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Victorian students, parents prepare for unvaccinated teachers’ return

Victorian schools are preparing to welcome back unvaccinated teachers and support staff months after they were banned from campuses.

The change will apply to government school and marks a shift from the three Covid jabs each teacher currently needs in order to work.

Staff will not have to disclose their vaccination status and parents will be given a say in whether their child is taught by someone who is jabbed.

However, the new rules will not apply in specialist schools.

Double-dosed staff who were stood down in April for not taking up the offer of a third vaccination will automatically be able to return to their jobs on Monday.

However, the 240 teachers and support workers suspended for remaining unvaccinated will have to reapply for a role.

Victorian students, parents prepare for unvaccinated teachers’ return
Camera IconUnvaccinated teachers will soon return to the classroom. Credit: News Regional Media

Thousands of school-based positions are currently unfilled across the state with the problem at its worst in rural and regional areas.

Berwick Lodge Primary School Principal Henry Grossek said the shortages signified “turmoil” within the industry.

“We’ve got a lot of things going on. We’ve got a shortage of teachers … we’ve got people who are sacked — can they come back? Can they not?” he told 3AW.

He also said parents have voiced concerns about their children being taught by an unvaccinated teacher.

“Some parents with immunocompromised kids are very wary of their children catching Covid,” he said.

“The only thing that parents can do, and we dissuade them from doing it, is keep their children home.”

Other essential industry workers will have their vaccine mandates eased at midnight on Friday, with the exception of healthcare workers.

“Workers who interact with a vulnerable person will still require three COVID-19 vaccine doses,” the Victorian Government said in a statement.

“This includes residential aged care and disability care, healthcare, and custodial and emergency services, including police.”

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