*Is my school closed due to COVID-19?*

Remember that if you are unwell with a temperature, cough or cold and flu symptoms, it’s important that you stay at home and practice social distancing.

Short answer – school holidays started on Tuesday 24 March

Long answer 

The Victorian government has brought forward the school holidays in Victoria to start from Tuesday 24 March. Term 2 will commence for staff on Tuesday 14 April (pupil free day) and for students on Wednesday 15 April. Further advice will be released about students transitioning to flexible and remote learning before term 2 starts.

For more information, you can visit the Department of Education website here:

https://education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

What if I attend a private or independent school?

If you go to a private or independent school, they can make their own decisions about whether your school can stay open or not. We recommend that you contact your school directly and ask if they are open. 

Who else you can talk to

If you’re feeling stressed or worried about what is happening you can contact:

  • the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 for free and private counselling (available 24 hours a day, but there can be a wait to get through). They are happy to talk to young people between the ages of 5-25 years about anything that’s troubling them. You can also email them or chat online at: http://kidshelpline.com.au./
  • eHeadspace provides counselling to young people ages 12-25 who are worried about their mental health or are feeling alone. You can email them or chat online at: https://www.eheadspace.org.au./

Other useful resources

See the Australian Government recommendations here: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

See the headspace factsheet on coronavirus here: https://headspace.org.au/young-people/how-to-cope-with-stress-related-to-covid-19/

See Reach Out’s tips for taking care of yourself here: https://au.reachout.com/articles/10-ways-to-take-care-of-yourself-during-coronavirus

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