Daniel Andrews has said for weeks that he would announce any change to Victoria’s COVID-19 restrictions today. But he has once again left Victorian students, teachers and parents in the dark.
This morning’s announcement of the first step of restrictions easing has neglected a return to school plan.
Despite the Chief Health Officer saying in this morning’s press conference “I don't have an issue with schools reopening”, Daniel Andrews said this morning that he won’t be making any announcements about Victoria's return to school today.
It’s simply not fair, and it’s not right for Daniel Andrews to refuse to be upfront with Victorians about when schools will reopen for all Victorian students.
The Victorian Liberal Nationals called on Daniel Andrews to allow Victorian students to return to school, together with appropriate health safeguards over two weeks ago.
This call relied on the advice of Australia’s Chief Medical Officer and the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) which supported children learning at school in Term Two – advice that has remained consistent.
It’s time now, today, for Daniel Andrews to give the certainty to the community that Victorians deserve.
Cindy McLeish MP
Shadow Minister for Education