Daily temperature checks will be introduced in schools across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus in Victoria.
Students at government schools would receive a temperature check every morning under the new plan, with thermometers also provided to all non-government schools.
Children from metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire who attend schools outside of the Local Government Areas (LGAs) in lockdown would also have to undergo temperature checks.
If a student records a temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or above, they will be sent home.
Families will then be encouraged to seek testing for coronavirus.
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"Daily temperature checks will help make sure unwell students stay at home and do not risk spreading coronavirus," Education Minister James Merlino said.
The initiative comes as Melbourne and Mitchell Shire enter stage three COVID-19 lockdown today.
More than 14,000 non-contact infrared thermometers will be given to government, independent and Catholic schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, as well as to schools in neighbouring areas who need to undertake testing.
Early childhood education and care services would also be provided with thermometers if required.
The temperature checks follow the decision to extend school holidays for prep to Year 10 students from metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire due to the coronavirus crisis.
A decision about whether these year levels would return to face-to-face learning for term three will be made in the coming week.
Students enrolled in VCE and VCAL subjects, including those with parents and carers who cannot work from home, and those who attend local specialist schools will all return to school on Monday.
Supervised school holiday programs would also be available next week for vulnerable students and children of essential workers.
Schools in regional Victoria will return to classrooms as scheduled on July 13.
Up to $45 million has been splashed by the state government on extensive cleaning in schools.
"As we follow the advice of our health experts, we're also making sure vulnerable students and those in the final stages of their education remain engaged in face-to-face learning," Mr Merlino said.
"I understand that this is a stressful time for parents, but we are following the best medical advice and taking every possible precaution to ensure the safety of all Victorians."
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-victoria-schools-to-temperature-check-students-melbourne-mitchell-shire/f028e6c3-2b85-4a52-9c6f-c69d502a0e4a