Back to (home) school

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By Melissa Meehan

As thousands of Victorians return to remote learning today instead of going to school, Premier Daniel Andrews has sent them a message.

“I’m proud of you!”

Mr Andrews posted his message of support on social media on Wednesday morning as students prepared to start their school day, albeit from home.

“I know this isn’t how you expected your school year to turn out,” he said.

“But the way you’ve adapted to change and rolled with the challenges is nothing short of remarkable.

“To all our students – from our very youngest, to those in their final year: I’m so proud of you. Keep working hard. You’ve got this.”

All Year 11 and 12 moved to remote and flexible learning as Metro Melbourne moved to Stage Four restrictions.

Prep to Year 10 students were already remote and flexible learning in metropolitan Melbourne and students in regional areas also started remote and flexible learning on Wednesday.

Any child enrolled in a specialist school in rural and regional Victoria will be able to continue to attend.

Earlier this week, Education Minister James Merlino said it was a tough decision, but it was about stopping around 1 million students, their families and teachers from moving around the state.

“For VCE students my message is clear,” he said.

“You will sit your exams and you will receive an ATAR by the end of the year. I know it is challenging but we will support you every step of the way.

“2020 is turning out to be a year that none us could even imagine. But if we all stick together we will get through this.”

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