,000 thermometers to government, Catholic and independent schools in greater Melbourne and Mitchell Shire and in schools that are near the lockdown zones.

Early learning centres will also be given thermometers if they need them. If any student records a temperature of 37.5 degrees or higher, parents or carers will be contacted so the student can go home.

Families will then be encouraged to seek testing for coronavirus.

Students in years 11 and 12, and year 10 students studying VCE subjects, will return to face-to-face classes next week.

Students in other year levels have been given an extra week of school holidays while the government assesses whether or not to revert to remote learning in term three.

Some independent schools have already announced plans to forgo the extra holiday and start term three next week, returning to remote learning for students in years prep to 10.

Students whose parents and carers cannot work from home, and those attending local specialist schools will all return to school on Monday.

Schools outside of metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will open as normal next week.

Education Minister James Merlino said daily temperature checks will help make sure unwell students stay at home and do not risk spreading coronavirus.


All students to have temperature tested at start of each school day (By Adam Carey, The Age)

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