By Wayne Flower, Melbourne Correspondent
Published: 01:03 BST, 5 October 2020 | Updated: 01:23 BST, 5 October 2020
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
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