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As more Melbourne students start going back to the classroom, here’s a bit more detail on what will happen if there’s a positive case

Schools in metropolitan Melbourne are welcoming students back this week as part of a staggered return to classrooms — prep students returned on Monday, and grades one and two will return tomorrow.

Deputy Secretary of the Department of Education and Training, David Howes, said schools will no longer have to close for all students in the event of a positive case.

“Typically, it will only be that class whereas in the past it’s been the whole school that’s had to be out. The vast majority of students will be back the next day,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.

He said unvaccinated primary school students would still be required to isolate for 14 days if they are deemed a close contact, but it’s likely that won’t be the case for older students.

“We are hoping that fully vaccinated secondary students only need to isolate for seven days.”

Schools will also not be required to undergo a deep clean if a positive case is detected.

Mr Howes said schools will not be allowed to deviate from the rules set down by the department.

“What we want is exactly a uniform approach, very tight, very predictable, very structured approach that means schools know exactly what they have to do and parents and the community can be very confident in the steps that will be followed.”

Reporting by Tim Callanan

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