Children will start returning to school in Victoria NEXT WEEK

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 

By Wayne Flower, Melbourne Correspondent

Published: 01:03 BST, 5 October 2020 | Updated: 01:23 BST, 5 October 2020

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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. 

Melbourne children will return to school next week after spending weeks in home schooling

Melbourne children will return to school next week after spending weeks in home schooling

James Merlino delivered good news for the parents of Year 7 students, but bad news for older students desperate to return to school

James Merlino delivered good news for the parents of Year 7 students, but bad news for older students desperate to return to school 

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

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