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    Children will start returning to school in Victoria NEXT WEEK but will be forced to wear masks to stop the spread of coronavirus

    • Year 7 students will return to school on October 12 after another week at home
    • Victorian schools will have a complete return of all students by October  26
    • No coronavirus deaths were recorded in Victoria on Monday and nine new cases
    • Parents have been advised to drop their children off at school and leave 
    • Students will be forced top wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 

    Year 7 students will finally be able to return to school as the Victorian government continues to ease COVID-19 restrictions.  

    They will join primary school students, students studying VCE and VCAL and students attending specialist schools in returning to school next week. 

    Under initial plans by Premier Daniel Andrews’ government, Year 7 students were to be excluded from the initial return to school place. 

    Education Minister James Merlino said the move recognised the importance of getting new high school students into class. 

    ‘Today is a really, really great day,’ he told a press conference on Monday.   

    Under the plan, all students returning to Victorian schools will be required to wear face masks to restrict the spread of COVID-19. 

    On Monday, Victoria recorded no coronavirus deaths and just nine new cases. 

    Once back at school, only students from years 8 to 10 will remain at home schooling.  

    They will not return to school until October 26.

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