Daily temperature checks for Melbourne students

Students across greater Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire will be subject to daily temperature checks when school returns.

The Andrews Government announced last week schools would not return on Monday after the school holidays as planned, but students wuld have another week off while the COVID-19 numbers continue to soar across the state.

Students at government schools will receive a temperature check every morning, with thermometers also provided to all non-government schools.

More than 14,000 non-contact infrared thermometers will be given to government, independent and Catholic schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, and to schools in neighbouring areas who need to undertake testing.

If a student has a temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or above, schools will be required to contact parents or carers to arrange for students to return home.

Families will then be encouraged to seek testing for coronavirus or the advice of their healthcare professional who can advise on next steps.

“Daily temperature checks will help make sure unwell students stay at home and do not risk spreading coronavirus,” Education Minister James 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.”